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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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Murli Express | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
All aboard! A fun-filled ride on the Murli Express takes place twice a week in summer. Travel is free!
Kinder am Detektivweg in St. Georgen | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
Collect a fun stamp book at the tourist information office to record your tour through St. Georgen. On the trail around the town, you will find colourful little houses, each hiding a stamp with some ...
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 ...
St. Nikolauskirche Steir. Laßnitz | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
Historically, the village of Steirisch Laßnitz was entrusted to St. Lambrecht’s Abbey. The church in Steirisch Laßnitz, with its cemetery, is dedicated to St. Nicholas.
Kapuzinerkircher Murau | © Holzwelt Murau
Murau-Kreischberg
The Capuchin Church was founded along with a monastery by the Imperial Count Georg Ludwig of Schwarzenberg in 1645, as the monks had been called to Murau in the Counter Reformation. Two side chapels ...
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 superb circular woodland trail with a lovely view over Murau and a tree hollow. Particularly suitable for families with children.
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.
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
A popular route with views of the eastern 3,000ers of the Hohen Tauern mountain range; some planning is required in order to get back to the starting point.
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 ...
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 ...
Hotel Zum Brauhaus in Murau
Murau-Kreischberg
The Hotel Zum Brauhaus blends contemporary comfort with traditional charm. At the Hotel Zum Brauhaus with restaurant, you will be treated to the proverbial Styrian hospitality by friendly staff. The ...
Stüberl Gabi Meissnitzer | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The Stüberl is located at the EUCOC Center in Murau, not too far from the Stolzalpenkreuzung crossroads heading towards the centre. After a stroll or shopping spree, the array of pastries and ice ...
Das weiße Dach - Außenansicht  | © Das weiße Dach
Murau-Kreischberg
The traditional Murau Gasthof with its historical parlour and cosy outdoor dining area situated on the main square invites you to sample some regional delicacies. The kitchen offers a wide range of ...

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