Hietzinger Cemetery, view across the graves

Vienna’s cemeteries

Since death is a part of life in Vienna, funerals have been celebrated under the concept of "a schöne Leich" ("a beautiful corpse"). Not least because of this, the cemeteries are not just tombs, but attractive amenities that enrich the cityscape. Especially the Vienna Central Cemetery. More than two square kilometers in area, it has a total of 330,000 graves. In addition to Austria's federal presidents, other famous Austrians are also buried here, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Arthur Schnitzler. The graves of prominent personalities can also be found at Hietzinger Friedhof (Gustav Klimt and Otto Wagner), Friedhof St. Marx (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) and Grinzinger Friedhof (Gustav Mahler).

However, you'll search in vain for famous names in the Cemetery of the Nameless at Alberner Donauhafen. This is where people who were killed in the Danube floods between 1845 and 1940 were buried, whose identity was never clarified. The Kahlenberger Cemetery, on the other hand, lies in the middle of the woods. Created in 1783, beautiful Biedermeier graves can still be found here today.

A special feature is the Jewish cemetery in Seegasse in the 9th district. Created around 1540, around 350 retained gravestones can be viewed here, which have historical significance. (Note: The cemetery can be visited Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; entry through the "Haus Rossau" seniors' residence.)

Graves can also be found in Vienna's churches; the most gruesome is in St. Michael's Church. Special climatic conditions prevail in the catacombs, which have preserved the buried bodies. Hundreds of painted coffins and mummified corpses can still be seen. By contrast, numerous members of the nobility were buried in St. Stephen's Cathedral, such as Prince Eugen or Emperor Friedrich III., in a giant marble sarcophagus in the aisle. Buried in the cathedral's catacombs are Vienna's cardinals and archbishops, as well as a number of Habsburgs from the Middle Ages, amongst them Duke Rudolf IV. the Founder. However, most of the Habsburgs are interred in the Imperial Burial Vault on Neuer Markt. A total of 149 members of the former Austrian imperial house found their final resting place here, including 12 emperors and 19 empresses.

A comprehensive overview of the burial sites in Vienna is also provided by the Funeral Museum, which has about 1,000 objects on display.

Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof)

Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234 , 1110 Wien
  • 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
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Honorary tombs: Main Entrance (2nd Gate, access by car possible on the blue paths), free with ID. Wheelchair-accessible restroom accessible with "Euro-Key" near Hall 3, in the cemetery church and at the cemetery office (ramp), gravel paths.

Hietzinger Cemetery

Maxingstraße 15, 1130 Wien

Cemetery of St. Marx (Friedhof St. Marx)

Leberstraße 6-8 , 1030 Wien
  • Opening times

    • October - March daily, 06:30 - 18:30
    • April - September daily, 06:30 - 20:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • ( Door  76  cm  wide )
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Gravel path to Mozart's tomb.

Grinzinger Cemetery

An den langen Lüssen 33, 1190 Wien

Cemetery of the Unnamed (Friedhof der Namenlosen)

Alberner Hafen , 1110 Wien
  • Opening times

    • March daily, 07:00 - 18:00
    • April daily, 07:00 - 19:00
    • May - August daily, 07:00 - 20:00
    • September daily, 07:00 - 19:00
    • October daily, 07:00 - 18:00
    • November - February daily, 07:00 - 17:00

Kahlenberger Cemetery

Willibald-Fischer-Weg, Wien

Jewish cemetery

Seegasse 9, 1090 Wien

St. Michael's Church (Michaelerkirche)

Michaelerplatz , 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Sa, 07:00 - 22:00
    • Su, 08:00 - 22:00
    • on holidays, 08:00 - 22:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors )
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed

St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

Stephansplatz, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Sa, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Su, 07:00 - 22:00
    • on holidays, 07:00 - 22:00
    • Guided tour of the Cathedral, duration approx. 30 minutes daily
    • English guided tour of the Cathedral, duration approx. 30 minutes Mo - Sa, 10:30
    • Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes Mo - Sa, 10:00 - 10:30
    • Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes Mo - Sa, 13:30 - 16:30
    • Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes Su, 13:30 - 16:30
    • Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes on holidays, 13:30 - 16:30
    • Elevator to the Pummerin bell (January – June & September – December) daily, 08:15 - 16:25
    • Elevator to the Pummerin bell (July & August) daily, 08:15 - 18:00
    • Ascend the South Tower of the Cathedral daily, 09:00 - 17:30
    • July - September: Evening tour including tour of the roof Sa, 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   120  cm  wide )
    • Side entrance
      • 3 Steps (Double swinging doors 90 cm wide )
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Access to the Treasuries and museum by elevator (warning: steps!), not wheelchair-accessible, daily from 10 am - 6 pm. Closed Sun and public holidays.
      North Tower: access via elevator only (door width: 65 cm) and 12 steps (not wheelchair-accessible). South Tower: 343 steps (not wheelchair-accessible).
      Parking space for visitors with disabilities (Singerstrasse).

Imperial Burial Vault (Kaisergruft)

Tegetthoffstraße 2, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €5,50
    • Family   €12
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 18% off
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 18:00
    • 1 and 2 November: 10.00 am - 2.00 pm, 24 and 31 December: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors   142  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 110 cm wide and 135 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms: no steps, except 3 steps to the tomb of emperor Franz Joseph and to the burial vault chapel.

      The touching of objects is not permitted due to reasons of preservation.

       

 

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