My name is Melanie and I have been working as a receptionist at the Austria Classic Hotel Wien for many years. I would like to introduce you to the Vienna Central Cemetery today. During the Corona period, I often used this beautiful area near my apartment for walks myself.
The third largest cemetery in Europe in terms of area is more reminiscent of the palace gardens of Schönbrunn or Belvedere than of death and mourning due to its spacious parks and beautiful Art Nouveau buildings. It unites many different faiths, the main area was explicitly laid out without a denomination, various groups also offer Buddhists, Mormons, Greek Orthodox, Muslims and Jews their final resting place. But the different groups were not only divided according to beliefs, there is also a group for victims of World War I and II, a baby cemetery, an anatomy group for people who have given their bodies to science and a pet cemetery.
Locals like to come here, not just to commemorate the dead. On the 2.5 m² site with 17,000 trees, you find a "Park of Peace and Power" specially designed according to the criteria of geomancy, a small pond and beehives on the site, deer, hamsters and squirrels who live happily here. Here you come to relax and recharge your batteries with a very special flair. Or just switch off from everyday life with coffee and cake in the Oberlaa pastry shop. This well-known traditional pastry shop is located with a very nice terrace directly on the cemetery grounds with a view of the park.
The numerous graves of honor of well-known musicians, poets, actors, politicians, such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss, Johann Nestroy, Anton Wildgans, Bruno Kreisky, Leopold Figl, Udo Jürgens, Falco or Manfred Deix always attract many Tourists. Using an app, you can download an audio guide for the cemetery and the funeral museum and then immerse yourself fully in the history of Austria.
If you don't want to walk that much, you can use the cemetery's own bus line or borrow a bike. Even a carriage ride can be rented. General information such as opening times, directions etc can be found HERE
I hope that you will find time to visit the Central Cemetery during your stay in Vienna and I wish you a pleasant time.