Vienna’s Central Cemetery. An entire day can be devoted to exploring the vast array of funerary monuments spread across 2.5 million gravesites, but as with most things in life, moderation is best. Two hours of walking was enough to whet our appetite for a return with our bicycles.
Two semicircular arcades flank the main entrance at Gate 2, and each are filled with spectacular monuments.
This monument is to a miner, August Zang, and dates from 1848. Interestingly, previous to his mining career he also had a Viennese bakery in Paris that sold crescent shaped pastries, kipfels, that somehow became what the French now call croissants. Which came first, the kipfel or the croissant?
Where to begin?
Some sites are well-maintained.
While others have been lost to time.
Some are simple.
Many are not.
Some look like ancient ruins.
And small cathedrals.
In the center of the cemetery, of sorts is the Friedhofskirche, a Jungenstil wonder. The arcade in front is the presidential vault.
The area behind the church contains gravesites for clergy, and a small modern altar for contemplation.
Sections of the cemetery are devoted to those who served in wars.
This being Vienna, there is an entire section devoted to musicians and composers. (Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert)
Johann Strauss I
Nicolaus Dumba, an Austrian Industrieller, somehow snuck in to the music section.
Why so sad, Brahms?
Oh, I see. You have to spend eternity looking at Nicolaus Dumba’s naked backside.
The Viennese modernist composer Schönberg gets a cube.
There are memorials and monuments to other Austrians of note, too. Mercedes Jellinek (she gave her name to the car company) and Ludwig Boltzman are here, along with Antonio Saleri and others, like Josef and Magdalena Oberwalder, whomever they may be.