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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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Dampfbummelzug  Murtalbahn | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
Snorting, puffing, whistling and hissing, this popular nostalgic steam train winds its way through the Murtal. Enjoy a trip between Murau and Tamsweg on our scheduled excursions on Tuesdays and ...
Elisabethkirche in Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
St. Elizabeth's Church with the Protestant parish has been the site of the Protestant Diocesan Museum of Styria since 2001.
Rottenmanner Teich mit Kirchturm im See | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The lake spans three hectares and is located in Rottenmann, 7 km from Murau in the direction of Schöder.
Mit Anna Neumann unterwegs auf Entdeckungsreise | © Holzwelt Murau
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
Anna Neumann von Wasserleonburg herself accompanies you through the town of Murau, telling you about her life and work, as you visit eight stations.
Fahrt mit dem Murli Express im Winter | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
Fun ride with the Murli Express through St. Lorenzen/Kreischberg.
Murau-Kreischberg, Murau
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, 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, Murau, St. Peter-Schöder
This particularly rewarding hike runs from the district town of Murau up to the summit of the Stolzalpe.
Murauer Hütte Frauenalpe | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg | ikarus.cc
Murau-Kreischberg
Having completed your hike to the peak of the Frauenalpe, please visit us to enjoy a delectable feast in a romantic setting. Breathe in the fresh mountain air out on the sun terrace and linger for a ...
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 ...
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.
Einkehrschwung am Kreischberg | © Moser
Murau-Kreischberg
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 ...
Cafe Zur Krone im Sommer | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
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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