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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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Rottenmanner Teich mit Kirchturm im See | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
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The lake spans three hectares and is located in Rottenmann, 7 km from Murau in the direction of Schöder.
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The history of settlement in Murau dates back to the Copper Age. The oldest finds are from around 1750 BC. The minnesinger Ulrich von Liechtenstein founded the town at its present location. In 1928 ...
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The church of St. Leonhard is a succursal church of the parish of Murau. It rises on a hill south of Murau, near Burg Grünfel, and is encircled by a defensive wall.
Kind beim Fischen | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
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Rent fishing tackle at the Freizeitwirt restaurant in Steirisch Laßnitz bei Murau, and get fishing!
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 ...
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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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A superb circular woodland trail with a lovely view over Murau and a tree hollow. Particularly suitable for families with children.
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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.
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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.
Pfiff - Das Restaurant am Golfplatz | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
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Pfiff is a golf course restaurant, situated in the clubhouse for the Murau-Kreischberg golf club. Take a seat on the wonderful terrace (with sun shades) to watch people teeing off and, more ...
Café Korni | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
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This Café in St. Egidi bei Murau with its sun terrace attracts visitors even in the early morning hours for a cosy coffee and chat. Fresh home-made pastries, ice cream and a varied range of ...
Die Terrasse beim Kreischberg Eck | © Kleinferchner
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Close to the valley station is the Kreischberg Eck, offering a good serving of Styrian hospitality. The eatery prides itself on a diverse range of regional products and specialities. In summer, the ...
Rosenhof Murau | © Fam. Ferner
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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 ...
Bauernladen Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
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Find delicious produce and tasty treats sourced from farms, in addition to hand-made souvenirs.

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