Invalids' Cemetery of Berlin – In the Shadow of the Wall

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Invalids' Cemetery of Berlin – In the Shadow of the Wall

From US$ 169.76 per group up to 20

Discover the Invalids’ Cemetery of Berlin, a place whose story was strongly influenced by the Berlin Wall. Learn all about the difficult history of the cemetery; see prominent as well as controversial symbols of German history.

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Duration 2 hours
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Limited to 10 participants

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Highlights
  • Experience the unique atmosphere of the Invalids' Cemetery in Berlin among historical gravesites and remains of the Wall
  • See the gravestones of important figures of German history
  • Be amazed by Schinkel's magnificent gravestone for Scharnhorst, one of the most beautiful in Berlin
  • Discover the imposing gravestones of military leaders, diplomats, and politicians.
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Discover the Invalids’ Cemetery of Berlin, a place whose story was strongly influenced by the Berlin Wall. Learn the history of a cemetery where many of the prominent gravestones were destroyed during the building of the Wall. See old gravestones, wonderful sandstone work from the time of Frederick the Great, and prominent as well as controversial new symbols of German history: the former graves of Heydrick and of Lufthansa engineers, as well as those of both protectors and destroyers of the Weimar Republic. In the central part of the cemetery, you’ll find one of the most beautiful gravestones in Berlin: Schinkel’s gravestone for Gerhard von Scharnhorst. Here, you’ll also find the imposing gravestones of famous military leaders, diplomats, and politicians. To close the tour, the fascinating history of this unique place will be brought to life by means of a reading from Uwe Timm’s novel “Penumbra.”
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  • Guided tour
  • Travel to the cemetery
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

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  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Humorous November walk in the Invalidenfriedhof

In November a tour of a cemetery, tombs of old generals - that sounds rather contemplative and, well, boring. Far from it: Mr. Kniestedt presented the disability cemetery to us in a lively and humorous manner, he raised the buried (in our mind's eye) with wonderful anecdotes. He competently responded to all questions from the tour group and has shown us that he can present such a place steeped in history with subtle wit and undisputed expertise. Occasional leaps in the methodology were quite demanding; but they only show that history is more than the sequence of years. We would love to come back!

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December 5, 2012

We recommend!

Very informative and educational tour. Personal interests were also well catered for. Time passed far too quickly. Very nice contact with the guide already in preparation. Pleasant way of conveying knowledge.

January 19, 2015

Highly competent leader

Not only was the cemetery presented to us, but also its surroundings and social and political assessments. Very interesting and entertaining. Highly recommended.

April 28, 2016

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