Dorotheenstadt Cemetery, Berlin

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The Dorotheenstadt cemetery, officially the "Cemetery of the Dorotheenstadt and Friedrichswerder Parishes", is a landmarked Protestant burial ground located in the Berlin district of Mitte which dates to the late 18th century. The entrance to the 17,000 m2 plot is at 126 Chaussee Straße (next door to the Brecht House, where Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel spent their last years, at 125 Chaussee Straße). It is also directly adjacent to the French cemetery (also known as the cemetery of the Huguenots), established in 1780, and is sometimes confused with it.HistoryIn the second half of the 18th century, Berlin's population was growing and there was insufficient land for cemeteries because of pressure to build on vacant land and fear of epidemics. Prussian King Frederick II, "the Great", donated land outside the Oranienburg Gate of the Berlin Customs Wall for this purpose; 4 cemeteries were established, of which the French cemetery and the Dorotheenstadt cemetery survive. The Dorotheenstadt cemetery was established jointly by the two (Protestant) parishes in the early 1760s; burials began in 1770.Although initially mostly the lower classes were buried in the Dorotheenstadt cemetery, because of its proximity to Berlin University (founded 1810, since 1949 Humboldt University) and several scholarly academies (sciences, arts, architecture, singing), many prominent figures who worked and in many cases lived in Dorotheenstadt and Friedrichswerder have found their last resting place here.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Times come down in the middle of the scene neighborhood - you can quite wonderful at this historic cemetery on the Chaussee road immediately next to the Brechthaus. Brecht, Hegel and Fichte found their last resting here. Their resting place were here celebrities from four centuries. And this cemetery is just that: serenity, openness to the world and... Just take it easy. Not many tourists get lost on this shady and therefore in the sultry Berlin summer pleasant place. One strolls along the graves, discovered graves of writers (Brecht and Christa Wolf), by the great architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel or the former Federal President Johannes Rau. Most graves are very well maintained and you can sit on one of the benches and philosophize a bit about life and death. This is a highly inspirational place with its light and shadow play, the overgrown tomb stones and the elaborate tombs and mausoleums for photographers. And — all free of charge!
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  • August 15, 2017
    Anyone who knows Berlin from all sides, should plan a walk on one of the many historic cemeteries. It's worth. Brecht, Wolf, Adlon...viele well known personalities have participated in Berlin and found their last resting place. Interesting and far away from the typical tourist paths.
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  • July 14, 2017
    We entered through the very lovely French cemetery, and picked up a guide leaflet (in German) which points you to the most famous graves (Brecht, Hegel etc). The scale of some of the tombs is stunning...  more »

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