One of my favorite places to visit and unwind is Friedhof Ohlsdorf. Unlike any other park, this landmark spreads across 391 hectares with 15 lakes and over 30,000 trees. Even though it is an active cemetery with over 1.4 millions gravesites, locals call it a park and associate it with life rather than death. Founded in 1877, the park has visitors enchanted with its delicate compositions of nature and sculptures, historic buildings (monuments, chapels, mausoleums) and columbariums. The most beautiful time to visit is between April and May when the rhododendrons are in bloom.
The best way to cover long distances is either by bike or by taking one of two bus lines (over 20 stops). Or select a particular area on the map and discover all the wonderful details on foot. You can either stroll around on your own, take one of the suggested walks or go on a guided tour (also available in English). Depending on the time of day, you may spot some geese, rabbits or foxes.
If you’d like a little preview of this beautiful park before heading to Hamburg, check out this video that was aired on TV. Developers are currently working on a smartphone app for locating the final resting places of local celebrities. Don’t be surprised to find locals jogging or geocaching here!