Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin And Kreuzberg


As a sequel to the two previous posts (here and here) about the Königliche Sternwarte in Berlin-Kreuzberg, here is one more piece of information that came as surprise after a more detailed study of the calendar.


JOHANN FRANZ ENCKE, a German astronomer, the discoverer of several comets, the author of breakthrough works on the subject of Saturn Rings as well as the man who measured the distance between the Earth and the Sun and the first director of the Königliche Sternwarte (from its opening in 1835 until his death in 1865) is born in Hamburg.

After 30 years of running the Royal Observatory at the future Enckeplatz (only Enckestrasse today), he passed the sceptre onto another great astronomer, Wilhelm Julius Foerster.

Encke was buried where he worked: in Kreuzberg. His grave can be found at the Friedhöfe Vor Dem Halleschen Tor (Cemetaries at The Gate to Halle), between Mehringdamm, Blücher- and Zossener Strasse, at the Friedhof II der Jerusalems- und Neuen Kirchengemeinde  to be exact. Only a couple of steps further you will find a grave of another famous scientist: the mathematician Carl Gustav Jacobi.

Encke´s grave in Zossener Strasse - a great man, a small stone...

Encke´s grave in Zossener Strasse – a great man, a small stone…


  1. berlioz1935
    September 26, 2013

    You are really putting Kreuzberg on the map. :-)


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