Town of Murau
The small town of Murau, with its 2.114 residents, invites you to a cultural walk through the centre or a stroll through the local shops. The famous brewery town impresses with the heartfelt hospitality of its residents.
The old town fascinates with beautiful buildings and a medieval atmosphere. There is a lot to experience during a stay in Murau. In the more than 550-year-old brewery museum, the “Brewery of the Senses”, you have the chance to learn interesting things about the brewing of beer from the past and how it’s done today. The castle of Murau impresses with its spectacular premises and at the steam excursion train of the Murtal Railway, you have the possibility to be a locomotive conductor for one day.
In and around Murau, athletic people amongst you won’t be neglected. In close proximity, there are numerous hiking trails and cycling paths as well as ski areas and cross-country ski trails. The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg is only 50 minutes by car from the town and a frequently visited excursion destination throughout the year.
The countless events are going to impress you, because we put great emphasis on tradition and customs!
The Murauer Gasthof Hotel Lercher is located in the middle of the old town of Murau at a former city gate, the “Salzburgertor”.
First settlements and castle Murowe
The area has already been populated in the Bronze- and Roman Age. Murau was first mentioned in records in the year 1250. It received the town charter in the year 1298.
The minnesinger Ulrich von Lichtenstein built the castle Murowe in the 13th century. Soon after, a knights- and merchant area developed around the fortified building. During this time period, the square St. Leonhard and castle Grünfels were built as well.
Anna Neumann is still considered the Lady of Murau. She was the only woman, who survived two witch trials and five husbands. Her latest husband was Georg Ludwig Reichsgraf zu Schwarzenberg, whom she transferred her rule over Murau through a deed of donation. Ludwig Reichsgraf zu Schwarzenberg built the renaissance castle Murau in the middle of the Thirty Years’ War. From this time on, the royal house of Schwarzenberg is based in Murau.