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Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof)

Simmeringer Hauptstrasse 230-244, Vienna 1110, Austria
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As featured in 3 days in Vienna
Ranked #22 of 411 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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Pittsburgh
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Hong Kong, China
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52 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I started off my journey to track down my favourite musician Beethoven at this cemetery. It was a gloomy day but it brought out further atmosphere to the environment. As one of the largest cemeteries in Europe, you should prepare for abit of walking. The cemetery put the famous people into genre, so you should remember to ask for a... More

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Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Very large cemetery, beautiful, park-like atmosphere. Great variety in styles, lot of Jugendstil, but also modernistic. Many famous people, with some great composers, conveniently close together. Bit out of town, but nice ride with tram #1.

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Joliet, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Yes, yes I know. It's JUST a cemetery. But no. Not really. It's history and culture and an awesome carriage ride. We were lucky enough to do the 30 minute ride. It was almost cancelled because of rain, but we lucked out. The carriage was comfortable and welcome way to view things after either having a fast paced bus tour... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We took the U3 metro (U Bahn) to Simmering and then, the Tram to Zentralfriedhof station. It took us approximately one hour to go there. After we reached the cemetery, we started to walk around. The weather was quite hot and to be honest; I did not find it attractive enough to spend three to four hours in total to... More

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Vienna, Austria
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Not only can you visit the resting places of some famous composers or other people, but you also get to look into the past. The Jewish section of the cemetery has many tombstones that have been damaged during the Krystal Nacht, or night of glass. It is also a place that is very peaceful in a large bustling city. There... More

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State College, Pennsylvania
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Many musicians such as Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Johann Strauss, and Arnold Schoenberg buried here. Beautiful monuments, many with little gardens on them; also shade trees make this a beautiful, peaceful place.

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