Berlin’s Cemeteries

I always liked cemeteries. Don’t get me wrong. I have never been into Gothic, and I always hated Patchouli. But I just like cemeteries for the romantic, beautiful and quite atmosphere. Every time I go to Paris I visit the Père Lachaise. Not only to pay my respect to Jim, but also to see all the other beautiful graves. However, you don’t have to go to Paris to see romantic mausoleums or melancholic angels. Berlin has some remarkable cemeteries as well. More ofter the jump.

Here’s our very personal selection of cemeteries in Berlin:

1. Jewish Cemetery Prenzlauer Berg
Berlin’s biggest Jewish cemetery is located in Weissensee, which is pretty far out (Tram: M4 Albertinenstraße). If you don’t want to go that far, there is another one in Prenzlauer Berg as well. It is quite small compared to the other one, but it is really worth visiting. And even though it is located on Schönhauser Allee, it is so incredible quite there…

Schönhauser Allee 23
Tram: M2 Husemannstraße

2. St. Mary and St. Nikolas Cemetery
This is my favourite one from this selection. It has all the romantic cliches that I like about cemeteries: angels, sad looking statues and rotting graves from the early 19th century. Most of the pictures of this article were taken at this cemetery.

Prenzlauer Allee 7
Tram: M2 Prenzlauer Allee / Metzer Straße

3. Cemetery II of the French Protestant Church
This cemetery is much smaller compared to the other one in this selection. Never the less, it is worth going there. There are some spectacular graves to see. The grim looking angel with the hole in its head for instance.

Liesenstraße 7
Subway: U6 Schwartkopffstraße

4. Friedrichswerderscher Cemetery
There actually is a cemetery on Bergmannstraße. Of course it is not located on the lively part of the street close to Mehringdamm, it is at the other end of it, between the market hall and Südstern. This is the biggest cemetery of this selection. There are some really old graves there, and it is quite spooky as well, as there are a number of rotten mausoleums.

Bergmannstraße 42-44
Subway: U7 Südstern

5. Dorotheenstädtisch – Friedrichswerderscher Cemetary
If German is not your mother tongue, this name must be a nightmare to pronounce. Anyhow, I am not too fond of this cemetery. If you are into celebrity graves, this is your place to go. There are Bertolt Brecht, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Heiner Müller, Heinrich Mann and much more. But actually, this cemetery is quite boring. There is not much to see, and the celebrity graves are not spectacular. Most of the time the cemetery is crowded by tourists as well, so I would not recommend visiting this one.

Chausseestraße 127
Subway: U6 Naturkundemuseum

Jens by
on January 25th, 2012
updated on January 25th, 2012
in Areas, City Guide, Kreuzberg, Misc., Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg

5 Responses to “Berlin’s Cemeteries”

  1. fredo Says:

    Great topic..I’ve always passed by the one on Prenzlauer Allee and wanted to have a look inside. And I am loving your definition of “far out” for Weissensee which is actually close to Prenzlauer Berg and therefore to the “center”, whatever that might mean in Berlin.

  2. michael Says:

    although I’m still yet to pay my respects, Friedhof Schöneberg III is where Marlene Dietrich and Helmut Newton were laid to rest.

  3. Jessica Says:

    Beautiful images and words. Cemeteries can be haunting places with such interesting history, more people should make the voyage and pay their respects.

  4. Karl Says:

    very interesting. Still feels strange to read things like “far out” in a city like Berlin without center or downtown. Anything any district in Berlin is close and far to anything at the same time. For me Mauerpark is “far out”, for my friends the Soviet Memorial is “far out”. C’mon guys

  5. marco Says:

    What about the small Friedhof Grunewald Forst, ever been there?

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