Vienna’s Central Cemetery
495 Acres for the DeadIn 1874, a time when Vienna grew into a city of more than one million inhabitants, cemeteries of the various districts became too small. The City of Vienna bought 495 acres of land and opened the Central Cemetery.
The cult of the dead for the Viennese is a slightly macabre yet gleeful manifestation, and a strategically clever move against the finiteness of life.
A Celebration of MourningOn our tour to the cemetery on November, 3 this year (2018), we got a good feeling of Vienna’s attraction to death and mourning. Tombs and statues, some over 100 years old and tarnished by weather and smog, have a dark aura to them, which immediately grabs ones attention. I particularly liked the bronze eagle you see up above.
I’ve never seen a creature looking up so terribly sad to – what might have been – its former owner. I nearly started to cry myself.
Travel Tip: Carriage ToursHeard of the famous Fiaker, the horse-drawn carriage usually found in Vienna’s city center? Not yet, well then here’s a travel tip for you. From 10 am to about 7 pm daily you can rent carriage tours starting at gate 2. The tour includes numerous memorial graves of prominent Viennese personalities (Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Hans Moser, Falco, Adolf Loos and many others), and also brings visitors closer to the cemetery’s natural attractions. The short tour (30 min.) costs €50.00, the long one (60 min.) €80.00 per carriage (for 4 people). Tours are operated from the beginning of April to the end of September. Reservations can be made from Monday to Wednesday by calling +43-(0)699-181 540 22. Information: www.vienna-carriage.com
Useful InformationAddress: Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234 , 1110 Wien Website: www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights/from-s-to-z/central-cemetery Opening times:
- November to February Mo – Su, 08:00 – 17:00
- March Mo – Su, 07:00 – 18:00
- April Mo – Su, 07:00 – 19:00
- May to August Mo – Su, 07:00 – 20:00
- September Mo – Su, 07:00 – 19:00
- October to November Mo – Su, 07:00 – 18:00
- on holidays, 10:00 – 17:00