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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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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 ...
Murau-Kreischberg
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.
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
Carriage rides - one of the most romantic ways to be chauffeured relaxed by the region Murau-Kreischberg.
Tandem Paragleiten | © Steiermark Tourismus
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
See the world from a bird’s eye view just once; no engines, no noise. Anyone can fly! With an experienced pilot by your side, you won’t need any instruction or special skills, just a little bit ...
Handwerksmuseum Murau | © Holzwelt Murau
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
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 ...
Murau-Kreischberg
A very long hike from the Frauenalpe to the Kreischberg, boasting outstanding views on alpine meadows and hiking trails, and particularly suitable for hikers with plenty of stamina.
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 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
This particularly rewarding hike runs from the district town of Murau up to the summit of the Stolzalpe.
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.
Neues Cafehaus | © Cafe Crema
Murau-Kreischberg
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 Konditorei Stocklauser Kreischberg Außenansicht  | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The bakery on Kreischbergstraße offers fresh pastries to take away. The café is a great place to stop for a bite to eat. For more than 100 years, the Stocklauser bakery has been renowned as a ...
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 ...
Lercher's Wirtshaus - Hotel Gasthof Lercher | © Hotel Lercher
Murau-Kreischberg
The cuisine is gorgeously down-to-earth, the delicacies come predominantly from the region and the "culinary calendar" promises additional 'flavours of the month' from wild garlic to burgers. An ...
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 ...

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