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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

  • Sun 29 Jan closed
  • Mon 30 Jan closed
  • Tue 31 Jan 09:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 01 Feb 09:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 02 Feb 09:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 03 Feb 09:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 04 Feb 09:00 - 17:00

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Winter 2022/23 (11/15/2022 - 04/16/2023)

  • 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

Immaculate Conception 2022 (12/08/2022) 09:00 - 17:00

Christmas' Eve 2022 (12/24/2022) closed

Christmas 2022 (12/25/2022) closed

Boxing Day 2022 (12/26/2022) closed

New Year's Eve 2022 (12/31/2022) closed

New Year 2023 (01/01/2023) closed

Epiphany 2023 (01/06/2023) 09:00 - 17:00

Easter 2023 (04/09/2023) closed

Easter Monday 2023 (04/10/2023) closed

Admission

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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