I had never heard of this place until I moved around the corner. At first it seemed like a normal cemetery to me, maybe a little bit neglected. When I saw the first people jogging there I thought ‘that’s odd’. Seeing people sunbathe next to the graves the following day I thought ‘that’s really odd’. After I witnessed picnics in this cemetery I googled it.
This area has not been used as a cemetery for a long time. Since 1944 no one has been buried there. It’s the Maxvorstadt alternative to the English Garden: A lot smaller. And with graves.
It’s still a little bit weird to see people jogging, sunbathing, taking out their dogs or having a picnic in a place where more than 60,000 people were buried between 1868 and 1944, but as long as no one’s naked like in the English Garden, I’m okay with it.
The history and special atmosphere of this place are obvious, so people who go there act accordingly. They might jog, but they don’t yell, they might bring and eat their food, but they also take their trash with them afterwards. And you’re welcome to join.
A retreat in the middle of Munich and my favourite place to relax.