Going to a cemetery might not be on the top of too many people’s lists of things to see when visiting a new place.
Regardless, if you’re in Budapest, Hungary the Kerepesi Cemetery is an absolute Must-See!
The 2nd time I went to London I made it a point to visit the Highgate Cemetery.
So many people have claimed it’s one of the coolest cemeteries around.
It was definitely the coolest cemetery I’d ever seen, until I went to Budapest.
The Kerepesi Cemetery is on a whole other level.
On 140 acres(56 hectares) it holds over 3000 gravestones and mausoleums.
It’s also the largest outdoor statue park.
It is home to Hungarian notables.
Such as Artists, Composers, Architects, Prime Ministers, and Presidents.
I decided to go on a day that just finished raining.
It was a perfectly gloomy morning.
The grey overcast set a perfect tone for wandering through a cemetery.
I was in there for 3 hours walking around and taking pictures.
And I still didn’t make it through the entire place.
During my time there I might have only come across 6 other people in the whole cemetery.
It was very quiet and peaceful.
Especially for only being 2 km from the city center.
It’s also only a couple of minutes walk from the Keleti Train Station.
The cemetery is free to enter and the hours vary depending on the time of the year.
Hours are usually 7 am – 5 pm in the winter months.
7 am – 7 pm in the summer months.
The booth at the entrance should have a free information booklet.
That booklet tells you who specific people are and where their tombs are located.
To see the best kept area of the cemetery take the main road that goes straight through from the entrance.
This area has the largest statues and most impressive tombs and monuments.
That’s where most of the famous Hungarians are laid to rest.
It’s also the best area to visit if you’re short on time.
I, however, was not short on time.
I started by going to the far left of the entrance and followed that all the way to the back.
Many tombstones are covered by vegetation.
Which adds a creepy element to that area of the cemetery.
Once I got to the back I followed that to the middle path.
There I started to see more of the well-kept, larger, fancier looking tombs.
From there I followed that to the center where the large mausoleums are.
Then I took the main street back to the entrance.
I never managed to go to the far right of the entrance to see what was over there.
I have already made a promise to myself that I will go back because it’s a very interesting place.
Have you ever been to Kerepesi Cemetery?
Or do you visit cemeteries at all while traveling?
Let me know in the comments.
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