Vienna may not be as famous for its cemeteries as New Orleans, and “Central Cemetery” may not sound as romantic as „Pierre Lachaise“. Nonetheless, Vienna’s Central Cemetery is one of the most interesting cemeteries in Europe – due to its size by area (495 acres) and number interred (3.3 million), its history and its famous “inhabitants”.
Interred in the Central Cemetery are notable composers such as Beethoven and Strauss, who were moved there in 1888. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was given an honorary monument in Group 32a, but his actual grave is in an unknown location at the Cemetery of St. Marx.
A stroll through Vienna’s Central Cemetery is a melancholy glimpse into the past and into Vienna’s outstanding heritage of culture and music spanning centuries as well as religions. Most notable is that the Central Cemetery has a Catholic section, a Protestant cemetery, a small Russian Orthodox burial area, and two Jewish cemeteries.
Tramway number 71 is the most popular and convenient route from the city center to the main gates of the cemetery using public transportation. Among the Viennese, a popular euphemism for a death is that the deceased person "has taken the 71„