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Vienna Central Cemetery

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Vienna Central Cemetery is one of the largest and most famous cemeteries in Europe. It is the final resting place of many notable figures from Austrian history, culture, politics and art. Here are some facts and tips to help you plan your visit.

  • The Vienna Central Cemetery is open every day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in winter and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in summer. The entrance is free of charge, but you can buy a map of the cemetery for 2 euros at the main gate or the administration building.
  • You can reach the cemetery by public transport using tram line 71 from the city center or bus line 76A from Simmering station. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or drive your own car and park at one of the designated parking lots near the main gate or the administration building.
  • The Vienna Central Cemetery covers an area of about 2.5 square kilometers and has over 300,000 graves. It is divided into several sections according to religious denominations, such as Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox and Buddhist. There are also special sections for war victims, honorary graves, musicians, artists and presidents.
  • Some of the most famous people buried at the Vienna Central Cemetery are Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss Jr., Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (a memorial), Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler, Falco and Bruno Kreisky.
  • You can explore the cemetery on your own or join one of the guided tours offered by the cemetery administration or by private companies. The tours usually last about two hours and cost between 10 and 15 euros per person. You can book a tour online or by phone in advance or buy a ticket at the main gate or the administration building on the day of your visit.
  • The cemetery has a few rules and prohibitions that you should respect during your visit. For example, you should not walk on the graves, touch or damage the monuments, litter or make noise. You should also not bring dogs, bicycles or skateboards into the cemetery. Photography is allowed for personal use only and not for commercial purposes.
  • The cemetery has many attractions and sights that you can admire during your visit. Some of them are the Art Nouveau church of St. Charles Borromeo, the Dr. Karl Lueger memorial church, the presidential crypt, the Mozart memorial, the Beethoven grave, the Schubert grave, the musicians’ corner, the group 32A (artists’ graves), the Jewish cemetery and the crematorium.

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