Circus Gleich in Germany

Circus Gleich


Opened for public1928
Closed down1937
Country Germany


Key People: Otto Sailer-Jackson (animal trainer)


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Circus Gleich, Germany , was founded in 1928, opened for public in 1928. Circus Gleich closed down in 1937.

Comments / picturesFirst owned by The Häni family, the circus was known as Grand Cirque Bernois in Switzerland at the turn of the 20th century; in the 1910s, it became Zirkus Blumenfeld & Hänni, and in 1921 Circus Henny. After Julius Gleich (1886-1951) married Carola Häni (b.1894), he later became director of the Circus.

1919: Julius Gleich became director in 1919.

Circus Gleich in Germany GermanyApplication to visit the city of Aachen 1922, written by Julius Gleich in 1921.

1922: the name was changed to European Barnum & Bailey
1924: the name was changed to Circus Gleich. In 1924, Cirque Gleich had a menagerie of 160 animals and a cavalry of 116 horses. The show was given either simultaneously on three tracks, or the hippodrome track. The Cirque Gleich marquee, a 62-meter-long circus racetrack, had a seating capacity of 10,000, one of the largest tents in Europe.

Circus Gleich in Germany GermanyCircus Gleich train unloading, ca 1925.

Circus Gleich in Germany GermanyOtto Sailer-Jackson on Circus Gleich in 1929.

Circus Gleich went bankrupt in 1935. After returning to a more modest size, Circus Gleich came to a definitive halt in 1937. Julius Gleich tried to revive his business after the war on a much smaller scale, but the experiment was interrupted by his death in 1951.

References for records about Circus Gleich

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2023). Circus Gleich, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Litterature about Circus Gleich

Recommended Litterature:

  • Julius Gleich und sein "Riesencircus": Eine Dokumentation Paperback – 1 Aug. 2017, by Dietmar Winkler (Autor)

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