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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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Handwerksmuseum Murau | © Holzwelt Murau
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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 ...
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The church of St. Leonhard is a succursal church of the parish of Murau. It rises on a hill south of Murau, near Burg Grünfel, and is encircled by a defensive wall.
Filialkirche Hl. Laurentius, St. Georgen am Kreischberg | © Holzwelt Murau
Murau-Kreischberg
In the centre of the town of St. Lorenzen am Kreischberg, there stands a special example of the Gothic in the Upper Murtal and the Upper Carinthia region: the church dedicated to St. Lawrence, which ...
Schloss Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
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Towering above the town of Murau is Murau Castle, owned by the Schwarzenberg family. The castle can only be visited as part of a guided tour.
Kapuzinerkircher Murau | © Holzwelt Murau
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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 ...
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 ...
Café Korni | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
This Café in St. Egidi bei Murau with its sun terrace attracts visitors even in the early morning hours for a cosy coffee and chat. Fresh home-made pastries, ice cream and a varied range of ...
Gasthaus Seppenwirt in St. Lorenzen | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The Gasthaus Seppenwirt is located in the centre of St. Lorenzen, on the small church square. Parking is available. Regional delicacies are on the menu as well as proper home-style fare. The bar is ...
Außenansicht Nacht Gasthof Egidiwirt   | © mediadome Werbeagentur
Murau-Kreischberg
"Where eating becomes an experience!", as their motto goes. Just outside the town of Murau at the foot of the Stolzalpe, and close to the Kreischberg ski resort, the Gasthof is designed to offer ...
Cafe Konditorei Stocklauser Murau Außenansicht  | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The Stocklauser is a café and patisserie located on the state road in Murau, opposite the Billa supermarket. There are only a few parking spots available. The bakery offers fresh baked goods to take ...

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