Enjoy a private 2-hour guided tour of the forgotten cemetery in Stahnsdorf, Berlin. Learn more about the history of the cemetery and see interesting gravestones of famous personalities in the wonderful natural surroundings.
What to Expect
Enjoy a tour of Stahnsdorf South-Western Cemetery, which was built in 1909 as the most important cemetery in Berlin’s southwest region. However, the hinterland was lost after the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961 and thus became a hidden jewel of history and nature.
Southwest of Berlin, the central cemetery was established for the towns of Charlottenburg and Schöneberg, which later became districts of West Berlin. The plans were ambitions, since the city of Berlin was in constant growth in the early 20th century.
After one of the most beautiful park cemeteries was created in Stahnsdorf, it began to make history. With the division of Berlin, a visit to the cemetery became increasingly difficult for West Berliners and virtually impossible from 1961 onwards. Nature took over and covered up the graves. The “rediscovery” of the cemetery and the personalities buried there began after 1990.
See the important graves of St.-Matthäus-Kirchhof in Berlin, which were reburied in Stahnsdorf as part of the planning of the “World Capital Germania”. Visit the grave of the actor Joachim Gottschalk, who killed himself in 1941 in response to the racial policies of the Nazis, and the grave of the clairvoyant Hanussen, who was murdered by the Nazis.
Explore the interesting gravestones: Kadelburg, theatrically as a dungeon, and Wissinger, one of the most unusual gravestones in expressionist style. You can also arrange to discover other graves, such as those of Heinrich Zille, Rudolf Breitscheid, Engelbert Humperdinck, or Adolf Rohrbach.
- Private tour of the cemetery
What's Not Included
- Pick-up and drop off to/from Stahnsdorf
Know Before You Go
The cemetery is very large (206 hectares). You therefore cover a large distance on the tour (approximately 3-4 kilometers). Please note that you are exposed to the weather in the cemetery.