Alter Südfriedhof

The Alter Südfriedhof (Old South Cemetery) also known as "Alter Südlicher Friedhof" is a cemetery in Munich, Germany. It was founded by Duke Albrecht V as a plague cemetery in 1563 about half a kilometer south of the Sendlinger Gate between Thalkirchner and Pestalozzistraße.

Alter Südfriedhof
Alter Suedfriedhof-1.jpg
View through the cemetery, from the north.
Munich, Bavaria
Coordinates48°07′38″N 11°33′54″E / 48.1272°N 11.5650°E / 48.1272; 11.5650Coordinates: 48°07′38″N 11°33′54″E / 48.1272°N 11.5650°E / 48.1272; 11.5650
TypePublic (closed)
No. of graves?
Find a GraveAlter Südfriedhof
North entrance
St. Stephan
Simon Freiherr von Eichthal's gravestone – he was the co-founder of the Bayerischen Hypotheken- und Wechselbank
Sebastian Gaigel: Two orphans and Bavaria bring flowers (possibly by Wilhelm von Rümann?)


The cemetery was established in 1563, during the reign of Albert V, Duke of Bavaria, for victims of the plague and located outside the city gates. It was also the burial ground of the dead from the Sendling uprising of 1705, in which over 1100 were killed after they had surrendered to the troops of Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor. From 1788 to 1867 it was the single collective burial ground for the dead of the city.

Notable intermentsEdit

From 1788 to 1868 it was the only cemetery for the whole metropolitan area of Munich, which is why it contains the graves of several prominent Munich figures of that period.

Current useEdit

The cemetery today serves as an Art and Cultural history monument, and is open to the public as an official Munich park. Most of the monuments, which suffered from exposure to weather and pollution, have been renovated and cleaned, in a three-year project (2004–2007). The St. Stephan's church has also been renovated.


  1. ^ Kaltenegger, Reiner; "Grave of the Strähuber family at the Old South Cemetery Munich", The Cemetery Guide to the Old South Cemetery Munich. Retrieved 30 December 2020

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