Murau

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Murau
Murau panorama with train.jpg
Coat of arms of Murau
Coat of arms
Murau is located in Austria
Murau
Murau
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°06′43″N 14°10′23″E / 47.11194°N 14.17306°E / 47.11194; 14.17306Coordinates: 47°06′43″N 14°10′23″E / 47.11194°N 14.17306°E / 47.11194; 14.17306
Country Austria
State Styria
District Murau
Government
 • Mayor Thomas Kalcher (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total 10.75 km2 (4.15 sq mi)
Elevation 829 m (2,720 ft)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 2,124
 • Density 200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8850
Area code 03532
Vehicle registration MU
Website murau.steiermark.at

Murau is the capital of the district of the same name in Styria, located along the Mur river. It has a population of 2,124.

History[edit]

The area was already settled in the Bronze Age through the Roman Era. It was mentioned for the first time in a document which used the name Murau in the year 1250.

Based on the Tabula Peutingeriana Noreia, the capital of the Celtic kingdom Noricum was thought to be near Murau in the late 18th and the 19th century.

During the Second World War a camp for the German armed forces was located here, in which captured British prisoners of war had been kept. In May 1945 groups of resistance fighters freed those prisoners.

The Murtalbahn steam train is a historic part of the town, as well as one of its tourist attractions.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1869 1,293 —    
1880 1,409 +9.0%
1890 1,377 −2.3%
1900 1,679 +21.9%
1910 1,807 +7.6%
1923 1,990 +10.1%
1934 2,117 +6.4%
1939 2,279 +7.7%
1951 2,838 +24.5%
1961 2,794 −1.6%
1971 2,711 −3.0%
1981 2,622 −3.3%
1991 2,443 −6.8%
2001 2,331 −4.6%
2011 2,096 −10.1%

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