Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof)

Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) (45)

The Central Cemetery is not far from an ideal place to go for picnic. However, since it is one of the largest cemeteries in Europe, and considering the huge amount of famous people, especially musicians, who are buried here, a visit here is a must.

Opened in 1874, it met the needs of a growing city, which at that time had reached one million inhabitants. Now it covers an area of 240 hectares. Although the cemetery is mostly Catholic, it is interesting to note that there are areas devoted to the Protestant, Jewish and Orthodox communities.

The main Art Nouveau entrance is located in Simmeringer Haupstrasse and was built in 1905 by Max Hegele. The main area of interest is essentially in the middle of the cemetery, surrounded by lush gardens.

There you will have the opportunity to see the graves of eminent musicians such as Gluck, Schubert, Schoenberg, Beethoven and Brahms, as well as those of Johann Strauss (father and son). But do not expect to see the tomb of Mozart as, despite his glorious career, he was buried in the mass grave in the small cemetery of St. Marx. However, since it is not known exactly at what point he was buried, there is a tribute to him at the Central Cemetery with a monument in his memory.

The cemetery church, crowned by a dome, was built by Max Hegele between 1908 and 1910, and is also the mausoleum of Karl Lueger, who was mayor of Vienna between 1897 and 1910.

In front of the church you will see the crypt containing the remains of the four presidents of Austria who have died since 1945: Renner, Körner, Schärf and Jonas. The crematorium is on the other side of the Simmeringer Hauptstrasse. The oriental-inspired building was built in 1922, based to a design by Clemens Holzmeister.

If you liked the film Eyes Wide Shut by Stanley Kubrick, you should know that the tomb of Arthur Schnitzler, author of the novel Dreamed Story, which the filmmaker based the film on, is also here.

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