The Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery) is Vienna's main cemetery and the final resting place of some really famous Viennese people. It's a very large cemetery and a bit off city. Make sure you go there on a sunny day since it's a large place and also demands a lot of your time.
Opened in 1874, this enormous cemetery spans 2.4 square kilometres with 3.3 million interred here. It is also second largest cemetery, after Hamburg's Ohlsdorf Cemetery (more than 4 km²), by area and largest by number of interred in Europe.
Interred in the Zentralfriedhof are notables such as Beethoven and Schubert who were moved there in 1888, and Johannes Brahms.
This time we entered the "Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Gedächtniskirche" and were surprised because it is an interesting and certainly imposing monumental ensemble. It is a unique cemetery church created by Max Hegele in Jugendstil built around 1910, with apparently nothing comparable in the whole history of art.
We liked it on the contrary of the Karlskirche in the Centrum. This church shows that a century ago architects and decorators were able to build successfully monumental buildings in a style other than the neo-something so often encountered in Vienna.
My photo Nr1 shows the amazing starry sky on the inside of the cupola.
Worthwhile the trip outside Vienna.
This church is property of the community of Vienna and is assigned to the Catholic Church but is open for all religious denominations.
Last time my wife and I were in Vienna we did not visit the tombs of the Musicians at the Zentralfriedhof because it was raining. It is certainly full of romantic to visit a cemetery under the rain but we are not that romantic.
We tried again this year and after consulting the weather forecast on the Austrian TV we left our hotel in the Centrum as a few hours without rain and even some sunshine were announced.
Presently as the underground line U3 has been extended till Simmering it is shorter to take the U3 to Enkplatz and then tram 6 or 71 to Stop Zentralfriedhof Tor 2. About 25 minutes from Stephansplatz.
The graves of the famous "Musiker" are easy to find, a few hundred meters to the left in the big central lane which leads to the church Karl Lueger.
The tombs of the musicians were the aim of our visit, we are amateurs of classical music although we had a rock'n roll period when we were young, and Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert are our favored. Mozart, from his monument, was directing and also playing so that we could hear a fantastic quartet.
On the contrary of my first visit here when a group of noisy tourists and a lawnmower was disturbing their music, this time it was all quiet so that we could be close in harmony with our favored composers. "Que du bonheur"!
Only one was missing: Chopin, but we visited his tomb at the Père Lachaise in Paris.
On a sunny day, don't hesitate to visit this immense cemetery of easy access by tram 71 from the centre. Presently as the underground line U3 has been extended till Simmering it is shorter to take the U3 to Enkplatz and then tram 6 or 71 to Stop Zentralfriedhof Tor 2.
The graves of the famous "Musiker" are easy to find, to the left in the big central lane which leads to the church Karl Lueger.
When I arrived at the grave of Schubert, my favourite musician, there was a small group of very noisy tourists and to add to the noise a lawn mower was touring around the graves.
The ideal circumstances for a dialogue "d'outre tombe" with Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Straus were obviously not reunited so that I made a tour of the monumental "bourgeois" graves along the main lane reading some epitaphs.
I so discovered a very beautiful grave of a person who was a hairdresser in Vienna. He had to be an illustrious hairdresser given the magnificence of his tomb.
I said to myself that it was financially better to be a hairdresser in Vienna than a musician. Mozart will not contradict me.
When the group of tourists and the lawn mower had disappeared I could walk back to the graves of the "Musiker" and honour the memory of these creators of beauty.
Tram 71 from the terminus of the square Schwarzenberg. Stop Zentralfriedhof Tor 2.
Or (new) U3 direction Simmering till fore last station Enkplatz. Here at Grillgasse/Enkplatz U you can take tram 6 direction Zentralfriedhof 2. Tor or tram 71 direction Zinnerg stop Zentralfriedhof Tor 2.
About 25 minutes from Stephansplatz U.
For public transport info see www.wienerlinien.at
Central Cemetery, the largest cemetery in Austria and Europe's second largest cemetery, was opened in 1874. It has an area of 2.5 sq.km/1 sq.mi. In 1907-10 was build the Karl- Lueger-Kirche, the Art Nouveau-style church in the center of the cemetery.
From the Main Gate an avenue leads to the "graves of honor" reserved for famous personalities.
A detailed plan of the cemetery and of the "graves of honor" can be obtained at Gate 2.
Among the many notable persons laid to rest here are the following musicians: Beethoven (relocated grave), Brahms, Gluck, Mozart (commemorative grave; he is actually buried in St Marx Cemetery), Schubert, Johann Strauss (the Elder and the Younger).
It'sa great place to visit since it is displaying Austrian history throughout the last 200 years. Many of the tombstones are very ornate and interesting.
A beautiful peaceful place.
This long tip was written in French and separately in English at a time where VT limited the number of characters.
Rien de tel par une belle journée ensoleillée que de visiter cet immense cimetière d'accès facile par le tram 71 du terminus de la place Schwarzenberg.
Les tombes des compositeurs "Musiker" sont faciles à trouver, à gauche dans la grande allée centrale qui mène à l'église Karl Lueger.
Lorsque j'arrivai à la tombe de Schubert, mon musicien préféré, il y avait là un petit groupe de touristes Asiatiques fort bruyants et pour ajouter encore au bruit une tondeuse à gazon qui faisait le tour des parterres.
Les circonstances idéales pour un dialogue outre-tombe avec Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms ou Mozart n'étant donc pas réunies je fis un tour vers les tombes "bourgeoises", manifestement plus monumentales que celles des musiciens, pour y lire quelques épitaphes en attendant que les touristes et la tondeuse à gazon s'éloignent des musiciens. Je découvris ainsi une fort belle tombe d'un monsieur qui était coiffeur à Vienne.
Ce devait être un illustre coiffeur à succès étant donné l'allure grandiose de sa tombe.
Je me suis dit qu'il valait mieux financièrement être coiffeur à Vienne que musicien. Mozart ne me contredira pas.
Le calme étant revenu autour des "Musiker" je pus rendre hommage à ces créateurs de beauté en caressant discrètement le coin de leur tombe comme d'autres amoureux de musique avant moi.
A lot of graves of famous persons- I saw graves of musicians and painters! I didn't find the writers...
To see the graves of Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss and others, you have to walk straightforward in direction to the Church; you'll see a signboard "musiker". The graves are on your left side. On the right side I saw the graves of famous painters like Amerling, Hans Makart, and others.
Zentralfriedhof or Central Cemetery is huge. Many notable Austrians are buried here and words cannot express how massive the place is. Among those buried here are the composers Gluck, Beethoven, Lanner, Strauss I, Strauss II, Schubert, Brahms, Wolf and Schonberg. They are all buried in thier own section just off the main avenue. There is also a memorial to Mozart on the site.
To get here, take tram number 71 from Schwarzenbergplatz and get off at the second Zentralfriedhof stop.
I walked about Vienna's Zentralfreidhoff in search of Schubert and Beethoven's final resting places. I had no map and it took me 2 hours walking through the cold Vienna snow. But I was relieved when I found it.
Prior to finding Beethoven and Schubert, I took this picture. It captured my peace and solitude as I was only one of a small number who dared to walk about the cold Vienna winter snows to find a grave.
Day 3 : Zentralfriedhof
After I had visited the Schonbrunn, I wanted to visit the Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof).
This cemetery is easily to reach with public transport, first by U-bahn and then a short tram ride.
As up to me, this cemetery is a bit off the beaten track, I have putted my tips in my “off the beaten track” - Chapter.
Anyway it is well worth to visit this cemetery, it is so big, and there are so many beautiful tombs to see (of important people).
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