This huge cemetery is the biggest green space in the increasingly fashionable Nørrebro area. It’s the final resting place of some of the greatest Danes of all time, including Nobel Prize–winning physicist Niels Bohr, philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, and designer Finn Juhl. Counterintuitively, the grave of perhaps its most famous resident, Hans Christian Andersen, who died in 1875 at the age of 70, is rather plain for a man whose beloved fairy tales—among them “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes”—were so fanciful.
The Assistens Cemetery (or Assistens Kirkegård in Danish) in Nørrebro was first established in 1760 and is somewhat like a combination of Paris's Père Lachaise cemetery and New York's Central Park. More than a quarter million people are buried here, among them some of Denmark's most famous figures including Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard, and Niels Bohr. On a sunny day, however, you will also find residents picnicking or reading a book in the shade of the trees. The "street" lined with poplars seen here is a popular path for both pedestrians and cyclists crossing the cemetery.