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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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Am 18. Loch des Golfclub Murau_Kreischberg | © Holzwelt Murau
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
The gorgeous landscapes of the Upper Murtal region and beautiful lakes form the perfect backdrop for this 18-hole complex.
Kreischberg Gondelbahn Sommerbetrieb | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
In summer, this mountain ‒ which has previously hosted world winter sports championships ‒ proves a beautiful hiking area for the whole family! Take the gondola lift from the valley up to an ...
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 ...
Handwerksmuseum Murau | © Holzwelt Murau
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
The Murau Museum of Crafts showcases complete workshops from the town of Murau. Traditional working methods are demonstrated using a variety of old, long-lost tools and everyday objects. Plus: Learn ...
Freibad Murau | © Stadtwerke Murau
Murau-Kreischberg
Located near Murau's ski jump, this large outdoor swimming pool (50,000m²) is the perfect place to swim. The non-chlorinated pond has a diving board, an island and water slide. There is also a ...
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
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
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
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
A superb circular woodland trail with a lovely view over Murau and a tree hollow. Particularly suitable for families with children.
Einkehrschwung am Kreischberg | © Moser
Murau-Kreischberg
The Einkehrschwung is the go-to après ski bar on the Kreischberg, and is located right by the valley station for the gondola lift. Here you can sit on the sun terrace and watch the skiers and ...
Die Bierapotheke in Murau | © Brauerei Murau
Murau-Kreischberg
Following intensive renovation works, the old Salvator Apotheke (pharmacy) has been transformed into a hot new venue in the heart of the 'beer town' of Murau. And not only is it in the heart of town, ...
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 ...
Rosenhof Murau | © Fam. Ferner
Murau-Kreischberg
Things are almost literally a bed of roses here – and not only in the hotel rooms. The chef himself cooks, displaying a fine knack for regional specialties. Couples and spa guests alike will be ...
Lecker Asia am Bahnhof in Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The family-run business Lecker Asia offers a wide selection of Asian specialities. Lunch buffet: a generous range of specialities with over 30 varieties. Put together your own menu according to your ...

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