The Central Cemetery is one of the most magical places in Vienna. Waiting to be discovered here are graves of honor from Beethoven to Falco, fantastic Art Nouveau architecture as well as abundant lush greenery that makes the cemetery a popular local recreation area. The Central Cemetery, which opened in 1874, is much more than just a last ...
- The Graves
- What Famous People Are Buried Here?
- How to Find The Honorary Graves
- How to Get to The Cemetery
Inside the Zentralfriedhof, no neon signs point to the most interesting graves and crypts, which is fair enough: this is a working cemetery and not primarily a tourist attraction. (Though there is a shop and café.) The cemetery has its own published guides available, but I’ve pulled together some of the more recognisable names for you with directions added at the end. So if you wish to pay your respects to Beethoven, for example, read on. Most (but not all) of the famous graves reside in special clusters of so-called Ehrengräber (honorary graves). The award of an Ehrengrab in the Zentralfriedhof is a particular honour bestowed by the city, and the cemetery has dozens.
All the post-WWII Austrian presidents have their last resting place in the Zentralfriedhof. As do numerous composers, artists, industrialists, and others who made significant contributions to Austria and/or Vienna. Many names might not mean much outside the country or city. But plenty have indeed left an indelible impression on world history. For example…
First off, familiarize yourself with the cemetery’s broad layout using this map. You should enter through the main entrance (called “Tor 2” – bottom center of the map, where the red 2 is). Tor 2 is a stop on tram 71 that leaves from the city centre. There are four main sections dedicated to Ehrengräber, labelled group 32A, group 32C, group 33G and group 40. To find them, go through Tor 2 and carry on straight ahead on the avenue towards the large Jugendstil church you can see in the distance and between the large stone arcades: The second section on the left after the arcades is Group 32A. The Präsidentengruft is directly ahead of you, just before the church. To its left are groups 32C and 33G. To find group 40, go west from the Präsidentengruft and keep on going until you find it. All the groups are labeled with small signs and the more “important” ones have a map on display on a nearby noticeboard with their full layout and the names of each occupant.
For travel directions, see the main cemeteryarticle. Address: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, 1110 Vienna
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The Central Cemetery of Vienna is so vast that you need a car to go from one end to the other. The majority of the tombs of interest to visitors are located in the central part, easily located by the nearly 60m-high dome of the Dr-Karl-Lueger-Kirche, the huge Jugendstil church of Dr Karl Lueger.
The Vienna Central Cemetery is a real insider's tip amongst the attractions of Vienna. This spacious final resting place is one of the most beautiful park facilities in the Austrian capital. Many famous celebreties have found their final resting place at the Vienna Central Cemetery.
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