European Cemeteries Route

The European Cemeteries Route is composed of 49 cemeteries in 37 cities in 16 European countries. The European Cemeteries Route is an initiative promoted by the Association of Significant Cemeteries of Europe (ASCE), a not for profit organization founded with the main objective of preserving cemeteries of special historic and artistic importance in Europe. DMC Destination Management, a company with recognized expertise in promoting and managing themed tourism routes, is responsible for its development.



Date and countries


Incorporated into the programme "The Council of Europe Cultural Routes": 2010

Countries: Austria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom





Cemeteries are part of our tangible heritage, for their works, sculptures, engravings, and even for their urban planning. Cemeteries are also part of our intangible heritage, our anthropological reality, giving a support to the environment surrounding the habits and practices related to death.


This Route refers to cemeteries as places of life, because it offers places that, as urban spaces, are directly linked to the history and culture of the community they belong to and where we find many of our references. Cemeteries represent unique settings where to find part of our historical memories, places where to remember periods of our local history that communities do not want and should not forget, and that we have the duty to preserve and transmit to future generations.


(Photo: Cemetery of Polloe - Donostia, San SebastiŠn, Spain)



More information



Press release "2011 UNWTO Ulysse Award: Special Jury Award to the European Cemeteries Route"

E-mail: info@cemeteriesrou





European Cemeteries Route

48170 Zamudio - Spain