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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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Kapuzinerkircher Murau | © Holzwelt Murau
Murau-Kreischberg
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 ...
Mur Wasserkraftwerk  | © Holzwelt Murau
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
A fish migration assistance point is located at the hydroelectric power station on the Mur in St. Egidi. During the summer, you can visit both the power plant and check out the fish migration ...
Murlis tierische Freunde | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
Set off on a fun expedition on which you can learn more about woodland animals! Start the discovery trail at the tourist information office on Kreischberg (St. Lorenzen train station), where you will ...
Kletterhalle in Murau West | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
This climbing centre also contains a boulder zone with fall protection facilities, ensuring challenge and adventure at every turn up to a maximum height of 13 m. In total, there are 35 routes ...
Braukessel in der Brauerei | © Brauerei Murau eGen
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
As of now, Styria has one more delectable destination up its sleeve: a special interactive beer experience, the "Brewery of the Senses" has been set up at the Murau Brewery on Raffaltplatz.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Bauernmarkt Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The Murau farmers' market has been treating the taste buds of the town's residents and holidaymakers to local delicacies since 1993. It is particularly well-known for the high quality of the products ...
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 ...
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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