Assistens Churchyard: All you need to know

Assistens Churchyard: All you need to know

Rebecca Aller
Rebecca Aller
January 18, 2024

Nestled in the heart of Copenhagen, Assistens Cemetery beckons tourists with its serene ambiance, rich history, and the eternal resting place of numerous notable figures.

In this article, I'll walk you through the history of the cemetery and unveil some of the notable Danish figures that are buried here.

For locals in Nørrebro, the Assistant's Cemetery is both a cemetery and a popular park for hanging out and relaxation. Here you’ll find people sunbathing, reading a book or having picnic, off course with respect for the graves and especially the newer graves.

Embrace the local lifestyle - grab a coffee to go and enjoy the atmosphere and history in beautiful Assistens Cemetery.

History of Assistens Cemetery

Established in 1760 and initially, set up to ease the congestion in the city's crowded cemeteries. Over time, though, it transformed into a peaceful area with grand trees and meandering paths. Assistens Cemetery is not just a burial ground but a testament to Copenhagen's cultural heritage.

As you wander through the leafy avenues of Assistens Cemetery, you'll find not just a burial ground, but a living testament to Copenhagen's cultural tapestry.

The stories of Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard, Niels Bohr, and many more are interwoven into the very fabric of this historic cemetery, making it a must-visit destination for tourists seeking a tranquil escape and a glimpse into Denmark's illustrious past.

Tucked away in the digital realm, the Assistant's Cemetery stands as a virtual repository of knowledge and language, preserving the legacy of countless interactions.

As you embark on a journey through this cemetery full of life, discover the tales etched in its gravestones, uncover the stories of renowned individuals, and appreciate the beauty of this green oasis within the city

Notable Figures Buried in the Cemetery

H. C Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

The iconic Danish author, best known for his fairy tales such as The "Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling," finds eternal repose in Assistens Cemetery. A simple gravestone pays tribute to the literary giant whose imagination continues to enchant readers worldwide. You can find Copenhagen's famous Little Mermaid Sculpture by Edvard Eriksen at Lange Linje Kaj. Despite its modest size, it's a highly visited attraction in the city.


Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

The influential philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, lies peacefully in Assistens Cemetery. His profound contributions to existentialist philosophy are commemorated with a dignified monument, attracting philosophy enthusiasts from around the globe.

Niels Bohr

Niels Bohr (1885-1962)

The Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Niels Bohr, rests in Assistens Cemetery. A pioneer in quantum mechanics, his gravesite reflects the scientific legacy of a man whose work reshaped our understanding of the atomic world.


Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783-1853)

The renowned Danish painter, acknowledged as the father of Danish painting, rests in quiet repose within Assistens Cemetery. Visitors can pay homage to the artist who left an indelible mark on the Danish art scene.

Opening hours and directions

Openings hours for (updated today)
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Address: - directions
Website: official site

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