Round trips to the central cemetery of
Mid-March to early November
Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays
You can reach me by phone at the following number:
+43 (0) 699 181 54 022
Discover the Vienna Central Cemetery in a completely new way. The tour includes numerous honorary graves of prominent Viennese personalities. With over 250 hectares and its 1000 honorary graves of Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Anton Salieri, Falco, Adolf Loos, Curd Jürgens and Hans Moser … to name just a few, he also shows his visitors the natural beauties of this cemetery.
Experience the unique atmosphere of one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe with the Central Cemetery. The Fiaker company Frank Wulf is the only one that has the license for tours of the Vienna Central Cemetery!
The long way to the final rest
One problem that the city had to solve was the transport of corpses. With hundreds of deaths per week, who at that time had to be brought to the newly created necropolis by horse and cart, these never-ending funeral procession soon shaped the everyday image of Simmeringer Hauptstrasse, much to the displeasure of the local population, who was constantly confronted with death visibly hit the mind. As early as the first winter, it happened again and again that conductors got stuck in the snow. There were many proposals, concepts and plans for alternative transport of corpses, none of which were implemented. One concept envisaged the construction of a separate railway line for this purpose, starting from a central collection point in a former market hall. In the 1890s it was planned to set up a cemetery line for the Vienna steam light rail, which would also have transported corpses. But the then very numerous private undertakers successfully objected to this. As an alternative, however, the tram was used to transport coffins from 1918 onwards. The plan by architect Josef Hudetz and engineer Franz von Felbinger was downright futuristic, similar to the principle of pneumatic post, to transport corpses pneumatically in a long tunnel ending at the central cemetery. The dead continued to be transported by horse and cart, and in 1925 a truck was used as a hearse for the first time. The political issue of „cremation“ Not every Viennese wanted to have his final resting place by burial. Since the end of the 19th century there were more and more advocates of cremation, and at the beginning of the 20th century the Viennese social democracy and the workers‘ movement faced the Catholic Church with their demand for a fire hall, which strictly rejected this. In 1921 the construction of the Simmering fire hall in „Red Vienna“ since 1919 was approved by the local council. The opening took place on December 17, 1922, regardless of a ban issued the day before by the Christian Social Minister for Social Administration Richard Schmitz (see instruction (Austria)). As a result, the mayor of Vienna, Jakob Reumann, brought a lawsuit at the Constitutional Court; the VfGH decided that Reumann had found himself in an excusable legal error, the fire hall remained in operation. It was not until October 24, 1964 that the Vatican gave its official approval to cremation. In the following year the Archdiocese of Vienna issued regulations for the consecration at a cremation, in 1966 this was officially equated with the burial. The crematorium is not located on the grounds of the central cemetery, but on the other side of Simmeringer Hauptstrasse, diagonally opposite the main portal (2nd gate).