Ah, “die schöne Leich” (literally, beautiful corpse): Vienna’s funeral museum is a masterclass in the rituals, procedures and traditions of death burials until the early 20th century. Undertakers should take note.
One prime example of “funeral culture” on display at the museum’s impressive 1,000 exhibits is the sitting coffin designed by Surrealist painter René Magritte. His creation is tricked out with hinged trap doors and rescue alarms that can be heard from above ground—allowing even the most paranoid among us to rest easy.
Call in advance to book guided tours.