The year 1918 left its mark on Viennese art, not least for taking away some of the city’s great creative minds, like Gustav Klimt or Egon Schiele. And, unfortunately, Otto Wagner too, 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 11th 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); this cemetery 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. Walk up from the Hietzing subway station (about 15 minutes away), which is on the U4 line. Alternatively, take buses 56A, 56B, 58A or 58A from Hietzing up to the Tiroler Gasse stop.
After arriving, 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 opening hours on the cemetery’s German website under “Öffnungszeiten”.
Once inside the gate, 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.
Wagner designed this family grave himself after his mother’s death in 1880. It’s a rather well-kept, magnificent affair with six columns supporting an open rectangle roofed in wrought iron scrolling. Since it possesses honorary grave status, the city of Vienna looks after the maintenance.
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.