Creepy and mysterious – Mozart’s Grave in Vienna lies in the middle of overgrown tombs, mossy slabs, thick hedges and old trees. This place is the former cemetery of St. Marx. Only an inconspicuous table of the Vienna City Garden Office reminds visitors that this cemetery has long been abandoned. Still, the cemetery of St. Marx is one of the most important cemeteries in the world. Hundreds of important personalities – artists, scientists, politicians and other celebrities – found their last rest here from 1784 to 1878. Today, it is used as a park and recreational area for the local population. When you enter the former cemetery through the brick-built gate, you find yourself in another world. Weather and other environmental influences have seriously affected the tombs and endanger the existence of this unique cultural monument. Now, through many individual measures, important tombstones are to be restored.
Mozart’s grave in Vienna is one of 8.000 tombs on St. Marx cemetery
Mozart died on December 5th in the year 1791. After his consecration at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Mozart’s corpse was transferred to the St. Marx cemetery in front of the city. The funeral took place either at night or, more likely, in the morning of the next day. His body was placed in a “general simple tomb.” This term described a burial place for all classes of population without regard of the social ranking. It was not a “poor people’s grave”, as wrongly assumed for some time. The alleged burial ground was marked in 1859. In 1891 an honorable grave was built at the Vienna Central Cemetery. However, Mozart’s body was not moved.
It was not until 1899 that a simple funerary monument was erected from grave stone poles in St. Marx, which was soon enriched by the significant ruptured pillar. Also, a mourning angel with extinguished torch bemoans Mozart’s death. After war damage, the grave monument was restored in 1950 and received its present appearance.
How to get there
Take tram line 71 or 18 to St. Marx station
Details about the cemetery and opening hours can be found here.
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