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Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof)

Simmeringer Hauptstrasse 230-244, Vienna 1110, Austria
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Ranked #23 of 416 Attractions in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Children's Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Europe's second largest cemetery marks the final resting place for over 2.5 million people, including Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Strauss.
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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

More often than not, your experience to the Zentralfriedhof will be cold, windy, and miserable. But Vienna is touted to be a city of melancholy, decay, and misery, so why not. If you go there, do not make the mistake of assuming that you can stroll around and spot graves of famous people by chance: the area is far too... More

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Sydney, Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We caught the U3 to Simmering, and then a #71 tram to Zentralfriedhof, getting off at the main gates at stop (Tor) 2 (you can also catch the #6 tram from Simmering as well). The obvious memorials and tombs have been well covered in other reviews. We recommend after you have done the "tourist" stops - Mozart, Strauss Family, Beethoven,... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It would be excellent without the airplanes passing over your head on the way to the airport. Rest in peace? Not really. The rest is worth of a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Take a backpack with rainjacket, and take flowers as a mark of respect.Well presented, relaxed and tidy, have a map handy.Tram 6 will get you here. In Summer, have sunglasses and suncream on, as it gets really hot here, and you will sunburn! Enjoy!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Amazing experience visiting the graves and memorials to so many composers that have influenced me. Warning the cemetery is huge, so expect a lot of walking (the composers are mostly in 1 area though). There is a lovely church that you can visit for free inside the grounds.

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Brunswick, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We recently went to the cemetery just before leaving Vienna. I wish we had more time. There are many famous people buried here, but I was most interested in the Jewish section of the cemetery and would have love to have learned more about it. The cemetery gives tours nd I would recommend this even though we did not take... More

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Pittsburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This trip to the Central Cemetery was part of a tour that hosted our youth orchestra. It was a lovely day which made this visit to this incredible piece of history all the better. The highlight of the tour was going to the section where the composers Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Strauss are interred. There was a lovely Mozart Memorial... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This cemetery is huge and really beautiful. Easy to get to by tram - which is a prime way to travel the outskirts of the city. All the famous composers are buried here and their plots are worth seeing.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The Central Cemetery is 8km south east of Vienna town centre. To get here catch the U3 U Bahn to Simmering then a tram to Zentralfriedhof Tor 2. The cemetery is huge and maps showing who is buried where are hard to come by. If you want to find the famous musician plot, enter from Gate 2 and walk towards... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Take the tram out here - don't let the crazies scare you away - we saw no pick pockets, and all was amazing. The composers are interred in 32A. Visit Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Strauss and a Mozart Memorial. Walk around, say a few prayers, and breathe in the stillness and peace. We had a very limited timeframe, so only... More

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