|• Mayor||Thomas Kalcher (ÖVP)|
|• Total||10.75 km2 (4.15 sq mi)|
|Elevation||829 m (2,720 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2013)|
|• Density||200/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
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.
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.
- Ulrich von Liechtenstein (1200-1278), ministerialis, knight and minnesanger
- Fritz Haas (1890-1968), architect
- Brunner & Brunner, music duo
- Klaus Ofner (1968-present), skier
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