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“Fascinating place.”

Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof)
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US$450.29*
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Private Guided Tour of Musical Vienna
Ranked #19 of 595 things to do in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Europe's second largest cemetery marks the final resting place for over 2.5 million people, including Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Strauss.
Reviewed 31 May 2014

The majority of the 'popular' internment's are fairly close to the main entrance (Entrance 2, about half an hour from the city-centre, on tram #71), so it is understandable, especially on a hot day, to prefer to avoid wondering around at length. However, a little exploration deeper into this huge cemetery is rewarded with discoveries rich in culture and history. Exquisitely carved marble depictions of mourning loved ones marking the burial, to simple a wooden cross. Immaculately maintained plots, to those overgrown and forgotten. Regimented mass memorials to a meandering flower garden with shaded seating. Unique, lovingly crafted memorials to seemingly rows of the various 'fashionable' styles over the centuries. Even more striking are those graves that have been subject to damage by the elements, and some i'm afraid, that appear to have damage caused by vandals.
Take food and drink to keep your energy levels up, explore off the beaten track and the trip out of the city will be well worth it.

2  Thank David M
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Visited to see Josef Petzval's last destination and enjoyed the visit a lot. Only 1 minute walk from his grave is also lot of old musicians and in general this is as good cemetery as they can be.

Thank jplindal
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Well for those classical music lovers, why would you not want to visit the resting place (mostly) for these composers?
Mostly because Mozarts actual grave is elswhere.
The cemetery is huge and takes about 30 mins on the train and tram to arrive.
We were interested only in the musicians but ended up spending over 2 hours there - some of the work is hideously Baroque but still interesting, but for the most it really is stunning.

2  Thank Medici
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

While visiting the graves of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart (not his actual grave), is a must, while there you will appreciate the beauty of the grounds themselves. Lots of fascinating and impressive gravestone of folks I never heard of which the visit all the more interesting.

Thank Walter W
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Ok - it may be odd you will think to rate a cemetery
But trust me - it worth the trip
It is a serene, joyful welcoming place
we did the tour (it is vast) in an horse drawn carriage with a lovely knowledgeable driver
From the old Jewish part of the cemetery left now as a nature reserve to the poignant children enclave and including the big pompous politicians tombs it is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon

Thank KarineGa
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