Belvedere Palace & Vienna's Cemetery

We begin today at the Schloss Belvedere. This palace is modest in size, but it's considered to be the finest Baroque palace in Europe. It was built for Prince Eugene of Savoy, who conquered the Turks in 1718. Today it houses a collection of 19th- and 20th-century art. Klimt's The Kiss is perhaps its most famous work.

Monument to the Liberators

Monument to the Liberators

Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace

View From Belvedere

View From Belvedere

After lunch at the excellent palace restaurant, we split from Mom and Dad and Suzanne and I went to the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna's main cemetery. It is Europe's largest with about 2.5 million souls. Because of Vienna's rich musical tradition, here you'll find all the famous composers of the last few hundred years. Mozart is about the only one missing—he was buried in an unmarked grave in another part of town. Otherwise, you'll find almost everyone, from Beethoven to 80s, one-hit wonder Falco.

The cemetery is vast, and we already walked about a mile from the metro, but it was well worth it. The church is also an Art Nouveau treat, with a deep-blue dome with gold stars.

Suzanne at the Leafy Wall

Suzanne at the Leafy Wall

Me at the Leafy Wall

Me at the Leafy Wall

Cemetery Lane

Cemetery Lane

Brahms's Grave

Brahms's Grave

Johann Strauss's Grave

Johann Strauss's Grave

Schubert's Grave

Schubert's Grave

Ludwig van

Ludwig van

Zentralfriedhof Church

Zentralfriedhof Church

Church Dome

Church Dome