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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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Kletterhalle in Murau West | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
This climbing centre also contains a boulder zone with fall protection facilities, ensuring challenge and adventure at every turn up to a maximum height of 13 m. In total, there are 35 routes ...
Murau-Kreischberg
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 ...
Reiten mit Reitlehrern am Zechnerhof | © Zechnerhof
Murau-Kreischberg
Riding holidays at the Zechnerhof are something truly out of the ordinary; an experience to look back on with great fondness. Start off at the Zechnerhof on the back of Haflinger horses and ponies, ...
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.
Dampfbummelzug  Murtalbahn | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
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 ...
Murau-Kreischberg
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.
Murau-Kreischberg
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, 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.
Kastanienbar Kreischberg | © Everyday
Murau-Kreischberg
The Kastanienbar on the Kreischberg is THE place to meet for the young and young at heart. This is party central, and not just in winter. While the après ski crowd flocks to this bar at the foot of ...
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 ...
Carver's Pub Bar | © Hotel Relax Resort
Murau-Kreischberg
The pub is located at the Hotel Relax Resort****. It is a cosy Irish pub offering classic pub games such as darts and snooker in addition to a wide range of drinks. A bowling alley, table football ...
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 ...
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 ...

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