Assistens Cemetery

Assistens Cemetery, Copenhagen

Assistens Cemetery
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN895 contributions
Most of the older cemeteries in Denmark are treated more like parks. It is common to walk around them and some even haven picnics in the green spaces. This particular cemetery is quite nice to walk around and has some famous Danes buried here including Hans Christian Andersen of Little Mermaid fame and the Danish philosopher Soren Kirkegaard.
Written July 9, 2021
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DominiqueVB
Oud-Turnhout, Belgium135 contributions
A somewhat strange combination of a park and a cemetery. Both a hangout spot for a picnic or a historic site. Entry is free.
Weird combination overall but I enjoyed the atmosphere and tranquility, away from the bustling of Copenhagen.
Don't go out of your way to come here if you only have a short stay in CPH, but definitely worth a visit should you have more time.
Written May 2, 2022
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springbank
Greve, Denmark3,614 contributions
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If you want to experience other than the obligatory walk through the pedestrian street or just need a break then visit one of Copenhagen's many beautiful natural areas for example this cemetery. Hans Christian Andersen is buried here, as well as Niels Bohr and Soren Kirkegaard. There are signs directing you to the graves of famous people.
Go for a different nature walks, a botanical triptaround the world where you can experience a selection of different types of wood and plants from countries around the World. The cemetery now contains both a park area, a museum section and a functioning cemetery. Copenhageners use it as a park, people come here for walking, jogging, picnicking, and in warm weather you can even sunbathe. It is obviously an integral part of the neighborhood, more like a garden than a cemetery really.
Written December 3, 2014
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FactotumDellaCitta
London, UK3,701 contributions
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There is something endearing about seeing families walking the cemetery's paths, young people sunning themselves on the grass, and everyone enjoying so much serenity and green. We visited the cemetery on a warm (almost hot) July afternoon and it was the perfect respite from the urban environment around it. We had fun searching for the graves of the three famous Danes we knew (H.C. Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard, and Niels Bohr). The cemetery is well landscaped and absolutely worth a visit. It is an easy walk from Nørreport Station. The Saturday afternoon that we visited, there was a flea market along the outside of the cemetery walls.
Written August 11, 2013
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Ubonlover
Copenhagen, Denmark37 contributions
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If you really want to see Hans Christian Andersons grave, you should go there. Othervise it is not visited by tourists as it is a cementary, although a nice one.
Written January 13, 2016
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brooklyntraveler42
Brooklyn, NY41 contributions
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It is now my second favorite cemetery. So many lovely paths to walk... or bike! And great trees. Interesting people buried here and lovely memorials to them. The locals use it like a park, which I really liked to see! Definitely a must see spot!
Written August 14, 2013
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grebnesi2020
Copenhagen, Denmark9 contributions
The Danes use Assistens Cemetery as if it were just another park, sunning themselves and going for a picnic there. The dead don't seem to mind. There are all sorts buried in this place and it is actually quite a bit larger than it would appear.

This is the cemetery where the illustrious in Danish society go for their final rest: statesmen, artists, writers, poets and assorted celebrities. HC Andersen lies here and Søren Kirkegaard is confusing people still from beyond the grave. Niels Bohr (lives) here.... or rather the opposite.

Every cemetery has at least one ghost story, and the ghost of Assisters Kirkegård may very well be Giertrud Bodenhoff. Married at age 17, widowed at age 19, legend claims that under anaesthesia, Giertrud was actually buried alive in 1798, only to be awakened and murdered by grave robbers.
Written April 3, 2020
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vidya19
Zagreb, Croatia142 contributions
After seeing many positive reviews of Assistens Cemetery, we decided to pay it a short visit during our recent weekend stay in Copenhagen. it is a walking distance from Botanical Gardens, King's Gardens and Rosenborg castle. Assistens is a final resting place of Hans Christian Andersen, as well as Soeren Kierkegaard. Enjoy the serenity and magic of this place.
Written November 1, 2019
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IceBowlVet
Lookout Mountain, GA24 contributions
Seeing the resting places of HC Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard in this peaceful cemetery was worth the walk.
Written September 3, 2019
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Nomad_in_Transit_3
Copenhagen, Denmark26 contributions
My favourite spot is the mausoleum for Peter von Scholten, the last governor of The Danish West Indian Islands. It is located in a corner in the mid section where yellow walls meet, a West Indian cottage holding the coffin of the late governor. I know, because I jumped the fence.

The Assistant cemetery holds many stories - other than the fates creating it: when Copenhagen succumbed to the plague and a new graveyard was creating to hold its dead citizens. There's the story of Mrs Bodenhoff whose grave was robbed, the grave robbers woke up her corpse, who had only seemed dead to the physicians of the time.

The graves vary in size and decoration. Some date back to the origin of Assistens, some are new and eternal home to poet Michael Strunge and the little local girl who fell prey to an evil person. Never found, he might still haunt the streets of Nørrebro.

The Russian section is the last home of the fugitives of the Russian Revolution. They came to Copenhagen because of the link between the city and the last czar's Danish mother.

H.C. Andersen is burried at Assistens as is philosopher Søren Kirkegaard. I lived in the 'hood for twenty years and enjoyed reading my newspaper there. I've studied for exams and I walked my children in their stroller. Assistensen is both a place for discovery and reflection, for learning and relaxation. The locals use it as a park. You might want to as well. Stock up at one of the kebab places and take a time to enjoy the serenity of Assistensen.
Written August 12, 2019
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