The Abandoned Dieweg Cemetery

The Abandoned Dieweg Cemetery

The abandoned Dieweg Cemetery is certainly one of the most unusual places in Brussels. The cemetery is completely overgrown, some of the graves overrun by plants, some broken and crestfallen as if an earthquake had struck. 

Nature makes this place magical! We found it beautiful and creepy at the same time. 

In this post, you will find everything you need to know for a visit to the abandoned Dieweg Cemetery.

How to get there 

The Dieweg Cemetery is located in the municipality of Uccle; Cimetière du Dieweg, Dieweg 95, 1180 Uccle. You can get there by car or by public transport. 

The easiest option is by public transport; take tram number 92 or 97 (Fort Jaco) to the stop “Dieweg”. It’s a 30-minute tram ride from Brussels city center. The cemetery is just a 2-minute walk from there.

By bus; Bus 60 to Chênaie.

By train; Take the train to Uccle-Calevoet. It’s a 15-minute train ride from Brussels Central Station, from there you will have to walk 15 minutes to the cemetery. 

The Dieweg Cemetery is open from 8.30 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday and on Saturday from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm. 

History 

The cemetery was established in 1866 in order to take in victims of a cholera epidemic when several other cemeteries closed after reaching capacity. Ten years later, after the closure of the cemetery of Saint Gilles, it also became a cemetery of the Brussels Jewish community. Imposing tombs of notable Jewish banking dynasties can be found in the back of the cemetery. 

The numerous Art Nouveau graves, such as that of the architect Paul Hankar stand out. Others were designed by Victor Horta

When the cemetery finally became too small and a bigger one opened in nearby Verrewinkel in 1945, the cemetery on Dieweg closed in 1958. Only in a very few exceptional cases are people still buried here. The most famous Dieweger is the cartoonist and Tintin illustrator Hergé, who was buried here in 1983. 

Our experience 

We visited the Dieweg Cemetery on a sunny day in April. As we were walking down the pathways, we saw tombs, old memorial photos, huge mausoleums, all overgrown by plants. At times it felt like we were exploring a jungle instead of a cemetery. We had to watch out that we didn’t fell into a hole in the ground ourselves. 

This place is so unique! It may be strange to say, but it is nice to walk around there, it’s beautiful and a bit creepy at the same time. 

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2 Comments

  1. Martine
    May 6, 2021 / 3:03 pm

    Één mooie plek om te wandelen maar ook een beetje griezelig…

    • decoster_7@hotmail.com
      Author
      May 6, 2021 / 8:22 pm

      Zeker het bezoeken waard!

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