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These famous people are buried in Bonn

Mossy stones with telling stories: Musicians and professors, master craftsmen, poets and lovers found their last resting place in Bonn.

Bonn. Schlegel, Schumann, Hans Riegel - many famous people had a close connection to Bonn - and are buried in Bonn. Here and in the towns nearby there are many famous graves

Particularly the graves at the Alte Friedhof allow an insight into Bonn’s history. Some artistically designed graves at the second largest public green space in Bonn are hints to the city’s past. The following people and their graves are listed to provide a journey through history.

1 Clara und Robert Schumann

Particularly the graves at the Alte Friedhof allow an insight into Bonn’s history. Some artistically designed graves at the second largest public green space in Bonn are hints to the city’s past. The following people and their graves are listed to provide a journey through history.

Ruhestätte von Clara und Robert Schumann.

Ruhestätte von Clara und Robert Schumann.

2 Ernst Moritz Arndt

The German writer, historian, freedom fighter and mainly most important lyricist of the liberation wars moved to Bonn late in his life. Ernst Moritz Arndt was born 1769 on the island of Rügen, he worked as a professor at the university of Greifswald from 1805. In 1818 he began to lecture at the university in Bonn. He was a explicit opponent of Napoleon Bonaparte and wrote many patriotic scriptures during the liberation wars. His grave can be found at the Alte Friedhof since 1860.

Das Denkmal für Ernst Moritz Arndt am Alten Zoll

Das Denkmal für Ernst Moritz Arndt am Alten Zoll

3 Beethoven's mother, Maria Magdalena

Maria Magdalena van Beethoven was born in Ehernstein in 1746, but she later moved to Bonn and met her husband Johann there. Together they had seven children, amongst them the world famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Her grave is located at the Late Friedhof since 1787, but only in 2015 was it cleaned by the residents of the Prälat-Schleich-Haus and got a new flowerbed, for the Beethoven festivities.

Hermann Hergarten bringt frische Blumen ans Grab von Beethovens Mutter Maria Magdalena auf dem Alten Friedhof.

Hermann Hergarten bringt frische Blumen ans Grab von Beethovens Mutter Maria Magdalena auf dem Alten Friedhof.

4 August Wilhelm Schlegel

The German literature historian and critic August Wilhelm Schlegel is known for the „romantic school“, which he influenced together with his wife, his brother and wife as well as Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Ludwig Tieck and the writer Novalis. In Bonn he became famous for being the first lecturer of indology in Germany at the then newly found Bonn university in 1818. He was buried in 1846 at the Alte Friedhof.

Das Grab von August Wilhelm Schlegel auf dem Alten Friedhof.

Das Grab von August Wilhelm Schlegel auf dem Alten Friedhof.

5 Peter Grabeler

Another interesting grave at this cemetery stems from 1830. Peter Grabeler was a famous musician during Beethoven’s time. He could not follow his dream to become conductor at the cathedral because he had to take over the family brewery after his father’s death. The column grave symbolises the early death of the musician in its broken aspect.

Ein weiteres Säulengrab, wovon auf dem Alten Friedhof viele zu finden sind

Ein weiteres Säulengrab, wovon auf dem Alten Friedhof viele zu finden sind

 

6 Charlotte von Schiller

The wife of the famous german poet Friedrich von Schiller brought up their four children as a single mother after her husband’s death 1805 in Weimar. 20 years later she moved to Bonn to stay with her son Ernst and died a year later, in 1826, of a stroke. Her grave is also located at the Late Friedhof.

Charlotte von Schiller teilt sich das Grab auf dem Alten Friedhof mit ihrem Sohn

Charlotte von Schiller teilt sich das Grab auf dem Alten Friedhof mit ihrem Sohn

 

7 Mathilde Wesendonck

The writer was a muse for Richard Wagner and never lived in Bonn, but the city always played an important role in Mathilde Wesendonck’s life. After her son’s death in Bonn in 1882, the family grave was erected in Bonn at the Alte Friedhof. Since it was gold plated in 2012, it is one of the most beautiful at this cemetery.

Das Familiengrab der Wesendoncks auf dem Alten Friedhof

Das Familiengrab der Wesendoncks auf dem Alten Friedhof

 

8 Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander

The German astronomer became observatory manager in Bonn in 1836. He became famous for the „Bonner Durchmusterung (BD)“, which is the comprehensive astrometric star catalogue of the whole sky (325,000 stars). He was buried as a famous scientist in 1875 at the Alte Friedhof.

Friedrich Wilhelm Argelanders Grab direkt neben der Kapelle auf dem Alten Friedhof

Friedrich Wilhelm Argelanders Grab direkt neben der Kapelle auf dem Alten Friedhof

 

9 Mildred Scheel

As opposed to most of the famous people buried at the Alte Friedhof, this grave is from the 20th century. As the wife of former Federal President Walter Scheel, Mildred Scheel gained a prominent international reputation for her social commitment. She pursued the fight against cancer and founded the German cancer society in 1974. When she died of colon cancer in 1985, she was buried in this grave of honour at the Alte Friedhof.

Fritz Pleitgen legt im Beisein von Cornelia Scheel und Gerd Nettekoven einen Kranz an Mildred Scheels Grab nieder.

Fritz Pleitgen legt im Beisein von Cornelia Scheel und Gerd Nettekoven einen Kranz an Mildred Scheels Grab nieder.

 

10 Hans Riegel

Although he is clearly differentiated from the former persons, the biggest sweets manufacturer of Europe has to be mentioned, definitely, as a part of Bonn’s history and tradition. He founded Haribo in 1920 and made the small gold bears famous worldwide. The entrepreneur was buried in 1945 at the Südfriedhof in Bonn.

Das Familiengrab der Riegels in Bonn.