Located 3 km south of Maleme, the German War Cemetery (Deutsche Soldaten Friedhof) of Chania is one of the two German cemeteries in Greece. You will find it near the airport of Maleme and it can be reached by car via a paved road. A car parking area is available outside of the cemetery.
4.465 German soldiers who died during the battle of Crete in 1941 at various locations around the island have been buried in this cemetery. It is one of the most important Second World War monuments in Crete.
The cemetery was founded in 1974 by the former German commander Gericke and its design represents the four main battlefields of Crete: Maleme, Chania, Rethymno, and Heraklion. The German War Graves Commission has undertaken the preservation of the cemetery.
At its entrance, you will find a sign with a short description of the battle and its outcomes.