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Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
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Murau-Kreischberg, one of Austria’s greenest & cleanest alpine travel destinations.

You know what? In Murau-Kreischberg even snow cannons can be sustainable! Really?! I can’t quite believe what they say: Aren’t artificial snowmaking systems in the mountains considered one of the most environmentally unsustainable forms of development? “Not if you draw the water from your own reservoir lakes, and add nothing to the pure mountain water during the snowmaking process on the ski slopes”, smiles Gerhard Maierhofer, former farmer turned hiking guide in the mountain region of Murau-Kreischberg. Together with him and his partner Tamara, who is responsible for tourism development in the area, we are involved in an amusing (tech) conversation about sustainability and energy management in the Murau region of southern Styria, close to some of the highest mountains of Austria. So we’ve learned that almost all the energy in Murau comes from the power plants along the river Mur, as well as from the new, hypermodern district heating power plant, which visitors can now also visit. A truly tremendous engineering achievement, which really appeals to interested visitors like me!

Sehenswert: Eine moderne Schneekanone in einem "grünen Energiekreislauf" ohne zusätzliche Umweltbelastungen für Böden und Klima ...

Worth noticing: A “green snow cannon”, with no additional harm done to the local soils nor the environment as a whole …

 

... gefunden auf nahezu 2.000 Metern Seehöhe, dem Hausberg Kreischberg der Murauer!

… found at almost 2.000 metres above sea level, during a summer hike on top of the Kreischberg mountain in Murau!

 

Wichtig: Bei einem Gläschen regionalen Bier diskutiert es sich besser, wie beispielsweise hier in der ...

Always important to get your “local beer fix”, such as Murauer Bier which is brewed locally and served to us at Berg7 restaurant …

 

... neben High Tech hat die Stadt Murau und Umgebung ...

… apart from high tech and a leading role in promoting sustainable tourism, the city of Murau …

 

... aber vor allem dieses hier zu bieten: Jede Menge "Quiet Spots" (statt HotSpots).

… mostly has this offer: Lots of “quiet spots” over “HotSpots”, such as here at the Grünfels track just south of the city.

 

Der Blick auf die ruhig gelegene Sankt Leonhardkirche mit der Kalvarienbergkapelle ist friedlich wie

Love our view of the local Leonardi Church and Kalvarienberg chapel. Peaceful. Wonderful.

 

Das mit der Umwelttechnik aber wollten wir dann doch genau wissen, und haben Tamara Schellander (hier ganz rechts im Bild) gebeten, uns die Herren Ing. Kurt Woitischek sowie Thomas Tausch vorzustellen ...

Talking more about sustainable energy development, Tamara Schellander (on the right) has introduced us to her “green engineers” Kurt Woitischek as well as Thomas Tausch …

 

... die uns in dieses modernste Kraftwerk ganz nah der Stadt Murau führen, welches erst vor wenigen Jahren eröffnet hat und seither zu einer gewissen Energie-Autarkheit der Region beiträgt ...

… who present us their most recent power plant running entirely on burning wood chips from the local forests (sustainably managed, of course), providing energy for all households as well as the local hospital and the local brewery …

 

... das Prinzip ist einfach: Ein gewaltiger Brennofen versorgt mittels modernster Hackschnitzelanlage die Großabnehmer Brauerei Murau, das Rehabilitationszentrum auf der Stolzalpe, sowie alle Haushalte mit Warmwasser und Energie ...

… a wonderful achievement if you ask me, involving two years of planning and eight months of building …

 

... vielen Dank, lieber Thomas Tausch, für diesen spannenden Blick hinter die Kulissen hier!

… thank you so much for this interesting glimpse behind the scenes!

 

The local brewery “Murauer Bier” is another example of sustainable development, involving cutting-edge brewing technologies, environmentally friendly transport solutions, and simply, a great beer taste from the region’s natural source waters.

Murau Brewery clearly walks the talk in terms of promoting sustainability in its many different lines of business: https://www.murauerbier.at/nachhaltigkeit/. They even rent an eCar to interested visitors (the local tourist information does so, too!), and almost naturally also provide a “gas station” for electronic cars. We had a good look at the brewery and ended up in the local “beer pharmacy“, as if to fully realize how important and valuable the ingredients of a good beer can be. Check this out.

