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Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof)
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Private Guided Tour of Musical Vienna
Ranked #20 of 561 things to do in Vienna
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Europe's second largest cemetery marks the final resting place for over 2.5 million people, including Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Strauss.
Ely, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

The only word to describe this cemetery is HUGE. It is enormous, but very lovely too. Most of the famous composers are there, which is the draw. But there are some stunning headstones and graves. Falco has a very nice glass headstone. Well worth the visit, and the public transport system takes you right to the entrance.

Visited June 2013
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Not well signed--best to go in from main entrance. Peaceful lovely area--We got off at Simmering and walked but then realised could get tram.

Visited June 2013
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Bolzano, Italy
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“This cemetery is so huge!!”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

If you like cemeteries, this is THE place to visit. It is huge, and people are even allowed to take their cars into the park (= very rare in Europe). The Judish part is the most beautiful part, with a lot of really old tombstones, partly fallen over and/or overgrown by plants. On a foggy day this could be the scene of the next Steven King movie!

Visited September 2012
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Newbridge, United Kingdom
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“Looking for the third man”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

It is vert easy to find by U bahn and tram. There are 3 tram stops outside the Cemetery. Get off at the second to see the graves of Schubert, Brahms etc. Get a map from the information centre.We wandered for a few hours and took Third Man type photos in the tree -lined avenues A free bus takes you around but we walked.Worth a second visit. Then we took a tram at the first Cemetery stop.Save this for a sunny day. There is little shelter. The old Jewish sector was very poignant.

Visited June 2013
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Westchester County, New York
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“What pops into one's head in the face of musical immortality?”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

Visiting cemeteries is not for everyone. It makes some unavoidably uncomfortable to be so intimately reminded of you know what. For others it's more of question of, "What's the point?". The idea of touring such a setting as part of a holiday or vacation agenda, one with no personally known association, may seem to some to border on the morbid or macabre. It's understandable that so many would experience a cemetery as a place one occasionally cannot avoid having to experience, and restrict it to that.

For many, odd as it may seem, an impressive cemetery can be a place to celebrate life, in an atmosphere conducive to positive reflection. For me this understanding began when after attending an uncle's funeral as a boy, I was walked over to the burial site of Babe Ruth and finding myself completely fascinated. Or the time I went to the grave of Duke Ellington only to discover, previously unknown, that Miles Davis, rested virtually beside him. A similar bonus surprise occurred when I went to a small old Jewish cemetery in a small Westchester, New York community where I had lived to visit the graves of George and Ira Gershwin, only to discover that the brilliant, chain smoking musician and intellectual television late night conversationalist Billy Rose was closely theirs in eternal company. Now I occasionally take other unknowing musician friends there to enjoy their surprised reaction but only in an ambient rain.

Nowhere do I recall such an assemblage of classically artistic icons in one setting, outside of Westminster's Poet's Corner, as is found in Vienna's Central Cemetery. The names could handily fill a child musician's' first gift volume of musical biography. And others come for the natural charms, manmade monuments or countless other imposing historic and personal memorials in a city that does positions public sculpture as effectively and generously as anywhere in the world.

What goes through different people's minds at each compelling stop in a historic setting such as Zentralfriedhof? Are our thoughts more often similar than different? Do we tend to identify more with leading composers' brilliance, their art as a source of inspiration and awe, or their final silence as a reminder of our own confusion between personal goals of a content eternity and fears of unavoidable impermanence?

I like to imagine they'd harmonize up to us all in a chorus of something like, "When you finish up whatever you're here for, go out into the world and try to make, find and spread as much harmless fun as is possible before joining us whenever".

Visited March 2013
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