Schosshalden cemetery

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Schosshalden Cemetery
Museumsgrabfeld Schosshaldenfriedhof.jpg
Established 1877
Location Bern
Country Switzerland
Coordinates 46°57′11″N 7°28′37″E / 46.953°N 7.477°E / 46.953; 7.477
Type Public, non-denominational
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The Schosshalden cemetery (in German: Schosshaldenfriedhof) is a cemetery at Ostermundigenstrasse 116 in Bern.


It lies on the border to the Ostermundigen municipality, has been opened in 1877 as a replacement for the rose garden and then extended several times. It has rare wild plants, many species of birds, bats and small animals. A nature trail provides information on over 200 trees and shrubs.

The Schosshaldenfriedhof contains the family grave of Paul Klee, with a bronze plaque and the following quote:

I cannot be grasped in the here and now. For I reside just as much with the dead as with the unborn. Somewhat closer to the heart of creation than usual. But not nearly close enough.[1]

The Schosshaldenfriedhof appears in Friedrich Dürrenmatt′s The Judge and His Hangman as the burial place of the murdered fictional character Police Lieutenant ″Ulrich Smith″ (or ″Dr. Prantl″).

Museum graveyard[edit]

A museum graveyard (Museumsgrabfeld) has been created within the Schosshalde cemetery in 1980 in order to preserve aesthetically representative gravestones of different epochs.[2] It is considered as Bern′s smallest museum[3] and hosts cultural events.[4]

Prominent burials[edit]

Existing burials[edit]

Cleared burials[edit]