The European Cemeteries Route

The European Cemeteries Route is composed of 63 cemeteries in 50 cities in 20 European countries. The European Cemeteries Route is a proposal for tourism and heritage promotion, developed by Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE), through which citizens and visitors get in touch with the important cultural heritage reflected in cemeteries.



Date and countries


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

Countries: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, 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, providing a framework surrounding the habits and practices related to death.


Cemeteries are sacred and emotional spaces but at the same time they are witnesses of local history for cities and towns. They are common to all cities and towns in Europe.


The European Cemeteries Route provides the visitors ability to literally walk through the local history, to learn about important personalities who have worked and left their mark in cities. Traveling through this route actually enables to discover local, national and European Cultural Heritage resting in cemeteries. It helps to raise European citizen awareness of the importance of significant cemeteries in Europe.


Visit European Cemeteries Route and get in touch with the european cultural heritage resting in cemeteries.


(Photo: Vienna Central cemetery, Austria)



More information


Website: and 

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


Facebook: European Cemeteries Route




ASCE - Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe, Via de' Musei 8, I-40124 Bologna, Italy

Current presidency and postal address: Pogrebno podjetje Maribor d.d., Cesta XIV. divizije 39/a, SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia

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