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“You must make time to stop here”

Fiumei Road Cemetery
Ranked #82 of 475 things to do in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: With its 170 years history the Fiumei Road Cemetery has by now become a cultic place just like Père-Lachaise in Paris. However, instead of the graves of Molière, Chopin and Jim Morrison, here you can see those of Ady, Jókai, Arany, Kossuth, Erkel, Faludy, Jancsó and Imre Kertész. Besides being the resting place of the prominent personalities of the Hungarian nation since 1849, the cemetery preserves the imprints of different historical eras. You will find the largest number of important personalities of the Hungarian history and culture buried here. Most of the tombs have historic value since they are works of reputable architects and sculptors. The grave park, that resembles an arboretum lies on 56 hectares, is also known for its rich flora and fauna. The unique graveyard has been under the management of the National Heritage Institute since 2016.
Reviewed April 11, 2013

I know the question: What's the big deal about a cemetery? But this place is part park, part open-air museum, and part Budapest history lesson. I visited here several years ago for less than an hour and felt like I missed so much. This time, I literally wandered the grounds for hours marveling at the statues -- some beautiful, many extremely eerie. Entire sections are devoted to students killed during the 1956 revolution. A number of their gravestones include fading photos. There is a museum on the grounds as well that offers a look at Hungarian burial traditions. Displays include horse-drawn hearses and colorfully decorated caskets. This is a unique experience that is off the well-trod tourist path, but it will be one of the highlights of a visit to Budapest. The cemetery is so large that you will be able to appreciate it in peace, with no crowds. The experience will remain with you after others have faded. A map (in Hungarian) is available at the gate.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Final day of a one week holiday in Budapest, and decided to do the cemetery not expecting much. It's actually a really great cemetery, huge, with some interesting sculptural works. Not as good as Mirogoj in Zagreb, but perhaps on par with Pere Lachaise, though Kerepesi is much more spread out. A bit out of the way, but free to enter, and I only saw 3 other people in the two hours I walked around. Stumbled across Odon Lechner's grave (Hungary's 'Gaudi') by chance, and I'm sure there are plenty of other interesting and famous residents, though my guide book didn't even mention the cemetery.

You can enter on the West side. The whole area as per Google maps in the cemetery, though the Northern section is presently undergoing some kind of construction. Large sections are unfilled, and several sections are the normal bland gravestones, but there are perhaps 1,000-1,500 interesting grave stones. Drinks machine at entrance, and a flower-seller.

1  Thank pooyousir
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

I really got overwhelmed....
Visited other big and known cemeteries but this one is different.
Lots of statues full of emotions on the old graves.
The grave of Blaha Lujza is the most beautiful I've ever seen and it really touched me.
Go there, look around and get impressed.

1  Thank raffert
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

We visited this cemetery during winter and snowfall, which added a sad but real atmosphere to it.
It's a huge clean, quiet, silent and green walking area, almost a parc, with massive tombs and monuments, surrounded by bigger buildings however but you don't have the impression as the cemetery is really that big (i guess 1000*1000 meters).
It's authentic, as you won't find many tourists here, as the place is located in a less pretty and more "industrial suburb" environment (subway = Keleti), although we did not feel unsafe or so, it just a less pretty area.
But don't let this put you off, if you enjoy a little bit of "adventure" and want to see something nice off the beaten track, then please do visit this place

Thank Peter VDB
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Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

I was looking very forward to seeing this old cemetery. I finally found it and walked in and although I enjoyed looking at all of the interesting art sculptures that adorned each tomb, I was not "blown away" as much as the cemeteries in Paris and New Orleans.

If you are really into cemeteries, this may be a great visit for you. However, if I were in Budapest and only had less than a week, I would concentrate on other sites.

All in all, it is worth a visit but certainly nothing too spectacular. I am adding photos of some of the more interesting and beautiful artwork and sculptures you may encounter.

Of notes, this attraction is not near most other tourist attractions and will take up a few hours of your day as it is a little bit removed from the city.

Thank traveler4k
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