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The Schosshaldenfriedhof is a cemetery at Ostermundigenstrasse 116 in Bern , Switzerland and, with an area of ​​16.8 hectares, the largest cemetery in the city.


Paul Klee's grave in Schosshaldenfriedhof
Row graves

The cemetery is on the border with the municipality of Ostermundigen . It was opened in 1877 as a replacement for the rose garden and then expanded several times. Rare wild plants grow in the meadows of the cemetery, and many species of birds, bats and small organisms live in the area .

The grave of Paul Klee and his family is on the Schosshaldenfriedhof . It bears a bronze plate with a quote from Klee from 1920: I cannot be grasped on this side. Because I live as well with the dead as I do with the unborn. A little closer to the heart of creation than usual. And still not close enough.

The museum grave field with exemplary gravestones from different epochs is also located on the site. The family grave of the brewery owner Rupert Gassner (1842–1901) is one of the few historical monuments that have been preserved at the original location.

Other prominent burials

Abolished graves


The Schosshaldenfriedhof is in crime novel The Judge and His Hangman by Friedrich Dürrenmatt mentioned here that killed fictional character lieutenant Ulrich Schmied (or Dr. Prantl) is buried.

See also

Web links

Commons : Schosshaldenfriedhof  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 46 ° 57 '9.4 "  N , 7 ° 28' 31.7"  E ; CH1903:  602,803  /  two hundred thousand one hundred and seventy-two