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Free concert in Vienna Central Cemetery

The concert takes place every year and offers guests the chance to listen to some incredible music talent next to where the likes of Beethoven, Brahms and many others lie. 

The cemetery is one the largest of its kind in the world and is often visited by guests of escorted river cruise holidays and visitors on city breaks in the capital as it is the final resting place of many of Austria’s most well-known names and is home to over 330,000 graves.

A Vienna tradition

The concert has been held traditionally every year and always puts on a famous farewell song to end. This is one of the highlights of the whole concert in its dramatic setting, where past songs have included ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams and ‘Love Shine a Light’ by Katrina and the Waves.

The concert took place on the 12th June from 6.30pm and was hailed a huge success by everyone in attendance as singers from Volksoper and the Vienna State Opera put on an incredible show featuring all genres of music. With the Vienna Brass Band and singers giving renditions of classic songs from the pop, classical, rock and Viennese archives, the show proved to be an event to suit all tastes.

Peter Rapp and Dieter Chmelar were presenting, sharing anecdotes and stories throughout the free event, whose entry was situated at the Main Gate to the cemetery on Simmering Hauptstrasse 234, Entrance Gate 2.

For those who may have missed the free open-air concert, there will be another chance next year, and with a few remaining places on Emerald Waterways’ Danube river cruises 2015 there is still a chance to experience the concert and the next generation of river cruising.

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