The Mur Valley - Overview
romantic valley along the river “Mur”
with its largely unspoiled nature offers the most
picturesque scenery in Styria with the largest
number of sunny days of the Alps. No matter if
you are visiting to relax or if you prefer active
holidays, in the Mur valley your holiday will
be a memorable experience. The unmatched hospitality
of the Styrian’s together with the culinary
delights of the region will not fail to leave
a lasting impression. In the winter the “Keischberg”
– Styria’s second largest ski resort
invites skiers and snowboarders alike to enjoy
the numerous scenic runs. Everything is on offer
- from wide family runs, Dinopark for children,
challenging black runs and Europe’s longest
half-pipe and a snowboard fun park (Airy Park).
The area also offers night time sleigh riding,
ice skating and romantic horse carriage excursions
through the valley. In the summer enjoy hiking,
bike riding along the idyllic “Murradweg”
bicycle track, golfing on the 18 hole golf course.
10 minutes drive from Predlitz in the Mur Valley
brings you into the spectacular mountain scenery
of the “Turracher Höhe”. At an
altitude of almost 1.800 m above sea level this
small town presents in a magnificent alpine setting.
The scenic interplay of the high peaks and the
three idyllic mountain lakes Turracher See, Schwarzsee
and Grünsee makes it a place of outstanding
natural beauty perfect for hiking, cycling and
healthy, crispy alpine mountain air of the Turracher
Höhe is clean and practically pollen-free,
a fact which is especially appreciated by people
who suffer from allergies.
In the Winter Turracher Höhe transforms into
a winter wonderland perfect for any type of ski
break, whether you prefer cross-country or downhill
skiing, carving or snowboarding. Turracher Höhe
has one of the longest skiing seasons in Austria
lasting from late October to early May.
With a stay in our Chalet in St. Georgen ob Murau
you have the “Kreischberg“ ski mountain
directly on your door step. The “Kreischberg”
offers over 42km of snow safe runs catering for
all difficulties. There are scenic runs, generous
learner hills, wide carving slopes, and a selective
run into the valley. Particularly versatile is
also what’s on offer for children: Yabba-Dabba-Doo
Land, Dinopark, children’s tubing, trampoline,
magic carpet, ski crèche and many more.
Snowboarders will be impressed with the longest
half-pipe in Europe directly at Kreischberg and
a snowboarding fun park (www.airypark.com).
Kreischberg hosted the snowboarding 2003, 2006
and 2010 World Cup and will also host it in 2015.
For cross-country skiers there are several tracks
laid, the most beautiful route being along the
river Mur. If that’s not enough four further
ski resorts nearby are waiting to be explored
(Frauenalpe, Grebenzen, Lachtal, Turracher Höhe).
Ski buses operate from Dec to March. Visit
for more information.
The Turracher Höhe enjoys an even longer
6-month skiing season from November right through
to the end of April. Being situated 1763 m above
sea level this ski resort is not only stunningly
beautiful in its setting but also snow-safe for
decades to come. Enjoy direct access to the slope
access) directly from our cabins and explore
38 km of slopes with breathtaking views of the
Nock mountains. One of the key attractions is
Turrach’s Ski Butler cruising the area to
be at the skiers’ service in a Mercedes-fashion
skidoo, serving a glass of sparkling wine at the
lifts, handing out small treats to the kids and
providing assistance if required. Visit www.turracherhoehe.at
for more information.
“Mur“ valley holiday region offers
numerous scenic hiking tracks between 800m and
2700m for all levels of difficulty. Dramatic changes
in the landscape between the eleven different
hiking regions of the area make the hiking in
Styria particularly exciting. The “Gstoder”
mountain in St. Ruprecht boasts the most spectacular
views of the valley; the hike to the “Zwiefeln”
glacier lakes is versatile and offers the most
beautiful mountain panorama. The seven-peak mountain
tour from the “Frauenalpe” to the
“Kreischberg” is a challenge for even
the more seasoned hikers. Beautiful family hikes
are also accessible from the 'Turracher Höhe',
such as the magical 3-Lake Walk.
45 km bicycle track “Murradweg” starts
in Predlitz only 10 minutes away from Turracher
Höhe. It is most picturesque between Stadl
and Murau. There are numerous restaurants and
picnic spots and the route leads through the unspoiled
scenery of the Nock- and Tauern mountains along
the river Mur. Mountain biking can be enjoyed
in many places and the Turracher Höhe is
a small paradise with its various cycling tracks
in breath-taking scenery.
Murtal Steam Train:
city Murau is perfect to have a break and recharge
your batteries and if there is not enough in the
tank to pedal all the way back, the historical
Murtal train brings you and the bike back to your
starting point. A special attraction is the possibility
to be a locomotive driver yourself. Under the
guidance of an experienced driver, you are allowed
to control the steam engine, whistle and valves.
To remember your performance you receive a locomotive
between the Kreischberg and Murau is the 18-hole
Golf course and driving range of St. Georgen/St.
Lorenzen. The surrounding mountains, wooded areas
and the river “Mur” set magnificent
scenery for a leisurely game of golf. Its said
to be one of the most beautifully set 18 hole
golf courses in Austria. You can reach the golf
resort within a 5 min drive from our log cabin
in St. George. The restaurant 'Pfiff' at the Golf
club also comes highly recommended (and tested
by us) for golfers and walkers alike.
Rafting“: The river “Mur“ offers
ideal conditions for rafting catering for all
grades of difficulty from beginner to more seasoned
adventure rafter. Horse Riding: On offer are hikes
on horseback, riding lessons, pony riding for
children and excursions by horse-drawn carriage.
The artificial lake in Stadl is open for swimming
in the summer and Ice skating in the winter. Also
Höhe, the Nocky Filtzer is a must see. The
Nocky Filtzer is an Alpine
coaster that will whiz you down the 1,600 m long
track through the alpine pastures and forests.
The Nocky Filtzer is open all year-round.
and Grandad Cooking
& Lisa - Garden at Kreischberg Lodge