Ludwig Dürr

Ludwig Dürr was the chief designer of all airships built by the Zeppelin Company with the sole exception of the very first zeppelin, LZ-1, which he helped build.


Ludwig Dürr in his early days with Count von Zeppelin

Ludwig Dürr in his early days with Count von Zeppelin

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin made Dürr his chief designer when the Count’s first engineer, Hugo Kübler, who had designed LZ-1, refused to fly in the airship he had created. After Zeppelin was forced to dismantle his first ship and cease operations for lack of funds in 1900, Dürr was the sole employee who continued to work for Zeppelin, and he remained with the Zeppelin Company until 1945.

In addition to working as a designer, Dürr was also trained as an airship pilot, and he commanded the zeppelins LZ-5 (Z-II), LZ-6, and LZ-7 Deutschland.

In the very first ship he designed, LZ-2, Dürr made major and important engineering improvements, such as replacing the weak tubular girders of LZ-1, which had allowd the hull to twist and hog in flight, with triangular girders which provided the rigidity necessary for a successful airship.

Hugo Eckener and zeppelin designer Ludwig Duerr aboard LZ-126

Hugo Eckener and Ludwig  Dürr aboard LZ-126

Dürr was known for his conservative to approach to design, which was partly out of conviction, and partly because he recognized that his strength was in empirical design — learning from trial-and-error and previous experience — rather than a more theoretical or mathematical approach, which he left to others (such as Karl Arnstein for stress analysis, and Paul Jaray for aerodynamic design).  But there is no doubt that Dürr’s commitment to using time-tested, tried-and-true designs resulted in strong, sturdy ships.

Ludwig Dürr

Ludwig Dürr

Ludwig Dürr was born on June 4, 1878, and died on January 1, 1956.

10 Comments on "Ludwig Dürr"

  1. Dagmara Lizlovs | July 12, 2018 at 10:31 pm | Reply

    Just came across this video of the Santana Mile. The featured horse is Cat Burglar, but Dr. Durr leads all the way to victory. Sorry I can’t find more info on this Dr. Durr.

  2. did ludwig door have children and grandchildren and does anyone know how i might contact any of them? thanks for assistance.

  3. Robert McArthur | December 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm | Reply

    According to John Toland the Count also kept on his night watchman!

  4. Jeff Donaldson | February 4, 2015 at 1:41 am | Reply

    Hi! I would like to know where Ludwig Durr grave is at. I Peter 5:7

    • Dagmara Lizlovs | February 7, 2015 at 9:25 pm | Reply

      Best thing to do is this – Rather than visit the grave of person you admire very much, why not look at why do you admire this person so much? Then when you have found out why you admire this person so much, develop those same things in yourself. You will then be carrying on in the spirit of that person and doing far more than just leaving flowers at some grave where there is just the decomposing shell.

      If you are Catholic, you should pray for the repose of this person’s soul. This is a duty incumbent on one, if one is Catholic. This will do much for you too in ways you do not expect.

      Someday, I’d like to visit the grave of my favorite composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff. In the meantime, I will pray for the repose of his soul.

    • Dagmara Lizlovs | February 8, 2015 at 10:24 am | Reply


      My response to I Peter 5:7; Matthew 7:25-34

      With these respects to Ludwig Dürr:

      Psalm 126:5-6 (Note this is Psalm 125 in Douay Reims and the Eastern Orthodox Bible which use the Greek Psalter. The difference is in the division of the Psalms. Most Bibles we are familiar with use the Hebrew Psalter division of the Psalms.)

      1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 53-55

  5. Dagmara Lizlovs | August 27, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Reply

    I read in the Wikipedia article on Ludwig Dürr that there is a high trail in the Verwall Alps named after him, and I checked into this for more details. There is a trail system in Verwall region in Tyrol, Austria connecting several lodges (huts) that provide overnight accommodations for hikers. The trails vary in difficulty with the Ludwig Dürr Weg being the most difficult requiring alpine experience in the hiker.

    The trail begins at the lodge called the Friedrichshafen Hut. This hut and property was purchased in 1922 by the Deutscher Alpenverein (DAV) Sektion Friedrichshafen a group of then some 60 mountain enthusiasts founded in 1911 by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin Jr (nephew to the airship inventor) who was its first chairman. Another founding member was Ludwig Dürr who served as the section chairman from 1920 to 1945. Ludwig Dürr was the initiator for the acquisition of this property. Also, Ludwig Dürr had traversed through the uncharted areas in the Verwall region with other DAV members and established the trail that was to eventually bear his name.
    The Friedrichshafen Hut has 48 beds, a panoramic Alpine view, and a family atmosphere. A bronze bust of Ludwig Dürr on the terrace overlooks the trail named after him. Here is a brief article on Ludwig Dürr’s alpine work:;art372474,7060282

    Currently DAV has grown to some 4500 members. It is dedicated to a variety of mountain activities, youth, family and senior groups, Alpine conservation and education. Here is the DAV website (the English translations are decent):

    A brief history of the DAV is recounted here:

    The Ludwig Dürr Weg (Way) is about a 6.5 to 7 hour hike through steep terrain, ice and snow fields with a glacier crossing and ends at the lodge called the Darmstadt Hut. It is suggested that hikers have crampons, icepicks and the required experience for traversing glaciers. The following website gives an overview of the trail’s difficulty and the experience required:

    This website gives a profile of the elevations along the Ludwig Dürr:

    Here is a link to a topographical map and elevation profile:

    This link describes a hike through the Verwall/Paznauner trail system of which the Ludwig Dürr trail is listed as the 6th Stage:

    “At this stage we are dealing with a really high alpine climbing to do with glacial transition, which all the conditions necessary demands. This means in late summer ice ax and crampons may be required. Thus, it is the absolute hardest part of Paznauner altitude trail and requires alpine experience and knowledge.”

    Here is an excerpt from a trekking forum. The photographs are awesome:

    “On Fri we made the Ludwig Dürr-way (GPS Track) to Darmstädterhütte. It was really something. Snowfield to snowfield incl. Smaller climbing notes and a glacier crossing. This can be quite annoying if you have neither Leggings NEN ice pick here.”

    Although of these links have English translations available some of them require a little browsing to find them.

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