28 November 2018

Last-Minute Escape to Frankfurt: The Hauptfriedhof

On Saturday morning, I headed out early after breakfast to explore the city on my own for a little bit. My sister isn't a morning person, and add to that the fact that she was jet-lagged, so I had the whole morning to use. And somehow I found myself heading to the Hauptfriedhof, or Main Cemetery.

The Hauptfriedhof is actually the largest cemetery in Frankfurt, and was opened in 1828. There are quite a few famous and important people buried here, including Arthur Schopenhauer and Alois Alzheimer. I found a map at the entrance and so I used that to try to follow paths and identify the graves of some notable personalities.

There weren't plenty of visitors when I was there on a Saturday morning. Nevertheless, there were older visitors who were taking care of the graves of their loved ones: watering the plants, clearing the weeds, and in general taking care of the overall area. It was a hot day, but in any case it was a nice outdoor walk methinks.


  1. It reminds me a bit of La Recoleta in Buenos Aires, mostly the outside (a building that doesn't look like a cemetery).

    1. Zhu,

      Ah, Argentina. I still have to go to that country one day!