Now with spring slowly approaching it seems a perfect time to tip-toe across some of Berlin’s romantic cemeteries, of which there are plenty. You don’t have to embark on a trip to Berlin Weissensee, which translates into ‘white lake’ and which is home to Europe’s biggest Jewish grave-yard. Though, it’s well worth the visit.
But no, you can stroll around Prenzlauer Berg or Mitte and still find a plethora of burial places. There is the Jewish cemetery on Schönhauser Allee for one. Adjacent to its Lapidarium lies a stunning array of trees and selpulchres. Straying further to the south-east, at the foot of Prenzlauer Alle you can head for the little cemetery just opposite the ‘members only’ Soho House. Here, beyond a tendril-furnished cottage you’ll stumble upon another hidden beauty.
Now slide south, tackle Torstrasse and limp into Linienstrasse where you walk way way west till you get to Kleine Rosenthaler Strasse, the corner of which is signposted by one of the few remaining squats – a bit of a landmark, really. On the latter street you take the first possible entrance to the left and enter into a beautiful silent yard – the old garrison cemetery. The last corpse was laid to rest here in 1946.
Face a leap of a good mile to the north-west and you not only end up with old aristocrats and army personnel but also encounter cemetery celebrity. For west to the bottom of Chausseestrasse is a line-up of Germany’s yesteryear intelligentsia, such as Berthold Brecht, to name just one. The B.B. house can be visited a few steps to the north.
A last word, if you allow: remember, no matter which of these places you decide to see - all of which are highly recommendable come rain or shine – please pay your due respect to the dead and all others who live there.
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