Stadt Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau

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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Freibad St. Lorenzen | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau
The leisure centre in St. Lorenzen boasts a heated swimming pool with its own children's paddling pool. The adjoining restaurant “Barfly” keeps you amply refreshed.
Stolzalpenkirche | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau
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.
Stadtpfarrkirche Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau
The parish church of Murau is dedicated to St. Matthew and rises above the old town, just below the castle. Murau’s parish church is one of the earliest and most interesting Gothic sacred buildings ...
Wasserrutsche im Hallenbad Murau | © Stadtwerke Murau
Tourismusregion Murau
The indoor swimming pool (2,000 m²) in Murau offers fun and relaxation for both adults and children. Set your personal best in the 25m competition pool or splash around with your children in the ...
Braukessel in der Brauerei | © Brauerei Murau eGen
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As of now, Styria has one more delectable destination up its sleeve: a special interactive beer experience, the "Brewery of the Senses" has been set up at the Murau Brewery on Raffaltplatz.
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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.
Tourismusregion Murau, Murau
A superb circular woodland trail with a lovely view over Murau and a tree hollow. Particularly suitable for families with children.
Tourismusregion Murau, Murau
This particularly rewarding hike runs from the district town of Murau up to the summit of the Stolzalpe.
Tourismusregion Murau
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.
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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.
Das weiße Dach - Außenansicht  | © Das weiße Dach
Tourismusregion Murau
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 ...
Neues Cafehaus | © Cafe Crema
Tourismusregion Murau
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 ...
Cafe Zur Krone im Sommer | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau
Café Zur Krone is located on Raffaltplatz, opposite the Murauer Brauerei. After a tour of the Brauerei der Sinne (Brewery of the Senses), the café is an appetising place for refreshments. If you've ...
Gasthaus Grünfels | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau
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 ...
Die Bierapotheke in Murau | © Brauerei Murau
Tourismusregion Murau
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, ...

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