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The Vienna Central Cemetery

Impressive Jugendstil structures, monuments, and statues

From graves of honour to family monuments, and from angelic sculptures to Jugendstil gems, the Central Cemetery in Vienna’s Simmering district is not only a final resting place for Viennese citizens, but also casts a spell over tourists, nature lovers, and photographers.

Karl-Borromäus-Kirche nach Max Hegele
Central Cemetery, Foto: CC0 Public Domain, misterfarmer/Pixabay

The Cemetery was opened in 1874. Its area of almost 5km² and around 550,000 graves make it one of the largest cemeteries in the whole of Europe.

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The extensive cemetery also offers guided tours, visits, and events (such as mystery evenings or The Long Night of the Museums). There is a lot to discover on its grounds, for example, the crypt of Austrian Federal Presidents, and other impressive graves of famous Austrians as well as war graves, monuments, and denominational sections.

Zentralfriedhof Mozart-Denkmal
Mozart monument, Foto: Toffel /Wikimedia Commons /Copyrighted public domain

Graves of honour & co.:

Many famous artists and heads of state were laid to rest here – among them, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Strauß (both father and son), Joe Zawinul, Leopold Figl, Helmut Zilk, Falco, Ida Pfeiffer, Ludwig van Beethoven, or Bruno Kreisky.

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Eingangsbereich und Stupa des Buddhistischen Friedhofs
Foyer of the Buddhist cemetery, Wolfgang Schmidt – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 2.5

Moreover, the park landscape of Vienna Central Cemetery is a place of recreation for everyone. Its long paths, lined with numerous trees, are an invitation to take a quiet, reflective journey through nature. The almost 40,000m² large natural gardens are especially worth a visit.

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How to reach the Vienna Central Cemetery:

Address: Simmeringer Hauptstraße 339, A-1110 Vienna
Public transport: Tram lines 6 and 71 (also known as “watering cans” or “the widows’ express” in typical Viennese humour), underground (U3, final station: Simmering).
Tip: Make sure to plan for a visit to the Funeral Museum on the grounds of the Central Cemetery! Over 250 original objects plus numerous photographic material demonstrate the Viennese relationship with dying and death – and display instruments that are impressive to plain bizarre, as well as objects concerning past days.