Sunday, 10 November 2013

Fluntern Cemetery in Zurich


Fluntern Cemetery in Zurich

Cemeteries usually get a bit of a bad rep, especially around this time a year with Halloween and all. Me, I find them quite peaceful and I just love wandering around them. On my stopover in Zurich I read about the Fluntern Cemetery and decided to go check it out.


Fluntern Cemetery in Zurich


Fluntern Cemetery in Zurich

Fluntern Cemetery is only a tram ride away from the city centre and is located in the Zurichberg district. The tram ride there was lovely, meandering through a leafy residential area with glimpses of the lake popping in and out of view.

Fluntern Cemetery in Zurich


Fluntern Cemetery in Zurich

It took a bit of detective work to find the entrance gate and to work out how to open it, but once in I was in for a treat. Not only is Fluntern Cemetery the final place of rest of James Joyce and his wife Nora Barnacle, but it is probably the most artsy cemetery I'd ever been to.

Fluntern Cemetery in Zurich



Fluntern Cemetery in Zurich

The grave sites were neatly laid out along well kept paths and grassy plots. Trees were lining the walkways and when I was there, were ablaze with fiery autumn colours. But what made this cemetery so special was the abundant pieces of art adorning many of the graves. I saw a stone carving of a shepherd with sheep, a metal sculpture of angels soaring through the sky and stone statues of two children huddling together and one of couple that seemed to be consoling each other.

Fluntern Cemetery in Zurich


Fluntern Cemetery in Zurich

There was hardly anybody there, which made the experience feel even more peaceful. I spent a good couple of hours walking around admiring the art work and taking in the tranquil atmosphere before heading back to the busy city centre of Zurich. The contrast couldn't have been any bigger.


4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful cemetery!! I love your photographs. I am thinking that perhaps I underestimated cemeteries ~ since they are never somewhere that I thought I would like to visit. I loved touring Glasnevin in Dublin and I am planning on visiting Pere Lachaise in Paris next time I go. I will add this one to my list ~ fingers crossed that I get to Zurich sometime. It looked to be lovely.

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  2. It sure was. And you should put Highgate here in London on your list too!!

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  3. Interesting! I'm still yet to visit Switzerland - will have to add this to the list when I finally get there.

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  4. It was definitely worth the tram ride there!

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