assistens cemetery | copenhagen

Assistens Cemetery Copenhagen © Birgitte Brøndsted

I have never seen a cemetery like Assistens Kirkegård. You may have been to Pere Lachaise in Paris or  maybe you have visited the Non Catholic Cemetery in Rome, but nothing beats Assistens Cemetery.

This is indeed a cemetery, and a very beautiful one, but the great thing about this place is that it is also a park where people go every day during summertime to go for a walk, lie in the grass, eat a sandwich and simply relax and enjoy life. In the middle of the graves! I believe this to be a very very beautiful thing. And so is the cemetery.

You find the it in the middle of Nørrebro behind the long and very yellow walls. Behind these walls everything is green, and you can understand why so many famous, and not famous, people have decided to end their days here. Fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen is here, so is Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, and the poet Dan Turell. So many important cultural persons have been buried here during the past more than 200 years.

Entrance is free and remember that you can actually use the cemetery just to cut through Nørrebro. From Jagtvej/Jægersborggade you can enter the cemetery and continuing straight on, on the main alley, you end up in the other end of Nørrebrogade (Kapelvej).

Kapelvej 4. T. +45 82334640 www.assistens.dk

Assistens Cemetery Copenhagen © Birgitte Brøndsted


  1. I went there during sunset, it was dark and with one of my friend, we really wanted to find Andersen's grave. When I entered in the cemetery, I was really surprised by the atmosphere. It looks like more a park than a cemetery, a woman was doing her jogging there, there was absolutely not a glaucus or creepy atmosphere, but a relaxing one. I will never go to a cemetery when it's dark in France and that's why I love Denmark: you feel relaxed and secured wherever you are, even in a cemetery!

    PS: I took the exact same picture that you posted :)

    1. Yes, who would ever think a cemetery could be this charming :-)