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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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Mit Pferden unterwegs | © Young Styria
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Surrender to pure, undisturbed riding pleasure at the newly built riding arena. A qualified instructor helps visitors of all ages learn or improve the art of riding. Guided horse tours are also ...
Audio Guide Tour durch Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
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Experience the medieval town of Murau (district capital) with an audio guide. Get a closer insight into the exciting history of Murau, of Anna Neumann, and of wood.
Holzeuropabrücke, St. Georgen am Kreischberg | © Holzwelt Murau
Murau-Kreischberg
Currently the largest cantilevered wooden bridge in Europe, this feat of Styrian timber construction is approved for heavy-load traffic and links St. Georgen with St. Lorenzen.
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 ...
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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.
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
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
A superb circular woodland trail with a lovely view over Murau and a tree hollow. Particularly suitable for families with children.
Murau-Kreischberg
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.
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.
Restaurant Pizzeria La Strada | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The Pizzeria lies on the state road in St. Georgen, at the crossroads to the Kreischberg. Pizza and pasta as well as typical home-cooked Styrian fare can be enjoyed at the Pizzeria La Strada.
Murau-Kreischberg
The Sofiehütte is situated in Ranten, towards Trattenkogel am Berg. From here, you can set off on a wonderful hike up to the Trattenkogel peak. Its traditional, rural ambience never fails to delight.
Murau-Kreischberg
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 ...
Bauernladen Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
Find delicious produce and tasty treats sourced from farms, in addition to hand-made souvenirs.
Murau-Kreischberg
The town of Murau became a bastion of beer – a Bierstadt – in 2010 and has worn this badge with pride ever since. Beer has been brewed in Murau for more than 500 years, and in a CO2-neutral ...

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