The former burial ground of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John’s was opened in 1831 and used until 1979 as a cemetery. However, from 1897 on no new grave sites were admitted. Through the Second World War, the cemetery suffered great damage to its grounds in the summer of 1943. Until 1948 the citizens of Hamburg cultivated potatoes and vegetables between the graves. Around 1979, the cemetery was finally redesigned to a public green space and handed back to the population as Wohlerspark.
To date, many historic structures have been preserved, such as the defining cross of the lime avenues and many significant Hanseatic graves. The Wohlerspark is meant for calm and contemplative recreation. To some it is also known as “Tai Chi park, because people come here for that very purpose. On the old grave stones or the surrounding lawns, you can sit and enjoy the meditative atmosphere, the sand paved paths are good for running or walking.
At the moment it’s quite muddy, you’d better choose adequate footwear. In the large roundabout in the middle of the park you can admire sculptures. Especially in the spring when the trees in Wohlerspark are in full bloom, this is the most romantic place in Hamburg with a haunted, almost fairytale-like setting.
In the small area between St. Pauli and Altona many contrasts, like in no other park in Hamburg, come together!
Wohlerspark | Relaxing | Free
24 hours daily