Old St. John's Cemetery
The oldest communal cemetery in Leipzig
The Alte Johannisfriedhof with its magnificent collection of trees, ivy-encrusted walls, sculptures from the Renaissance to Art Nouveau and historical tombstones invites you to take a walk all year round. Visitors with a penchant for romance will particularly enjoy its magic.
Leipzig's oldest municipal cemetery was designated the official place of burial by Duke George as early as 1536. For music lovers, the graves of Richard Wagner's mother Johanna (1778 - 1848) and his sister Rosalie (1803 - 1837) are a particular highlight. Other famous personalities who have found their final resting place here are, for example, the St. Thomas choirmaster Christian Weinlig (1780 - 1842). Weinlig went down in history as an educator, composer and Richard Wagner's teacher. Also Carl Friedrich Zöllner (1800 - 1860), who became immortal with his song "Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust" (To Wander is the Miller's Joy). At the Alte Johannisfriedhof you will also find the graves of rectors of the St. Thomas School, philosophers, museum founders, poets and women's rights activists.
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Haupteingang Johannisplatz, hinter Grassi-Museum