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Cemetery Museum Kramsach

The quirkiest museum of Tyrol is the “Jolly Cemetery without any dead persons” with epitaphs from the entire Alpine region.

Can a cemetery be funny? This question is answered by the Cemetery Museum (Museumsfriedhof Kramsach), an open-air museum with a collection of witty epitaphs and beautiful wrought-iron grave crosses. Due to the fact that former life was very hard and death was a common companion, ironic and funny epitaphs were written, to handle the destiny in a special way.

These epitaphs were done by the local decorative painters, called "Tuifelemaler" ("Tuifel" = dialect for "devil"). The metalsmith and stone carver Hans Guggenberger from Kramsach founded the museum in 1965/66 after decades of collection activities in North Tyrol, South Tyrol, Salzburg and Bavaria. So the "Jolly Cemetery without any dead persons" accrued: 60 funny epitaphs and crave crosses from the 18th and 19th century can be admired, but nobody has been buried here. Today, more than 200,000 people visit the Cemetery Museum Kramsach every year.

The gravestones are elaborately kept and restored by the Tyrolean Museum Cemetery Association every year, a new are has been added in 2022. There is another "Jolly Cemetery" in Sapanta in Romania, the "Cimitirul Vesel". It is historically documented that the use of bizarre epitaphs startet to spread in the 17th century from England to the mainland, and then to America and Australia.

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Opening times

  • Fri 12 Aug 09:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 13 Aug 09:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 14 Aug closed
  • Mon 15 Aug closed
  • Tue 16 Aug 09:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 17 Aug 09:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 18 Aug 09:00 - 17:00

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Summer 2022 (05/03/2022 - 10/29/2022)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 09:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 09:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 09:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 09:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 09:00 - 17:00
  • Sun closed

Ascension Day 2022 (05/26/2022) 09:00 - 17:00

Whit Monday 2022 (06/06/2022) closed

Corpus Christi 2022 (06/16/2022) 09:00 - 17:00

Feast of the Assumption 2022 (08/15/2022) closed

Austrian National Day 2022 (10/26/2022) 09:00 - 17:00

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voluntary contribution (offertory box in the chapel)

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The Cemetery Museum stays open all year round and has got toilet facilities.

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