The Central Cemetery of Vienna, Austria, with its famous musicians

The Central Cemetery of Vienna, Austria, with its famous musicians

Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery), Mozart, Beethoven and other luminaries of the musical world (Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Schönberg and others) are buried, or at least memorialized, here.

Mozart's body is in a mass grave (as required by the law at that time) in another cemetery – but his memorial is located here with the others.

The graves of the composers and other "Ehregräber" (graves of honor) are located in section 32C, near the main road leading from the church.

The cemetery has served as a giant park for weekend ramblings since its creation.

There are immense monuments shaped like 10ft tall iron canopy beds (within eye shot of the musicians memorial) and other unique shapes.

Though it takes some time to get out to the Zentralfriedhof (25 to 30 Minutes total from Stephansplatz), it is worth the trip.

Getting there & opening hours:
Simmeringer Hauptstrasse 234,
Tel: 760 41.
Nov-Feb 8AM-5PM,
March, April, Sept, Oct 7AM-6PM,
May-Aug 7AM-7PM.
Take the U3 to Simmering and then take tram 71 (there's even a Viennese expression "taking the #71 tram" as a euphemism for death) or 6 to get there. The tram stops are named after the cemetery gate next to it, "Zentralfriedhof 1. Tor" is where the old Jewish section is, "Zentralfriedhof 2. Tor" is the main gate.

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