Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof)

Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof), Vienna

Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof)

Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof)
4.5
Cemeteries • Children's Museums
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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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Paul J
Dushanbe, Tajikistan704 contributions
Dec 2021
We loved this amazingly huge cemetery so much that we visited twice on our vacation. Even then, we could not cover more than about 1/3 of the giant, beautiful place. Meticulously kept, the grounds are a joy to walk (or bike or run, as locals were doing), and the stones range from simple to classy to ghastly to hilarious. For anyone taking joy from typefaces or statuary, this is paradise. Of course, the luminaries are wonderful, but get the Graves of Honor book at the shop at the gate if you want stories of others you may not know. If you are fortunate enough to visit near sunset, you will be treated to miles of candles on graves, which is serene beyond description. Must go back!!
Written January 4, 2022
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Jennifer C
Phoenix, AZ24 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is weird. I am actually reviewing a cemetery. Why review a cemetery? This was hands down the most beautiful cemetery I've ever been to in my entire life. I am a classical music fan which originally brought me there but wow. The whole place is unbelievable. The sculptures are just breathtaking. We went there in October so the leaves were just starting to change which added to it. It's like a museum. But I mean just spectacular.
Written October 7, 2021
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Horst S
Cape Town Central, South Africa649 contributions
Sep 2020
In your things-to-do list when visiting Vienna I would rate the Zentralfriedhof as one to the top 20 attractions. One of the largest in Europe, it invites for a leisurely walk in the large grounds as well as a visit to the graves of many famous people, mostly composers. The graves are well-kept and easy to find, especially the well-known ones. You can use the tram to get there which is also a good time to see parts of Vienna.
Written October 20, 2020
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Helmut
Kirkland, WA4,109 contributions
Jul 2020
Amazing place for an afternoon walk or run. Definitely recommend looking at a list of people and the coordinates where they are buried before heading there.
Written July 5, 2020
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Dennis B
Koersel, Belgium47 contributions
Feb 2020
Before we went there I wasn't sure if it was worth it because it's a cemetary. It is worth it. It's very nice to walk around here because the nature's beautiful and it's very peaceful. Must do while in Vienna.
Written February 29, 2020
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DaveBarnesDenver
Denver, CO336 contributions
Oct 2019
This is where Beethoven and Mozart are buried.

While it is a beautiful calm place, there is zero accommodation for anyone who is not literate in Deutsch.
I would encourage you to visit, but plan ahead. Unlike us.

We did enjoy the long tram ride to get here.
Written February 21, 2020
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oscar25
Melbourne9 contributions
Oct 2019
For those lovers of classical music,a visit to this cemetery—Section 32A—-Gate 2 is a moving experience-as a tribute to the wonderful legacies of composers including Beethoven,Schubert, Johannes Strauss,Von Suppé,Schonberg and Mozart.
Written February 11, 2020
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Angi D
Brighton and Hove, UK180 contributions
Jan 2020
It’s certainly not central, sadly, and the layout is huge and confusing, so don’t attempt this if you are short on time. We went out by overground train, entering Gate 11. It’s about half a mile walk to find the famous musician graves (Ehrengräber) and in winter it’s bitterly cold. We left by the nearby main exit, catching a tram then UBahn back into the city.
Written January 9, 2020
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Alex David
London, UK218 contributions
Mar 2019
My 5-star review is subjective since I love searching for graves of famous people, but even without such fetish this is fascinating place to visit. As the Viennese say, the Central Cemetery is half as big as Zurich and twice as enjoyable. There are many different sections including a grand avenue, a funeral museum, an old Jewish cemetery, an Orthodox section (where they had a funeral when I visited) and even a small forest dedicated to people who wanted to be buried 'naturally', not to mention thousands of examples of funerary tomb art.
Because the cemetery is neatly organized in sections, it is easy to find the most famous people. The composers--Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Gluck, etc--are all buried together in plot 32A off the main grand avenue, on the left near the top. Actors and other artists, including Curd Jurgens and Schonberg are in a nearby plot . If you are interested in seeing Falco's tomb ('Rock Me Amadeus') you have to take a 15mns walk to Plot 40, while Salieri is buried against a wall off the main entrance in Plot 0, near the Orthodox section. Besides the famous graves I especially recommend seeing the massive church at the center of the cemetery which has a beautiful blue inner dome and other interesting decorations. As it is a working church there is no visitor entrance or welcome center, so just look for several entrances around the cavernous building.
The cemetery is of course free to enter, but you have to pay 1 euro to buy a map, which is absolutely essential to orient yourself. There is even a cafe' near the entrance where I had a delicious liver dumplings soup. So not your usual cemetery!
Written December 13, 2019
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TsarShishman
Sofia, Bulgaria24 contributions
Dec 2019
An unique place where some of the most influential people in the world were buried - musicians, politicians, painters, artists, philanthropist, scientists, engineers and so on... You can spend the whole day in this marvellous place watching the beautiful monuments and learning more with the audioguide.
Written December 13, 2019
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