Der Sozialisten-Friedhof in Friedrichsfelde – S-Bahn Berlin
S-Bahn Berlin planned a hike.
July 10, 2019
In 1880, the extent of the city of Berlin had reached unprecedented proportions and because of the many new residents needed more burial places. One of them was the Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde. The city of Berlin acquired a 25-acre piece of land from the owner of Ritterguts Friedrichsfelde on the eastern edge of the city. After the opening in 1881, this was the first time that it was possible to have funeral funerals - the city was paying for the cost. In particular, the cemetery with its park-like facility came in the year 1900: At that time attracted 150,000 people to the cemetery to attend the funeral of Wilhelm Liebknecht. He was followed by many other high-ranking members of the SPD over the years and soon the cemetery was known only as a socialist cemetery. During the GDR, the individual SPD and KPD members were even reburied to create a joint socialist memorial in the cemetery.With the S-Bahn lines S5, S7 and S75 it goes first to the S-Bahn station Friedrichsfelde East. Here you follow a short piece of the Rhinstraße, before it goes through a garden plot to the central cemetery Friedrichsfelde. You enter the "Socialist Cemetery" via a side entrance and then stroll past the striking celebration hall in the direction of the Socialist Memorial.The circular memorial with the large forecourt - in the GDR was held here one or the other day of remembrance - is located near the main entrance. From here you walk on the broad avenues in the north, you can discover the grave of Käthe Kollwitz and also come to the graves of the victims of fascism. Over 900 political concentration camp inmates found their final resting place here.Arriving at the northern edge of the cemetery, it is worth taking a short detour to the landscape park Herzberge, where you can walk past sheep, cattle and orchards. Afterwards our route will take you through the cemetery back to the S-Bahn station.
October 16, 2019