Thursday, November 1, 2012

Schloss Neugebäude: an Unusual Place for a Cemetery

Simmering is the last station in Line U3 (orange line) of the metro in Vienna. Unknown even to many Viennese, there is a castle there that ranked among the finest European palaces of its time. In fact, before becoming the trademark of the Netherlands, the first European tulips were planted in Vienna, particularly in this castle, called Schloss Neugebäude.

Schloss Neugebäude (New Building Castle)

inside the palace, and out

Schloss Neugebäude's inner courtyard is now used as a popular events site. When I visited last summer, they were offering open-air cinemas, and several taverns abound in the area where you can get some drinks and sausages.

I went there during the day, and explored the surrounding perimeter that looked like part of a huge park. Of all the things to see, I never expected that right behind this palace is a cemetery and a crematory, considering that it's not far from Vienna's Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof).

for your dog's poop

walk around the castle. what's this tub doing here?

cemetery in Vienna

Mostly, it felt that I was just strolling along one of Vienna's stately parks. I'd have to say that if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and want to shy away from the crowd, the cemetery in Schloss Neugebäude would be a good respite.

Have you ever found an unusual place for a cemetery before?


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