John Ludwig's Grave & Mausoleum | Ludwigsdorf | Windhoek
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John Ludwig's Mausoleum in Ludwigsdorf suburb, Windhoek

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The the small graveyard and the mausoleum is located in Willemien Street, Ludwigsdorf suburb, Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.

Small cemetery contains graves of the Ludwig and Hopfner families, ten other adults and six children including John and Lida Ludwig’s children, Angela and John.

Due to its historical importance as well as for the architectural significance of its mausoleum John Ludwig’s graveyard and mausoleum was proclaimed a national monument on 01 May 1967.

John Ludwig's Graveyard, Windhoek, Namibia John Ludwig's Graveyard, Windhoek, Namibia John Ludwig's Graveyard, Windhoek, Namibia

John Ludwig is considered to be the founder of Klein Windhoek, posh Windhoek suburb. He was born in Germany on 03 April 1857 in Ludwigslust and bought a farm in Griqualand West in South Africa after completion of his service in the Cape Police. Unfortunately his farm was sold by auction in his absence when he was travelling in then German South West Africa that led to his decision to emigrate to Namibia in 1887. John Ludwig worked as a driver for the German Schutztruppe for some time and he moved to Windhoek in 1892 settling in Klein Windhoek.

Some of his endeavors included a restaurant "Ludwigslust" as well as tobacco farming. John Ludwig died in Windhoek on 27 February 1913 after a stomach surgery and was the first person to be buried in Klein Windhoek cemetery. His wife Lida died in 1954 and buried beside him.

John Ludwig Mausoleum is worth your visit if you are in Windhoek before or after a self-drive tour around Namibia.

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