Talk about going out in style! At the Ohlsdorf Friedhof in Hamburg, Germany, the dead enjoy a fancy piece of real estate in the world’s largest non-military graveyard park. Imagine immortalizing yourself in one of Hamburg’s prettiest parks where landscapers tend to your final resting place for the rest of eternity, guests ogle at your personal garden, and take pictures of your ornate headstone (most made of marble). Yeah, the dead at Ohlsdorf really know how to live.
So what makes Ohlsdorf Friedhof the largest non-military graveyard park in the world? It is the fact that this 966 acre cemetery has 1.8 million people buried there, 12 chapels, 11 miles worth of streets, and an official HVV bus route with 2 lines and 25 stops.
Not only was Ohlsdorf Friedhof a beautiful garden, but it was a anthology of hidden historical secrets about Hamburg and the rest of Germany. Headstones painted lively stories of generations past, not just through their words but through their shapes and the pictures embossed on the marble. Men who were sailors had sailboats for headstones, while families, wealthy from Hanseatic trade, had whole colosseums and crypts.
If you’re interested in making Ohlsdorf Friedhof your final resting place, you’re in luck. They’re still accepting lucky people who are willing to pay a hefty price. Interested souls begin making payments throughout their life. These payments ensure a coveted spot in one of Germany’s most prestigious resting places and for an extra fee, can guarantee an eternity of landscaping services to keep your plot tidy for generations of visitors.
The Germans can get pretty unique when it comes to how they decorate their grave, but as recent German news tells us, even if you pay a hefty price, you can’t just have anything mark your grave. Deceased Porn Star, Big Brother Cora passed away at the age of 23 and lies on the graveyard boulevard Cordesallee. Back in the spring, Cemetery management required that two headstones with laser etched images of Cora be removed because the images were deemed “too sexy.” You can read the rest of the article here!