Stadt Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau

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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Wasserrutsche im Hallenbad Murau | © Stadtwerke Murau
Tourismusregion Murau
The indoor swimming pool (2,000 m²) in Murau offers fun and relaxation for both adults and children. Set your personal best in the 25m competition pool or splash around with your children in the ...
Mur Wasserkraftwerk  | © Holzwelt Murau
Tourismusregion Murau, 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 ...
Bogenschießen | © Young Styria
Tourismusregion Murau, Murau
Experience the noble art of archery. The Weilharter family runs a course featuring 28 lifelike SRT target animals.
St. Nikolauskirche Steir. Laßnitz | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau
Historically, the village of Steirisch Laßnitz was entrusted to St. Lambrecht’s Abbey. The church in Steirisch Laßnitz, with its cemetery, is dedicated to St. Nicholas.
Schloss Murau | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
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Towering above the town of Murau is Murau Castle, owned by the Schwarzenberg family. The castle can only be visited as part of a guided tour.
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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.
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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 superb circular woodland trail with a lovely view over Murau and a tree hollow. Particularly suitable for families with children.
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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 particularly rewarding hike runs from the district town of Murau up to the summit of the Stolzalpe.
Gasthaus Grünfels | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau
Guests are in good hands at the Gasthof Grünfels, located by the Friesachertor in Murau. Savour its honest, home-style ambience and enjoy a wonderful view of the town park, parish church and old ...
Gasthof Wallner in Steir. Laßnitz | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau
The Gasthof Wallner in Steirische Laßnitz is located next to the church. The town itself lies be-tween Murau and St. Lambrecht. The peaceful town restaurant serves food on request and offers space ...
Restaurantansicht mit Terrasse - Dörflwirt | © Dörflwirt
Tourismusregion Murau
This restaurant on the Kreischberg has a large selection of burgers, home-made pizzas and home-style fare ‒ a treat for any palate. The establishment is located at the Ferienpark Kreischberg, and ...
Cafe Konditorei Stocklauser Kreischberg Außenansicht  | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Tourismusregion Murau
The bakery on Kreischbergstraße offers fresh pastries to take away. The café is a great place to stop for a bite to eat. For more than 100 years, the Stocklauser bakery has been renowned as a ...
Außenansicht Nacht Gasthof Egidiwirt   | © mediadome Werbeagentur
Tourismusregion Murau
"Where eating becomes an experience!", as their motto goes. Just outside the town of Murau at the foot of the Stolzalpe, and close to the Kreischberg ski resort, the Gasthof is designed to offer ...

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