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Assistens Cemetery, Copenhagen

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#9 of 32 in Historic Sites in Copenhagen
Cemetery Tourist Spot
Assistens Cemetery serves as the burial site of a large number of Danish notables including writer H.C. Andersen and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. During the 18th century, the cemetery was a burial site for the poor. In the first half of the 19th century many leading figures of the epoch were laid to rest there, and that trend continued up through the 20th century. See the graves of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr and of a number of American jazz musicians, including Ben Webster and Kenny Drew. The cemetery is also the largest and most important green space in the district. To visit Assistens Cemetery and other attractions in Copenhagen, use our Copenhagen itinerary planner.
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  • A nice place to go walk in the quiet surroundings. Several great personalities lie buried in the cemetery.
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  • This fairly large cemetery combines a recreative area AND an active cemetery. This means that in part of the cemetery you are allowed and invited to picnic and in other parts you should respect the ch...  more »
  • I liked the atmosphere of the Assistens Cemetery. In my experience almost all cemeteries were creepy, depressing and sad places, but here I just felt positively. Unique places to photograph. I enjoyed...  more »
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  • I used to come here to sunbathing and relax. It's beautiful in every time of the year. It hosts the graves of famous danish personalities like Andersen, Kierkegaard and Bohr.
  • Here for summer? Why don´t you pack a picnic lunchbox and enjoy life on the beautiful cemetery?
  • I never would have thought I'd want to walk through a cemetery, but this place is pretty magical.
  • Very nice place. You will find a grave of N. Bohr or H. C. Andersen. I really recommend visiting this cemetery.
  • Its One of the Best places in Copenhagen to relax. No traffic noice, old beautyfull trees, the smell of flowers. Its Perfect for meditation, inspiration, small picnicks, or just for enjoying the spirit of history . Its a Perfect mix of beauty and decay.

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