From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Murau panorama with train.jpg
Coat of arms of Murau
Coat of arms
Murau is located in Austria
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
 • Mayor Thomas Kalcher (ÖVP)
 • Total 10.75 km2 (4.15 sq mi)
Elevation 829 m (2,720 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 2,131
 • 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

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.


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. Since 2002, the annual festival Shakespeare in Styria presents productions of Shakespeare plays in the town's Festival Hall, in the Courtyard of the Murau Castle as well as at the Domenig Pavillon in the park of the town. Young actors from all over Europe are directed by experienced British directors.


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%


Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare performed in Murau, 2014

Shakespeare in Styria is an annual open-air Shakespeare festival in Murau. The festival was founded in 2002 by British born theatre manager Nicholas Allen and Austrian writer Rudolph J. Wojta. Each year it presents another play performed by young actors and actresses from all over Europe. In the early years of the festivals performances were in English. Since 2013 productions are performed in German and directed by Nicholas Allen and US-American sword-master Roberta Brown.



External links[edit]