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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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Stolzalpenkirche | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The Stolzalpenkirche was built in 1926 according to designs by the civil engineer Martin Prangl from Graz. It lies on the southern slopes of the Stolzalpe, around 7 km from Murau.
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
Situated very close to the hospital (Haus 2) is one of the oldest buildings in Stolzalpe. In what used to be a farmhouse known as "Hillberger" is now the "Gesundheitswerkstätte", the Stolzalpe ...
Elisabethkirche in Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
St. Elizabeth's Church with the Protestant parish has been the site of the Protestant Diocesan Museum of Styria since 2001.
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
Carriage rides - one of the most romantic ways to be chauffeured relaxed by the region Murau-Kreischberg.
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 ...
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau, St. Peter-Schöder
This particularly rewarding hike runs from the district town of Murau up to the summit of the Stolzalpe.
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
A very long hike from the Frauenalpe to the Kreischberg, boasting outstanding views on alpine meadows and hiking trails, and particularly suitable for hikers with plenty of stamina.
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
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
This leisurely walk runs straight from Murau towards Stolzalpe, following the Käferweg trail to the Käferhube guest house. A beautiful view of Murau opens out halfway.
Cafe Konditorei Stocklauser Kreischberg Außenansicht  | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The bakery on Kreischbergstraße offers fresh pastries to take away. The café is a great place to stop for a bite to eat. For more than 100 years, the Stocklauser bakery has been renowned as a ...
Restaurant Spoolfield im Relax Resort am Kreischberg | © Relax Resort
Murau-Kreischberg
At the restaurant Spoonfield, you will appreciate the high-quality taste sensations: from traditional to international delicacies and vegetarian goodies. Great importance is placed on the quality and ...
Neues Cafehaus | © Cafe Crema
Murau-Kreischberg
Find whatever the heart desires in this recently redesigned, stylishly furnished café. Enjoy a fresh coffee at Café Crema with a large selection of home-made, lovingly prepared tarts and tempting ...
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 ...
Murau-Kreischberg
The market offers locally products. Meat (game, turkey, chicken, beef, sheep), dairy products, fruits, vegetables, bread, honey, eggs, fruit juices, schnapps, craft items. Additional offers like ...

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