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Friedhof Heerstraße (Heerstraße Cemetery)


Cemetery Hall. Tor

Memorial Tablets

Sale e Tabacchi

The Deserted Room

Luisenst. Canal Gardens

Comenius Garden

Nat. Reserve Schöneberg

Russian Church

R. Luxemburg Memorial

Cadillacs in Concrete

Schildhorn Column

Heerstraße Cemetery
Kleist's Grave
Mori-Ogai Memorial

The Friedhof Heerstrasse, which is open to all religions, is one of the most unusual burial places in the city in both its landscape and garden design. It was created in the 1920’s and probably designed by Erwin Barth, the director of the Charlottenburg gardens. The name of the cemetery, which is seen as an expensive and exclusive estate, is misleading. It refers to the inhabitants of the villa colony of Heerstraße for whom it was originally built and not to its actual situation on the Trakehner Allee. The Sausuhlensee, (the Sausuhlen lake) forms the scenic heart of the place. It lies in the formerly wooded area of the Grunewald and its slopes rise steeply to the road 20 metres above. A large circular bed of yew hedges lies in the centre of a park area south-west of the lake and the graves were arranged on both sides. The main paths radiate out in the form of a star from here and the rows of graves descend in terraces to this point. Around the lake, the formal design of the garden relaxes and pleasant paths lead to the eastern section which was extended after the Second World War. This wooded area has not been developed much and extends the area to three times its original size. The cemetery’s prominent position in the west of Charlottenburg guarantees a further characteristic, the large number of famous personalities buried there. An extensive list that one can buy from the cemetery administration contains many names of actors, artists and writers, among them Tilla Durieux, George Grosz, Georg Kolbe and Joachim Ringelnatz. Georg Kolbe designed his own family’s burial place and this is also one of the most important memorials in the cemetery. It consists of three graceful pillars set between four large marble slabs. The left one represents earth, the right one heaven and the central pillar with its little angel heads reminds one of the artist’s beautiful wife who died prematurely.


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