Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827), one of the greatest composers in history, is buried at Zentralfriedhof near other famous musicians.
Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany, and moved to Vienna permanently in 1792. He suffered hearing loss which ended his performing career later in his life but amazingly was still able to compose.
Zentralfriedhof is Austria's largest cemetary. It contains over 2 1/2 million graves, with some plots more than 6 deep. It opened in 1874 on the outskirts of Vienna.
The central part of the cemetary is where most of the famous Viennese are buried, including Dr. Karl Renner, first President of Austria after WWII, Theophil Hansen, architect, and some important musicians (see my other tips).
Hours are 8 AM - 5 PM November through February, 7 AM - 7 PM May through August, and 7 AM - 6 PM the rest of the year. The cemetary is open daily.
....including tombstones. I did not realise, nor remember perhaps, that this was a "Cemetary" or "Graveyard" and simply remembered it as a bunch of Bustiers, and the lovely shrowd to Strauss (the photo on the left) as Monuments which had been built in their honour! Ok, so they are, but I didn't realise that they were headstones as I photographed them! Its ok of course to picture them, but sometimes I can get creeped out by that!! Ok, so it still is wonderful, but in a different light that I have remembered it. I did reflect upon the knowledge I did have of the Composers being commemerated, and my boyfriend (now husband) at the time filled me in on the gaps I had, and educated me some bit on the history. So I came awqay inspired, if not in the remembered knowledge of the tombs.
The gardens themselves are lovely, especially if you hit them on a sunny day. There is an abundance of colours to be seen in the collection of flowers. You can st here of course also for a while, or walk about as you choose.
This is open to the public, and there is no charge.
I've always wanted to visit the famous gravesite of the greatest composers in history. Once there, I could not contain myself. I stayed and just walked around the place for hours reflecting on the lives and music of the great composers.
We went to the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna's largest cemetery, to visit the graves of famous composers. We found them alright, but we were a little disappointed. Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, Arnold Schoenberg, both Johann Strausses, Hugo Wolf, and Mahler as well as many other famous people are buried there. What we weren't expecting was that these composers had obviously been moved from their original places, since they were all grouped together. A bit of a bummer since I'm not really into contrivances, but whatever, now I can say I've been to Beethoven's grave.
There is also a beautiful chapel at the cemetery that has been recently renovated.
Often overlooked in the City of Vienna is the Zentralfriedhof (Graveyard) on the outskirts of the city. There is a tram that takes you directly there from Schwedenplatz. This graveyard is a must see - endless incredible gravestones (beautiful statues) including Beethoven's, Schubert's, Brahms', and Strauss' grave and a monument for Mozart. There is also a totally overgrown Jewish section that was bombed and destroyed during WW2. It was left in it's destroyed state to be a constant reminder of the injustices the Jews faced. The statues and history leave me breathless and awed every time I go there. Also not to mention, it's free and is cool any time of the year!
Sous la neige ou en plein été, quittez le centre ville à bord du tramway 6 ou 71 et rejoignez le cimetière central. En toute saison, le paysage est différent. Avec 2,5 millions de tombes, le ZENTRALFRIEDHOF est le plus grand « champ divin » ( Gottesacker ) d’Europe, où trône en plein centre l’église Dr Karl Lueger. Tour à tour découvrez à travers de larges allées, le carré des musiciens : Beethoven, Schönberg, Mahler, Brahms. Pour les amateurs de belles lettres, il y a la tombe de Nestroy, le fameux dramaturge du XIXe siècle qui a amusé des générations avec des comédies à rallonge. Pour les amateurs de mobilier Jugendstil, recueillez-vous auprès du créateur du premier rocking-chair : Thonet.
Le carré israélite est fort de symboles et, est très touchant. Vous pourrez sentir que Vienne fût aussi juive et à quel point, elle a souffert. Un plan est disponible à l’entrée du cimetière central, si vous avez peur de vous perdre dans ses 240 hectares d’âmes viennoises.
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was born in Hamburg, Germany, and died in Vienna. He was a genius with the piano and eventually settled in Vienna in 1868. He died of cancer.
To the left of the main gates of Zentralfriedhof is the small Russian Orthodox Chapel and cemetary used by Vienna's Russian community. The chapel was completed in 1894.
Once you pass through the gates to Zentralfriedhof, you will see the Arcades. These are some very detailed monuments dedicated to some Viennese families.
This one is dated 1848.
If you re in the proper mood and not afraid of death you can go and feel the peace!
Do'nt forget to look for Falco's grave
Very moving and fascinating for a music lover such as myself: the graves of many great composers are here, as well as an amazing monument to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (see photo)