Assistens Cemetery – visit the graves of Hans Christian Andersen and Soren Kierkegaard

While the Assistens Cemetery in the middle of Norrebro is commenly used as a park where the locals walk their dogs and go sunbathing it is also the proud final resting place of many a famous Dane. In fact, probably to two most famous Danes: the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen and the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.

I will not spoil your pleasure of discovering these graves yourself by exploring around the cemetery. There are signs to help you find your way to both Hans Christian Andersen and Soren Kirkegaard.

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Follow the signs to Hans Christian Andersen’s final resting place. In Danish he is usually called H.C. Andersen.

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For Soren Kierkegaard’s resting place there are signs too.

A bunch of other Danish notabilities has been put to rest in this cemetery. Maybe not as well known but much beloved to Danes: the painter Henry Heerup, writer Dan Turell and many more. Just recently the beloved D.J. Master Fatman passed away and was buried here.

In the summer time this cemetery is filled with sunbathers as it is so centrally located in Norrebro. I visited in the autumn to capture the colours of October. It was too cold for sunbathing but the place was nevertheless still alive with dog walkers, friends and lonely spirits enjoying the sun and greenery.

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