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10 famous personalities buried in Berlin

Berlin has a turbulent history of over 700 years. And in it intoxicating personalities who have shaped the course of the world with their own means and even changed it. Artists, philosophers, activists, politicians, scientists. Flashy characters who brought fantasy into our reality. Bright minds who have changed the way we think. We now enjoy revolutionary spirits who have conquered rights. The Amstel House made a list: 10 famous people buried in Berlin. 10 Herous Tombs can be found on walks around some of the city's beautiful cemeteries.


Marlene Dietrich

* 1901 † 1992 | actress and singer


Marlene Dietrich, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, became internationally known for her role as Lola in the film The Blue Angel. With her beauty, glamor and talent, Dietrich enchanted the world with one of the most successful careers in Hollywood history. She was honored several times for her talent and humanitarian commitment during World War II. When she sang in the iconic song: “This is Berlin, Berlin, the eternally young city / This is Berlin, Berlin that has my love”. Although she had spent her final years in Paris, where she died in 1992, she was buried in Berlin - as she wished - near her family. The Marlene-Dietrich-Platz in Berlin - the main square of the Berlin International Film Festival - was named in her honor.




Friedenau Cemetery | Stubenrauchstrasse 43-45




Rosa Luxemburg

* 1871 † 1919 | Theorist and socialist revolutionary


The prominent Marxist economic theorist Rosa Luxemburg was an advocate of mass action and workers' democracy. The “accumulation of capital” is considered to be its most important contribution to the social sciences. Together with Karl Liebknecht, she founded the Anti-War Spartacus League during the First World War. In 1918 she joined the German Revolution, was arrested and executed the following year. Her body was thrown into the Landwehr Canal in Berlin. A memorial plaque was set up there in her honor. The last words from Luxembourg, written on the day of her assassination, were: “You blunt minions! Your 'order' is built on sand. Tomorrow the revolution will “rise up again with a rattle” and, to your horror, proclaim with the sound of a trumpet: “I was, I am, I will be!”. The Rose-Luxemburg metro station in Mitte was named in her honor.


Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery | Lichtenberg, Berlin



Friedrich Hegel

* 1770 † 1831 | philosopher


One of the most important and influential names in Western philosophy, Hegel is a central figure in German idealism, a speculative philosophical movement that arose in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His enormous influence exceeded the limits of philosophy, which also affected other sciences. It is because of his time in Berlin that Hegel's popularity and impact remained so strong. The University of Berlin was a scientific center at that time and was dominated by the Hegelians for decades after his death. He died in late 1831 during a cholera epidemic in Berlin. The Hegelplatz in Mitte was named in his honor.




Dorotheenstädtisch-Friedrichwerderscher Friedhof I Berlin-Mitte




Brothers Grimm

Jacob * 1785 † 1863 | Wilhem * 1786 † 1859
Cultural scholars, authors, collectors and publishers of folklore



The two brothers are among the most famous storytellers of all time. They dedicated their entire lives to the collection of German folk tales and collected more than 200 stories in their precious collection. Thanks to the Grimms, many of these stories - once only known and told by mouth to mouth - were not only saved but also made known all over the world. Some of them have been translated into more than 100 different languages. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty, for example, were also adapted by filmmakers like Lotte Reiniger and Walt Disney. The brothers spent their last years in Berlin and devoted their time and work to the German dictionary. The Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Center in the center of Berlin was named after them. Like its stories, this library is one of the most popular among Berlin students.


Old St. Matthew Cemetery | Tempelhof-Schöneberg



Bertolt Brecht

* 1898 † 1956 | Poet, playwright and theater director



The founder of the epic theater Bertolt Brecht is considered one of the most influential German playwrights of the 20th century. Strongly influenced by Marxism, his work tried to clarify the social questions of its time. His greatest success (The Threepenny Opera), written together with the musician Kurt Weul, is a socialist criticism of the capitalist world. Brecht was persecuted by the Nazis and left the country in exile, first to Switzerland and later to the United States. In 1949 Bertolt Brecht founded the theater group Berliner Ensemble with the support of the GDR government, which mainly put together his plays. Brecht died of a heart attack in East Berlin. The Berliner Ensemble is currently directed by Claus Peymann, who - like Brecht - is committed to producing political theater for the public.


