Death, Fame, and Beauty in Vienna

Posted by on October 31, 2012

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I know this a bit weird, but I really like visiting cemeteries. Something about the monumental aspects of them, the air of quiet contemplation, and the bounteous living greenness of a space devoted to death all appeal to me.

Honored-er Dead

In Vienna, then, how could I avoid the two historic cemeteries (Vienna Central Cemetery and St. Marx cemetery) full of former famous Viennese?

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Beyond the “famous folk” section (32a), the veterans memorial behind the main church was also quite attractively presented.

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Honored Dead

So, yea, maybe the friends I talked with that night back at the hostel were a little creeped out by my day’s choice of activities. Totally worth it, though, to spend a few hours walking around in such a great public space.

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Vienna Central Cemetery

Hours: 8a – 4p (5p Mar – Oct)

Public Transport: Tram 6 or 71 to Zentralfriedhof

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