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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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Stadtpfarrkirche Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
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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 ...
Murli Express | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
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All aboard! A fun-filled ride on the Murli Express takes place twice a week in summer. Travel is free!
Kreischberg Gondelbahn Sommerbetrieb | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
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In summer, this mountain ‒ which has previously hosted world winter sports championships ‒ proves a beautiful hiking area for the whole family! Take the gondola lift from the valley up to an ...
St. Annakirche Murau | © Holzwelt Murau
Tourismusregion Murau
St. Anne's Church was built in around 1400 to commemorate a theft of the host; built at the spot where the Blessed Sacrament was later found.
© TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau, Murau
Embark on a journey through the medieval old town of Murau to find out more about its history and buildings, Anna Neumann and the Schwarzenberg family.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This particularly rewarding hike runs from the district town of Murau up to the summit of the Stolzalpe.
Lercher's Wirtshaus - Hotel Gasthof Lercher | © Hotel Lercher
Tourismusregion Murau
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 ...
Einkehrschwung am Kreischberg | © Moser
Tourismusregion Murau
The Einkehrschwung is the go-to après ski bar on the Kreischberg, and is located right by the valley station for the gondola lift. Here you can sit on the sun terrace and watch the skiers and ...
Tourismusregion Murau
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 ...
Gasthof Schafferwirt in Kaindorf | © Fam. Mandl
Tourismusregion Murau
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 ...
Cafe Zur Krone im Sommer | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau
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 ...

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