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Murau-Kreischberg

Murau

Murau is a charming medieval town, which beckons visitors to take a stroll or browse the shops. The famous "beer town" is particularly notable for its friendly, welcoming inhabitants. The people of Murau are extremely proud to look back on 800 years of history. This historical background combined with all the trappings of the modern age characterises the town, and can be felt in every nook and cranny.


The town of Murau

This district town is the heart of the Murau-Kreischberg region. Those interested in culture will instantly fall in love with the historical old town and the huge variety of things to do. Take a wander through the town and attend highlights such as light opera and theatre performances, or visit museums and exhibitions. The dynasties of Liechtenstein and Schwarzenberg have made their mark on the town of Murau. Murau presents a wonderful interplay between old and international award-winning architecture.

Since the national exhibition entitled "Holzzeit" (The Age of Wood), Murau has been the wood capital of Austria and the epicentre of the World of Wood initiative.

Murauer Bier too is emblematic of the town. The "Brauerei der Sinne" (Brewery of the Senses) offers an interactive tour on which you can learn all about beer-brewing. In 2010, Murau was designated a "Bierstadt" (town of beer). Beer has been brewed here in CO2-neutral fashion since 2016.

Event highlights such as the Murcapulco festival, the Pfingstspiele (Whitsun Plays), Samson Parade and much more are on the calendar in Murau. Locals attach great importance to their history and culture, and are keen to share it with you!

From June to September, town tours of Murau take place every Monday, which you can happily join on your holiday to the Murau-Kreischberg region.

Alternatively, follow the culture trail and explore the traditional side of the town. Take in the Schillerplatz or the Hauptplatz, the Kapuzinerkirche (Capuchin Church), the Kapuzinerkloster (Capuchin Monastery), Handwerksmuseum (Crafts Museum), the Mursteg (bridge), the parish church and finish your walk at the Raffaltplatz.

 

History of Murau

Murau was first mentioned in written records as "Castrum Murowe" in 1250. Murowe fort was erected in the 13th century at the intersection of two medieval European trade routes, and a settlement of knights and merchants soon sprang up around it. Murau was granted town status in 1298. 

In 1565, Anna Neumann married the last surviving member of the Liechtenstein dynasty, and even today she remains an extraordinary figure in Murau with a far-reaching legacy. She had six husbands; her last, Georg Ludwig von Schwarzenberg, brought the Schwarzenberg dynasty to Murau.

Since as far back as the 13th century, the Murau Bürgergarde (burgher guard) has been one of the most important ambassadors of the town. The Bürgergarde is important both as a protective escort to Murau's procession of the effigy of Samson, an event now listed as an intangible cultural heritage. Today, the Bürgergarde serves as an international ambassador.

 

Towns in the municipality of Murau

In addition to the district capital of Murau, the towns of St. Egidi, Steirisch-Laßnitz, Stolzalpe and Triebendorf also belong to the municipality. These are idyllic little spots dotted around Murau, which nonetheless boast a wide array of sights and customs. You are still certain to find some splendid gastronomy, accommodation and leisure options such as cycling and hiking trails in these small communities.

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Bei der Kinderfeuerwehr | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
There’s always something hotting up at the Children's Fire Brigade! Experience an exciting afternoon with a real firefighter!
Mur Wasserkraftwerk  | © Holzwelt Murau
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
A fish migration assistance point is located at the hydroelectric power station on the Mur in St. Egidi. During the summer, you can visit both the power plant and check out the fish migration ...
Mit Pferden unterwegs | © Young Styria
Murau-Kreischberg
Surrender to pure, undisturbed riding pleasure at the newly built riding arena. A qualified instructor helps visitors of all ages learn or improve the art of riding. Guided horse tours are also ...
Dampfbummelzug  Murtalbahn | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
Snorting, puffing, whistling and hissing, this popular nostalgic steam train winds its way through the Murtal. Enjoy a trip between Murau and Tamsweg on our scheduled excursions on Tuesdays and ...
Tennishalle Murau West | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
Murau West Tennis Centre is located west of the city outskirts at Brigittenhof, directly on the River Mur Cycle Trail. The centre is home to three indoor artificial grass courts, 6 outdoor clay ...
Murau-Kreischberg
An easy tour starting at 1,583m at the Murauerhütte (mountain hut). It is an ideal hike for families, offering magnificent views over mountain pastures to the summit of the Frauenalpe.
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
A wonderful alpine hike with sweeping views of the Niedere Tauern, the Gurktaler Alpen and the Karawanken, commencing in the district capital and weaving up Murau's 1,997m local mountain.
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
A superb circular woodland trail with a lovely view over Murau and a tree hollow. Particularly suitable for families with children.
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
Leisurely hike from Murau to St. Georgen with a lovely view of the golf course. Alternatively, you can start this round trip from St. Georgen.
Murau-Kreischberg, St. Peter-Schöder
This particularly rewarding hike runs from the district town of Murau up to the summit of the Stolzalpe.
Restaurantansicht mit Terrasse - Dörflwirt | © Dörflwirt
Murau-Kreischberg
This restaurant on the Kreischberg has a large selection of burgers, home-made pizzas and home-style fare ‒ a treat for any palate. The establishment is located at the Ferienpark Kreischberg, and ...
Eckplatzerl | © Stadtcafe
Murau-Kreischberg
At the Stadtcafé on Murau's main square, diverse breakfast options ‒ for example the "Ei im Glas" (boiled egg in a glass) or ham and eggs ‒ set you up perfectly for the day ahead. You can also ...
Murauer Hütte Frauenalpe | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg | ikarus.cc
Murau-Kreischberg
Having completed your hike to the peak of the Frauenalpe, please visit us to enjoy a delectable feast in a romantic setting. Breathe in the fresh mountain air out on the sun terrace and linger for a ...
Cafe Konditorei Stocklauser Murau Außenansicht  | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The Stocklauser is a café and patisserie located on the state road in Murau, opposite the Billa supermarket. There are only a few parking spots available. The bakery offers fresh baked goods to take ...
Gasthaus Grünfels | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
Guests are in good hands at the Gasthof Grünfels, located by the Friesachertor in Murau. Savour its honest, home-style ambience and enjoy a wonderful view of the town park, parish church and old ...

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