In German-speaking Europe, ? – 20ᵗʰ century, a unit of distance, varying by locality. A "postal mile."

Unit Magnitude
hannoverische Postmeile about 7419.21 meters (about 4.61 miles)
oldenburgische Postmeile about 7423.03 (some say 7423.6 meters) (about 4.61 miles)
preußische Postmeile,
also simply called a Meile
about 7532.4 meters (about 4.68 miles)
Lübeck 7532.5 meters


In Austria, a unit of distance. Article 4 of the law¹ establishing the metric system in Austria specified that the Österreichesches Postmeile (or simply Meile) was equivalent to 7.585936 kilometers (about 4.714 miles).

1. Gesetz of 23 July 1871, R.G.B 1872, No. 16. The law is reproduced in
Georg Thaa.
Das Mass- und Gewichtwesen und der Richdienst in Österreich.
Volume 13 of Taschenausgabe de Österreichischen Gesetze.
Vienna: Munz'sche k. u. k. Hof- Verlags- und Universitats-Buchhandlung, 1900.

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