Assistens Kirkegård

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Kapelvej4, Copenhagen, 2200

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expert-rated things to do in Copenhagen
Expert overall rating:3.4 out of 5
Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, History

Expert review of Assistens Kirkegård

A leafy, historic cemetery of Denmark's great and good.

I stumbled across this cemetery completely by accident, deciding to try a short cut one day and was captivated. It's a bit like Copenhagen's version of Highgate Cemetery, where many of the nation's most interesting notables are buried, but it's less gloomy. This is a lovely place to come and stroll and the graves are well spaced out so they seem less like alarming reminders of mortality and more like celebrations of lives well, or at least interestingly, lived.

It might seem an odd and out-of-the-way "attraction" to recommend, but it really is a great place to come and reflect, take a relaxing meander and have a history lesson all at the same time. Many of the country's greats are buried here, including author Hans Christian Andersen, the philosopher Kierkegaard and physicist Niels Bohr.

More information on Assistens Kirkegård:

Price guide:
Free
Type:
Archaeological site, Cemetery, Park / garden
Address:
Kapelvej4, Copenhagen, 2200
Telephone:
8233 4640
Website:
http://www.assistens.dk/side1.htm
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Apr-Sep: daily 7am-10pm. Oct-Mar: daily 7am-7pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor

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