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On 17, Aug 2013 | One Comment | In Culture, Germany, Photography, Travel | By kanannie

Ohlsdorf Cemetery

If I absolutely had to be buried in a cemetery*, it would be without a doubt Hamburg’s Ohlsdorf Cemetery. The second largest cemetery in the world after Long Island’s Calverton National Cemetery, the non-denominational Ohlsdorf Cemetery “has an area of 391 hectares (966 acres) with 12 chapels, over 1.5 million burials in more than 280,000 burial sites and streets with a length of 17 km (11 mi). There are 4 entrances for vehicles and public transport is provided with 25 bus stops.” This is a cemetery on steroids. N and I spent a quiet afternoon driving and walking through the memorials for the war dead and the beautiful civilian burial sites.

Ohlsdorf Cemetery

How stunning is that?

Ohlsdorf Cemetery

Hey, a New Yorker!

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Prime burial real estate next to a lake.

Ohlsdorf Cemetery

It was pretty much inevitable to run into one of these. This tombstone is for a SS officer (SS insignia at the bottom).

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A pretty lavish tombstone for someone who probably died during WWI.

Ohlsdorf Cemetery

Another fallen soldier.

Ohlsdorf Cemetery

A really bizarre-looking tombstone for a man who died fighting in Russia.

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World War I burial site.

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World War I memorial site.

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It was interesting to see all the different font styles used on tombstones.

Ohlsdorf Cemetery

One of many man-made lakes.

Ohlsdorf Cemetery

A lesbian couple?

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World War II burial site.

Ohlsdorf Cemetery

A tombstone in the WWII area.

Ohlsdorf Cemetery

I don’t know what this is, but it looks like a misplaced lighthouse in the middle of the cemetery.

For more photos of the cemetery and our time in Hamburg, check out our Flickr album.

* I’m putting this out there now that I would much rather be cremated and my ashes scattered in a national park or in the ocean. Thanks.

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