About the cemetery

The Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof has been a cemetery since 1762.
It was established for the new Berlin parishes developing during the reign of Kaiser Friedrich the Great. In 1780 it was founded as Dorotheenstädtisch-Französischer Friedhof (French Cemetery) by the protestant French Huguenot community in Berlin.

The Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof is certainly worth to visit because of the many illustrious personalities of German culture that lie buried here. On the tombstones are names such as Schinkel, Schadow, Fichte, Hegel, Dessau, Brecht and Weigel.

Furthermore, on the northern edge of the cemetery is located the house of German poet, playwrighter and theatre director Berthold Brecht (1898-1956) and his wife, actress Helene Weigel (1900-1972). They lived there from 1953 until their deaths. The house contains manuscripts, typescripts and collections of Brecht’s printed works.
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