The Garrison Cemetery

If you think the army does everything in straight lines, tight forms and massed ranks, think again. Not in the Garrison Cemetery! The author Peter Olesen dubbed it “a charming and atmospheric shambles” and he couldn’t have been more right.

Unlike the naval cemetery, further down on the other side of Dags Hammerskjölds Allé, the army’s graveyard is a colourful hodgepodge of labyrinthine paths, dark corners, soaring thuja trees, box trees in attractive shapes, and little hidden squares where you will stumble upon trees and monuments.

It’s a great place for people of all ages to explore. Let the sun, the silence and history take hold of your imagination.

Sandwiched between the American, Russian and British embassies, the cemetery forms something of a buffer zone, and extends almost the entire length of Dag Hammerskjolds Allé.

Originally a damp meadow, it was classified as the ‘soldiers’ cemetery’ in 1664. In the early 1700s it was extended to accommodate plague victims, and in time it came to be used as an ordinary cemetery.

Visiting it is like walking through several chapters of the history of Denmark, during which you encounter the graves of unknown fallen soldiers, senior military commanders and well-known cultural figures from both the recent and distant past.

Photo: Kontraframe

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Garnisons Kirkegård
(The Garrison Cemetery)
Dag Hammerskjölds Alle 10
2100 Copenhagen Ø

  • Exploring history and the cemetery maze
  • Relaxation and reflection
  • Dog walking
  • Opening hours from 08:00 to between 16:00 and 21:00, depending on the season
  • Founded as the ‘soldiers’ cemetery’ in 1664. Plague cemetery from 1711. Garrison Cemetery from 1723, with burial sites for military personnel and civilians.
  • The cemetery houses a large monument to the fallen in the wars of 1848–50 and 1864.
  • Among the cultural figures interred here are Tivoli’s founder, Georg Carstensen, cookbook author Kirsten Hüttemeier, designer Verner Panton, actor Buster Larsen, Major General Olaf Rye and Minister of War A.F. Tscherning.
  • Deciduous trees, shrubs, thuja and box trees.
  • Access for wheelchair users.
  • Food and drink is on sale at Østerport Station and there is a café on Little Triangle.
1 km

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