Nov 18, 2014

Olsdorf Cemetery and Park

We went here Saturday, November 1st since we thought visiting a graveyard would be a good way to enjoy the unusually nice weather and extend the spooky festivities.
There were neither ornate mausoleums nor crumbling gravestones. Everything was very neat and tidy, with parts that could even be described as well manicured. Some areas had no graves at all, and were just peaceful places besides ponds, making it a combination of one part nature park, one part final resting place.

Even thought it's a graveyard, the park is brimming with life:

Blackberries growing in November? They were sour (yes, we tried graveyard berries).

The squirrels here are quite shy (even on campus!) and it can be quite unusual to get a glimpse of one, and almost always they scamper away before you can get a photo.

I noticed that this little guy doesn't have ear tufts! he's still cute anyway.

The many ponds throughout the cemetery are what really made the visit memorable. Between this one green with duckweed:

and the ones clear enough to reflect the fall foliage, they created more colorful spaces to enjoy.

The reflection was so perfect I've put this one on it's side

Despite how peaceful some of the corners where, there was also a surprising amount of traffic, although I guess based on it's size there would have to be at least one road cutting through it. There were also plenty of cyclists riding down the narrow paths, so you still need to keep an eye out for them.

Olsdorf Cemetery actually appears on the first page of things to do on the Trip Adviser page for Hamburg. While it was a lovely walk, I wouldn't include it on a city break to Hamburg, unless you have a specific interest in the cemetery or someone buried there.

To get there, take the S1 to Olsdorf, and it's right across the street from the station.
Friedhof Ohlsdorf
Fuhlsbüttler Straße 756, 22337 Hamburg
040 593880


  1. The bird looks like it might be some kind of blue heron. Maybe? Who knows.

  2. This place is gorgeous with the leaves changing colors and falling. I'm stopping by from SITS & I hope your having a great day!

  3. Lovely fall colors, and your heron is gorgeous. Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

  4. That's so cool that the graveyard was full of life. It is an unusual way to spend a beautiful day but it seems like a neat idea! Thanks for joining my link party :)

  5. Very nice colors. I really like the dragon fly.


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