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Cemetery Cafés Gain Popularity in Berlin

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Graveyards may not seem the ideal location for afternoon tea, but there is a trend towards opening cafes inside cemetery walls in Berlin and other cities. They offer comfort not just for the bereaved but for local people and tourists who seek tranquility.

"But no dead people were laid out here, right?" The two elderly ladies standing at the cake counter wanted to know exactly what happened here. "Oh yes, corpses were laid out right here," replied the waitress, Johanna Helmberger, suppressing a smile.

Many visitors to Café Strauss in the the Kreuzberg district of Berlin ask her that. It doesn't lessen the ladies' enthusiasm. "It's great! We'll come again," said one while paying.

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As long as they don't serve spirits.

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I can see this. Cemetaries are very relaxing.

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Well that's lovely. At one time round here it was popular to picnic with the deceased as well.

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Nice, I used to frequently visit this cafe. It's lovely, as well as the cemetary, well, that is 3 cemetaries next to each other, actually. It's outright beautiful, with a lot of old graves, many of them in ruins. It's just great for a little wander.

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I'm sure the dead don't mind people sitting there enjoying the quiet and peace of the cemetery. I would rather visit that cafe than the crematorium that is behind the cemetery where my family plot is situated.

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