Central Cemetery
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Strolling through Vienna's cultural legacy grave by grave
Cemeteries don't often end up on a traveler's "must-see" list - unless they are going to Vienna. The massive Zentralfriedhof, or Central Cemetery, isn't actually centralized. In fact, it lies far to the south of the city. With over 300,000 internments and around 495 acres, it's one of the world's largest cemeteries and the final resting place for a who's who of Austrian cultural icons. Most notable are the final resting places of Vienna's greatest musicians, including Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Strauss I & II, and even Falco. Architect Adolf Loos, sculpter Fritz Wotruba, and a crypt of Austrian presidents also make for a fascinating look at the country's more well-known residents. The grounds also hosts the Art Nouveau Dr. Karl Lueger-Ged├Ąchtniskirche (Memorial Church), a Russian Orthodox Chapel, and burial grounds for Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist faiths. The cemetery is easily reached by S-Bahn and bus. Buses also travel between the sections, as do horse-drawn carriages.
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