With a total running time of 25 hrs 32 min, it holds the Guinness World Record for 'Longest Film Commercially Shown In Its Entirety' as it premiered on theater screens in Munich, Germany in September 1992.

Salome Kammer who plays Clarissa Lichtblau, Hermann's main love interest, is a cellist in real life, and later married director Edgar Reitz.

Running at over 25 hours, Die Zweite Heimat took over six years to write and production lasted 557 days. The cast comprised 71 leading actors, 310 supporting actors and 2,300 extras. The film's soundtrack also became the longest soundtrack ever produced.