The year 1918 left its mark on Viennese art, not least for taking away three of the city’s great creative minds: Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Otto Wagner, whose grave is in Vienna’s Hietzing cemetery.
- Wagner-designed Granite columns and wrought iron railings surround the grave
- Various members of Wagner’s family are buried here
- The Hietzing cemetery is open to the public
- See also: Otto Wagner locations in Vienna
How to find Wagner’s grave
The 76-year-old Wagner died on April 11 at his home in an apartment building he designed himself: Döblergasse 4 in Vienna’s seventh district. The cause was Erysipelas, a skin infection treated readily with antibiotics today, but not in pre-penicillin 1918.
Wagner’s last resting place is Grave 131 in Group 13 at the Friedhof Hietzing (Hietzing Cemetery), which adjoins the park of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace. The address is Maxingstraße 15, 1130 Vienna.
You’ll find the cemetery on the Wagner location map at the end of this article. To reach it, take buses 56A, 56B or 58A up to the “Tiroler Gasse” stop. Alternatively, you can walk up from the Hietzing subway station (about 15 minutes away), which is on the U4 line.
Enter the cemetery through Tor 3 (Gate 3), which is opposite the address Maxingstraße 54 and should be open for most of the day. You can check on the cemetery’s German website under “Öffnungszeiten”.
Go straight up the path toward the set of steps and chapel-like tomb.
At the top of those steps, take the first path leading off to the right. About 25 paces along there’s a large grave with red granite columns and the inscription “Wagner” at the top.
It’s a rather well-kept, magnificent affair; a family grave designed by Wagner himself after his mother’s death in 1880. Six columns support an open rectangle roofed in wrought iron scrolling.
At the rear of the grave’s roof are the words, “Optimae Matri Filius”, which means (roughly), “the son for the best mother”.
Various members of the Wagner family are buried here, including, for example, his mother (Susanna Wagner), and his second wife, Louise. The name Hermann Freiherr von Lütgendorff-Gyllenstorm also appears, together with Christine Freifrau von Lütgendorff-Gyllenstorm. The latter was one of his daughters, the former her husband.