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If you take the strassenbahn (streetcar) out Simmeringer Haupstrasse, you will come to Gate 3 of the cemetery. This walled cemetery was begun in 1874 because the city was growing, and the old cemeterys in the outer districts were becoming inadequate. Covering almost 500 acres, Zentral Friedhof and it's park-like atmosphere is a nice place to spend the day.
There are 5 gates...the first, you passed on your way here. Gate 1 is the entrance to the old Jewish cemetery with green fields and some very interesting markers. Gate 2 is the main entrance, and leads not only to the Dr. Karl Leuger Memorial Church...the imposing building with the large dome... but to the Grove of Honor...which we will visit in a moment. Gate 3 is the departing point for the strassenbahn, Gate 4 leads to the Protestant section, and Gate 5 is the entrance to the new Jewish section....opened in 1928. Across Simmeringer Hauptstrasse, opposite the main gate, is the cremetorium.
Now let's enter the main gate and walk straight through toward the
church. On your right is area 32...the Grove of Honor. You will
find monuments to Vienna's greatest composers here. Some are the
true graves, while others are just markers...the body buried elsewhere
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