Farkasréti Cemetery

Farkasréti Cemetery or Farkasrét Cemetery (Hungarian: Farkasréti temető) is one of the most famous cemeteries in Budapest. It was opened in 1894 and is noted for its spectacular sight towards the city (several people wanted it more to be a resort area than a cemetery).

It comprises tombs of numerous Hungarian notabilities and it is the most preferred place for actors and actresses and other artists (opera singers, musicians, painters, sculptors, architects, writers, poets). It also includes the tombs of several scientists, academicians and sportspeople.

Graves are often decorated with noteworthy sculptures. It was provided with parks in the 1950s, when it received its present looks and area. The mortuary hall and the new chapel was built in the 1980s by the plans of Imre Makovecz.

In the Socialist era, church funeral was forbidden in Kerepesi Cemetery, so it became the only place for those who wanted a religious funeral.

It is located in Buda (the Western part of Budapest), approx. 3 km away from the downtown.

Its oldest grave that is still located at the original place is that of the mechanical engineer Ferenc Cathry Szaléz, the designer of the Rack railway in Budapest and the original Mária Valéria bridge in Esztergom.

Notable interments
  • Vilmos Aba Novák, painter
  • Aladár Árkai, architect
  • Ervin Baktay, orientalist
  • Donát Bánki, inventor
  • Gusztáv Bárczi, remedial teacher
  • Béla Bartók, composer, the sculpture made by Miklós Borsos
  • Dénes Berinkey, Prime Minister
  • Aurél Bernáth, painter and poet
  • Sándor Bíró, footballer
  • Csinszka, Endre Ady's wife
  • Tamás Cseh, singer and songwriter
  • János Csonka, inventor
  • Béla Czóbel, painter
  • Ferenc Deák, footballer
  • József C. Dobos, inventor of the Dobos Cake, a Hungarian speciality
  • Béla Egresi, footballer
  • Pál Engel, historian
  • Sári Fedák, actress
  • Miklós Fehér, footballer
  • János Ferencsik, conductor
  • Gyula Germanus, orientalist
  • István Fekete, writer
  • Lajos Gulácsi, painter
  • Lajos Hatvany, Maecenas of the arts
  • András Hegedűs, Socialist Prime Minister
  • Éva Janikovszky, writer of children's books
  • Pál Jávor, a very popular actor
  • Katalin Karády, actress, singer
  • Lajos Kassák, poet and painter
  • Károly Kernstok, painter
  • Kálmán Kittenberger, Africa researcher, naturalist
  • Zoltán Kodály, composer, the sculpture made by Pál Pátzai
  • János Kodolányi, writer
  • Béla Kondor, painter
  • Margit Kovács, ceramicist and sculptor
  • László Lajtha, composer
  • Istvan Medgyaszay, architect
  • Miklós Mészöly, writer
  • Pál C. Molnár, painter
  • László Nagy, poet
  • Ágnes Nemes Nagy, poet
  • László Németh, writer
  • László Papp, three-times olympic champion sportsman
  • János Pilinszky, poet
  • Mátyás Rákosi, Communist leader; now only his initials are visible to avoid vandalism
  • Zsigmond Reményik, writer
  • Sándor Simonyi-Semadam, Prime Minister
  • Árpád Szakasits, Socialist leader
  • Zsigmond Széchenyi, Africa researcher, hunter, writer
  • Pál Szécsi, an extremely popular singer (his fans kept bringing articles for his tomb for years and some wanted to spend the night beside it)
  • Gyula Szekfü, historian
  • Georg Solti, conductor
  • Zoltán Tildy, President
  • Béla Volentik, footballer
  • Sándor Weöres, poet
  • Zoltán Zelk, poet
  • Károly Zipernovszky, inventor
Resources
  • (in Hungarian)