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|The Friedhof Heerstraße, open to all religions, is one of the most unusual burial places in the city in both its landscape and garden design. It was created in the nineteen-twenties and probably de- signed by Erwin Barth, who was at that time the director of the Charlottenburg gardens. The name of the cemetery is misleading. Seen as an expensive and exclusive estate, it refers to the inhabitants of the villa colony of Heerstraße for whom it was originally built, rather than its actual situation on the Trakehner Allee. The Sausuhlensee, (Sausuhlen Lake) forms the scenic heart of the place. It lies in the formerly wooded Grunewald area, and its slopes rise steeply to the road twenty metres above.
A large circular bed of yew hedges lies in the centre of a park area south-west of the lake, and the graves were arranged on both sides. The main paths radiate out in the form of a star from here, and the rows of graves descend in terraces towards it. Around the lake, the formal garden design relaxes, and pleasant paths lead to the eastern section, extended after the Second World War. This wooded area extends the area to three times its original size, though it has not been developed much.
The cemetery’s prominent position in the west of Charlottenburg guarantees a further characteristic: a plethora of famous personalities buried there. An extensive list (available to buy from the cemetery administration) contains many names of actors, artists and writers, among them Tilla Durieux, George Grosz, Georg Kolbe and Joachim Ringelnatz. Georg Kolbe designed his own family’s burial place, and this is also
one of the most important memorials in the cemetery. It consists of three graceful pillars set between four large marble slabs. The left one represents earth, the right one heaven and the central pillar, with its little angel heads, recalls the artist’s beautiful wife who died prematurely. On the south side, at the end of the Insterburgallee and after the S.-Bahn bridge, there is a further entrance to the cemetery. From here it is just a few steps to the Georg-Kolbe Museum.