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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 ...
Kino im JUFA Hotel | © JUFA Hotels
Murau-Kreischberg
The 50-seat modern cinema at the JUFA Hotel Murau is largely wood furnished, and offers a diverse mix of high-quality and entertaining movies. The cafe and garden eatery right next to the cinema ...
Stadtpfarrkirche Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The parish church of Murau is dedicated to St. Matthew and rises above the old town, just below the castle. Murau’s parish church is one of the earliest and most interesting Gothic sacred buildings ...
Wasserrutsche im Hallenbad Murau | © Stadtwerke Murau
Murau-Kreischberg
The indoor swimming pool (2,000 m²) in Murau offers fun and relaxation for both adults and children. Set your personal best in the 25m competition pool or splash around with your children in the ...
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 ...
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
A superb circular woodland trail with a lovely view over Murau and a tree hollow. Particularly suitable for families with children.
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
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
This particularly rewarding hike runs from the district town of Murau up to the summit of the Stolzalpe.
Lecker Asia am Bahnhof in Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The family-run business Lecker Asia offers a wide selection of Asian specialities. Lunch buffet: a generous range of specialities with over 30 varieties. Put together your own menu according to your ...
Pizzeria Platzhirsch - Restaurantbereich  | © Restaurant Pizzeria Platzhirsch
Murau-Kreischberg
The Restaurant Platzhirsch is located in the centre of Murau, and embellished with a beautiful view of the Mur. This romantic backdrop is complemented by authentic Italian style. There is ca-pacity ...
Außenansicht Cafe Auszeit | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
Café Auszeit is close to a number of shops, making it the ideal place for a short break while you do your shopping. You will find the café behind the Spar supermarket at the Stolzalpenkreuzung ...
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 ...
Restaurantansicht mit Terrasse - Dörflwirt | © Dörflwirt
Murau-Kreischberg
This restaurant on the Kreischberg has a large selection of burgers, home-made pizzas and home-style fare ‒ a treat for any palate. The establishment is located at the Ferienpark Kreischberg, and ...

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