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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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Disc Golf am Kreischberg | © Murtaler Seilbahnen Betriebs GesmbH
Murau-Kreischberg
Great fun for the whole family: the new Disc Golf Park on the Kreischberg. Situated directly by the mountain station for the gondola lift is the nine-hole Disc Golf Parcours, set in beautiful pine ...
Murlis tierische Freunde | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
Set off on a fun expedition on which you can learn more about woodland animals! Start the discovery trail at the tourist information office on Kreischberg (St. Lorenzen train station), where you will ...
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.
Kinder machen die Buchstabenrallye in Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
Pick up a treasure map from one of the information offices and set off exploring the town of Murau with your family. The treasure map will lead you to secret spots where red clue letters are hidden. ...
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 ...
Gasthof Mooswirt in Rottenmann bei Ranten | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The Gasthof Mooswirt is located in Rottenmann in the municipality of Ranten, on the way from Murau to Schöder. It is a decent, homely restaurant situated opposite the picturesque Rottenmann ...
Ottl's Wirtshaus in St. Lorenzen im Sommer | © Wind
Murau-Kreischberg
The Ottl's Wirtshaus (inn and café) is located in St. Lorenzen and offers indoor and outdoor seating. The kids will enjoy the trampolin and sandpit. Ottl's offers home-made ice cream and warm ...
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 ...
Bauernmarkt Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The Murau farmers' market has been treating the taste buds of the town's residents and holidaymakers to local delicacies since 1993. It is particularly well-known for the high quality of the products ...
Alpengasthof Krische Außenansicht  | © Alpengasthof Krische
Murau-Kreischberg
Set on a high plateau amidst mountains and forests, enjoying a tranquil location with no traffic at an altitude of 1,600 m, and right next to the Frauenalpe (a popular destination for ski touring and ...

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