Lilienthal, Gustav

BORN 9 Oct 1849, Anklam - DIED 1 Feb 1933
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Parkfriedhof Lichterfelde, Thuner Platz 2-4 (Feld 18-94/95 (Ehrengrab))

Younger brother of aircraft pioneer Otto Lilienthal. He studied at the Berliner Bauakademie, but left without graduating. In his younger years he worked toghether with his brother Otto on aircraft construction.

He worked in London as a railroad engineer and designer of houses. In 1880 he left for Australia together with his sister Marie, where he worked as a railroad engineer in British service in Melbourne. In 1885 he returned to Germany (Marie lived until her death in New Zealand).

In Berlin he engaged himself in stone production, travelling to London, Paris and Brussels to build a company network. He also worked as an architect in Berlin and was noted for his social engagement (influenced by Moritz von Egidy). His family friendly homes in Berlin-Lichterfelde were famous.

When he was over 80 years old he returned to aircraft construction, working almost alone. The plane he worked on would never leave the earth. Two days after the nazis came to power he died of a stroke.


The Lilienthal villa near the Griebnitzsee, Babelsberg.
Picture by Androom (27 Mar 2007)


The grave of Gustav Lilienthal at the Parkfriedhof Lichterfelde, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (30 Mar 2007)


• Hammer, Klaus, Historische Friedhöfe & Grabmäler in Berlin, Stattbuch Verlag, Berlin, 1994
• Mende, Hans-Jürgen, Lexicon Berliner Grabstätten, Haude & Spener, 2006
Gustav Lilienthal
Senatsverwaltung für Mobilität, Verkehr, Klimaschutz und Umwelt -

Lilljehorn, Carl Pontus Wilhelm von

Published: 17 Jun 2007
Last update: 27 Jan 2022