Vienna Central Cemetery

Vienna, Austria

The Vienna Central Cemetery (Wiener Zentralfriedhof) is one of the largest cemeteries in the world, largest by number of interred in Europe and most famous cemetery in Vienna. Unlike many others, the Vienna Central Cemetery is not one that has evolved slowly with the passing of time. The decision to establish a new, big cemetery for Vienna came in 1863 when it became clear that – due to industrialisation – the city's population would eventually increase to such an extent that the existing communal cemeteries would prove insufficient.

The cemetery was opened on All Saints' Day in 1874, far outside Vienna's city borders. Today there are over 330,000 graves.

The church in the centre of the cemetery is named Karl-Borromäus-Kirche (Charles Borromeo Church), but is also known as Karl-Lueger-Gedächtniskirche (Karl Lueger Memorial Church) because of the crypt of the former mayor of Vienna below the high altar. This church in Art Nouveau style was built in 1908–1910 by Max Hegele. The crypt of the Austrian Federal Presidents is located near the Dr. Karl-Lueger Memorial Church. Beneath the sarcophagus, is a burial vault with stairs leading down to a circular room whose walls are lined with niches where the deceased in an urn or coffin can be interred.

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Founded: 1874
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Austria

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Chris Parr (15 months ago)
This is the final resting place of genius. Not only political and musical but also scientific. No one exemplifies the latter better than Ludwig Boltzmann, who explained, mathematically, the reason for all natural processes: entropy. The S = k log W says that entropy is (Boltzmann’s constant) k times the natural logarithm (now called “ln” instead of “log”) of the number of ways, W, to structure any system that leaves it indistinguishable from its other microstates. And natural processes occur so as to maximize entropy. S = k ln(W) is the best embodiment of Occam’s Razor.
Youngwoo, Brian Son (15 months ago)
If you liked and had a fantasy about past composers, this place can satisfy you. Here are a number of celebrities are taking peace.
Kamil (2 years ago)
A beautiful and well kept Cementery with a ton of history 6ft under. Great for a walk on Sunday afternoon.
S.C. K. (2 years ago)
One of the largest cemeteries in the world and in my opinion one of the top 3 sights while in Vienna. Easy reachable with the 71 tram leaving in front of the Opera House. Established in 1863 this place got some serious stories to tell and I highly recommend going there. Not just the honorary graves of famous Austrians are worth taking a look at, you also should check out the old jewish part of the cemetery and memorials all around the grounds.
Jeremy Anantharaj (2 years ago)
It's hard to find words to properly describe the opportunity to visit a cemetery...all I can say is you definitely want to see this one. There are many famous graves here, including musicians such as Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, and the famous scientist Boltzmann.
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