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.
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.
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
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.
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.
There is a small section of the zentralfriedhof that is the final resting place of some of the most famous classical composers. Here you will find the graves of Beethovan, Strauss, Brahms, and Schubert. There is also a small memorial to Mozart, who is buried in St. Matthew's Church. The Composers' Corner is located on the left-hand side of the main pathway through the cemetery...I believe it's around section 32.
Please be sensitive to the fact that this is a cemetery that is still being used by the Viennese today. Don't be an obnoxious tourist.
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.
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.
Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) was the most popular conductor and composer of dance music of his time. He was the king of the waltz and also wrote many polkas. He was a real ladies man and married 3 times. He died of pneumonia.
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).
Most people visit the cemetery to see the famous graves, but I also visit for the fantastic church there. Recently restored it is certainly worth a visit if you like Art Deco architecture. It`s all pink inside with loads of splendid detailing. Don`t forget that there is a lift which can take you to the crypt and up to the gallery!
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!
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.
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.