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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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Standing on the eastern edge of town is the church of St. Egidi (also: Ägidiuskirche), formerly part of the municipal area of Laßnitz, and now a district of the borough of Murau.
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 ...
Holzeuropabrücke, St. Georgen am Kreischberg | © Holzwelt Murau
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
Currently the largest cantilevered wooden bridge in Europe, this feat of Styrian timber construction is approved for heavy-load traffic and links St. Georgen with St. Lorenzen.
Rottenmanner Teich mit Kirchturm im See | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The lake spans three hectares and is located in Rottenmann, 7 km from Murau in the direction of Schöder.
Murau-Kreischberg, St. Peter-Schöder
This particularly rewarding hike runs from the district town of Murau up to the summit of the Stolzalpe.
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, 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 superb circular woodland trail with a lovely view over Murau and a tree hollow. Particularly suitable for families with children.
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 Sofiehütte is situated in Ranten, towards Trattenkogel am Berg. From here, you can set off on a wonderful hike up to the Trattenkogel peak. Its traditional, rural ambience never fails to delight.
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 ...
Cafe Zur Krone im Sommer | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
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 ...
Restaurant Pizzeria La Strada | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The Pizzeria lies on the state road in St. Georgen, at the crossroads to the Kreischberg. Pizza and pasta as well as typical home-cooked Styrian fare can be enjoyed at the Pizzeria La Strada.
Gasthof Schafferwirt in Kaindorf | © Fam. Mandl
Murau-Kreischberg
The restaurant has been in the Mandl family for three generations and stands out for its family atmosphere. The Schafferwirt is situated in Kaindorf, on the road between Murau and St. Georgen am ...

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