Visiting a cemetery might not be on the top of too many people’s lists for things they want to see when they visit 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 and is 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 with a grey overcast that set a perfect tone for wandering through a cemetery.
I was in there for 3 hours walking around, taking pictures and I still didn’t make it through the entire place.
During my time in there I might have only come across 6 other people in the whole cemetery.
It was very quiet and peaceful, especially for only being 2km from the city center and 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.
The hours are usually 7am-5pm in the winter months and 7am-7pm in the summer months.
The booth at the entrance should have a booklet with information about who specific people are and where their tombs are located.
If you want to see the best kept area of the cemetery with the largest statues, most impressive tombs and monuments then you take the main road that goes straight through at the entrance.
That’s where most of the famous Hungarians are laid to rest.
That’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 slowly 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 where I started to see more of a well-kept area with larger, fancier looking tombs.
From there I followed that to the middle where the large mausoleums are and then took the main street back to the entrance and left.
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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