Dorotheenstädtisch-Friedrichwerderscher Friedhof I Berlin-Mitte



Nico (Christa Päffgen)

* 1938 † 1988 | Actress, singer and model



Nico got her first jobs as a top model in Berlin. At the same time, she worked as a saleswoman for lingerie in the exclusive KaDeWe department store - one of the city's fashion symbols to this day. But it was in the United States as an actress and singer that she became famous. In addition to small but important film roles - such as in La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini - she was Andy Warhol's superstart in the big hit Chelsea Girls. As a singer, her deep, dark voice was mostly heard in the Velvet Underground. Her addiction to drugs led to a decline in her career. Nico died after a heart attack while on a bike ride while on vacation in Ibiza. She was buried next to her mother in a beautiful cemetery in the Grünewald in Berlin.



Grunewald-Forst cemetery | Grunewald | Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf



Alexander of

* 1769 † 1859 | Geographer, naturalist and explorer


One of the most famous and inspiring men of his time, Humboldt made important contributions to philosophy and science, especially in relation to geography. Considered one of the greatest travelers in history, he spent years on expeditions in Latin America, meticulously documenting his observations and discoveries, which served as a reference for many important names in science, such as Charles Darwin. He was one of the first to suggest that South America and Africa were once united. He lived in Berlin for many years, giving lectures and working on his last major publication, Kosmos. He died in his house on Oranienburger Strasse.




Humboldt Castle | Tegel-Reinickendorf



Karl Friedrich Schinkel

* 1781 † 1841 | Architect, urban planner and painter


Schinkel is considered to be one of the greatest architectures in German history. Most of his renowned and outstanding buildings can be seen in Berlin. As the supervisor of the Prussian building commission, Schinkel was able to transform the then not so dazzling style of Berlin into the great capital of Prussia - which he did with great talent. These structures are part of the city's architectural style and should be appreciated by any visitor to the city. To name just a few: Neue Wache, National Monument of the Wars of Liberation, Konzerthaus and Altes Museum. The Johanniskirche is only a few meters away from Amstel House and is one of the four Schinkelian suburban churches.



Dorotheenstädtisch-Friedrichwerderscher Friedhof I | Berlin center




Willy Brandt

* 1913 † 1992 | Statesman and politician


The Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (1969 to 1974) Willy Brandt received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to establish cooperation in Western Europe and to attempt reconciliation with the countries of Eastern Europe during the Cold War. He was considered a controversial figure: on the one hand, viewed with suspicion by the right because of his Ostpolitik, on the other hand not viewed well by the left because of his support for American politics, such as the Vietnam War. He resigned as Chancellor in 1974 after the West German authorities found out that the Guillaume affair, one of Brandt’s closest assistants, was working as a spy agent for the Stasi. One of his most famous sentences was said when the Berlin Wall came down, "Now what belongs together grows together". The Willy-Brandt Forum in Unter den Linden shows photos, documents and facts about his life.



Forest cemetery Zehlendorf | Nikolassee - Steglitz-Zehlendorf



Herbert Marcuse

* 1898 † 1979 | Philosopher, sociologist and political theorist


Marcuse, born and buried in Berlin, was a very influential thinker of the Frankfurt School and one of the most inspiring spiritual leaders of the 1960s. As an enthusiastic fighter for freedom and human emancipation, against any kind of oppression and domination, he served as a motivation for hippie ideals, anti-war campus protest and the Paris 68 group. He was also hailed as the father of the New Left, a political movement that made important reforms on issues such as civil rights, gay rights, abortion, gender roles and drugs.





Dorotheenstädtisch-Friedrichwerderscher Friedhof | Berlin center