Die Brauerei Murau ...

The brewery in Murau …

 

... besteht bereits seit vielen hundert Jahren und bietet heute eine sehr große Palette an traditionellen und Traft-Bieren an ...

… has existed for many centuries, and now offers a broad range of internationally acclaimed (craft) beer varieties …

 

... der Besucherrundgang ist ansprechend, informativ und interaktiv gehalten ...

… love how the guided tour is interactive and informative at the same time (all information displays are in both German and English) …

 

... die Verkostung einiger typischer Pils, Märzen, Stout & Lager-

… and at the end, you can of course sample their traditional Pils, Märzen, Stout & Lager beers …

 

... führt uns schließlich zum "Bier-Absacker" hinüber in die sogenannte Bier-Apotheke, wo Bier fast schon wissenschaftlich gut serviert wird ..!

… including a voucher for a visit to the nearby “beer pharmacy”, where an almost scientific tasting may look like this ..!

 

Tipp: Wenn Ihr nach all diesen (nachhaltig guten) Reiseerlebnissen Hunger verspürt, kann ich Euch den Gasthof Rosenhof ...

If you, too, feel hungry after all of these travel experiences, head over to either Gasthof Rosenhof …

 

... mit seinem zauberhaften Gastgarten ...

… with their wonderful, wonderful garden area …

 

... sowie das Hotel Lercher ...

… or consider having dinner at the Hotel Lercher, awarded with the Austrian Eco Label for sound ecological resource management …

 

... mit traumhaften Blick beim Abendessen über die Stadt M

… offering wonderful views over the city of Murau from their panorama windows …

 

... hier im Gasthof Lercher, ebenfalls ausgezeichnet mit dem Österreichischen Umweltzeichen für Tourismusbetriebe, nächtigen wir auch mit schönstem Blick über die Stadt ...

… it is here where we spent the night as well …

 

... der dann so aussieht : Blick von meinem Zimmer an einem lauen Sommerabend in der Bergregion von Murau.

… looking on over the mountain region and forest district of Murau, truly one of the most beautiful areas in alpine Styria.

 

Last but not least, do make sure to visit the wood museum (you are in Austria’s most forested region, after all!), knowing whom or what to thank for that deep breath of fresh air ..!

Being “on the wood track” can only mean good things in this country. From so-called “wood ambassadors”, to wood museum partners, wood world tours and many more attractive offers, we first decide to visit the Wood Museum (“Holzwelt”) near the city of Murau (ask for local lady Hermine: She truly knows everything there is to know!). Thought I knew a little bit about wood, but just how much is contained in such a simple and ubiquitous element of life and nature, is something truly worth discovering.

Zu Besuch in der Holzwelt Murau ...

Visiting the Holzwelt Murau museum …

 

... lernen wir alles Wissenswerte von der charmanten Hermine, Ehrenbotschafterin der Holzwelt seit gut 30 Jahren ...

… takes you on a journey through everything wood …

 

... wie beispielsweise über das "Come-Back" des heimischen Superstars Lärche und Lärchenholz, einer der angepasstesten und nachhaltig attraktivsten Bäume der Region ...

… also talking about the “comeback of the larch tree”, a local to the alpine regions of Central Europe for many millennia …

 

... danke, liebe Tamara, lieber Gerhard, für den schönen Besuch in Eurer Heimat !

… thank you so much, dear Tamara, dear Gerhard, for this insightful and truly charming visit to Murau!

 

Check out further travel photos I’ve taken during my visit of Murau-Kreischberg here:

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And if you feel like having more, I’ve also made this little travel video for you, taking you out for a day following “in the footsteps of the Austrian Eco Label”, and sustainability in the area:


 

Monika & Petar Fuchs, who post on TravelWorldOnline.de, have also written about their visit to Murau-Kreischberg in Styria: “Murau Ausflugsziele in der Urlaubsregion Murtal“.

 

Disclaimer: We have been invited by Murau-Kreischberg tourism board as well as the Austrian Eco Label #Umweltzeichen on this trip to Murau. All opinions are my own.

Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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