Vienna, Austria: Schubert Park (Wahring Cemetery) & Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery)

The Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery) in Vienna draws more tourists than most cemeteries. I just learned about the cemetery from reading one of those in-flight magazines (that’s why I haven’t posted in a couple of days – I was flying from New York to Seoul with a brief stop in Tokyo).

Many people who would not normally consider visiting a cemetery on vacation still visit Vienna’s Central Cemetery, which is most famous for the musicians buried in its special section (the Ehrengrber) where composers, writers, artists and politicians are buried. The more famous musicians in Centralfriedhof’s Ehrengrber are:

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Johan Strauss (1825-1899)

Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)

Vienna’s Central Cemetery is the city’s largest burial ground with 330,000 graves but since it opened in 1874, Schubert and Beethoven were originally buried elsewhere. You can still see Beethoven’s and Schubert’s original graves, marked by memorials. Originally known as Wahring Cemetery, Schubert Park is where Beethoven and Schubert were buried. Both were exhumed and moved to Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery).

Visiting Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery): Main entrance (Tor 2), Simmeringer Hauptstrasse 234 , 1110 Vienna. You can get to Central Cemetery on trams 71 and 6, bus 171 and the train (Schnellbahn) S7. There’s also parking (for a fee).

Central Cemetery’s hours are:

Jan – Feb: 8am to 5pm

March – April: 7am to 6pm

May – August: 7am to 7pm

Sept – Nov 2nd: 7am to 6pm

Nov 3rd – Dec: 8am to 5pm

I searched for information on visiting Wahring Cemetery or Schubert Park, but I haven’t found anything useful online and I don’t have the guidebooks (Rick Steves’ Germany and Austria 2007 seems to get good reviews).

While I’m writing about Austria, let me see what you think of this link to some free Austria travel brochures. These are tour operators who want to send you free information about their Austrian vacation packages.

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