Gmelinstraße 20 Tübingen Tübinger Landkreis Baden-Württemberg Germany Postal Code: 72070
Cemetery notes and/or description: Opened on November 29, 1829, this is now the main cemetery in the German city of Tübingen. It was established on the area formerly known as the Spitaläcker when the original cemetery near the Ammer River became too small. The Stadtfriedhof was closed for new burials in 1968, but re-opened in 2000. The first burial was that of a young black smith named Jakob Engelfried, for that the cemetery was commonly known as the Engelfriedshof. The Stadtfriedhof has a special War Memorial Section of victims of WW I. From 1849 until 1963 an area, known as Section X was the burial spot for the anatomical institute of the university, to bury the remains of cadavers or human body parts originally used for medical training and research. The cemetery now has a size of 7.5 acres.
Please note that the graves in Germany are not perpetual. After a certain period of repose (20-30 years) the graves are being leveled and re-used. There is no toxic embalming being done in Germany, so the coffin and the corpse have decomposed naturally. If the family of the deceased decides to purchase another period the duration can be extended by another 30 years. War Graves are considered memorials and are kept up by the owner of the cemetery. Those are kept forever.