There are five magnificent gardens in and around Murau in Upper Styria that encourage you to wander around their grounds.
The exploration of the gardens can, for example, begin in the Murau castle garden. The lovingly-tended garden world is accessible as part of a guided tour, as is the castle itself. The Renaissance-style castle towers above the town on the Schlossberg. The current buildings date from the 17th century, although there was a fortification on the same spot back in the 13th century.
A few kilometres away, the Baroque gardens of the Benedictine monastery of St. Lambrecht are dedicated to the four elements: earth, fire, air and water. There is also a labyrinth and a monastery shop where you can buy spices and herbs from the garden.
The NaturLesePark in Neumarkt is a garden which combines sculpture and text. In the world’s first artistically designed reading park, visitors walk past sculptures and can be inspired by text panels.
Nearby is the MIRAVITA life phase garden. Ten different garden spaces symbolise the phases of a human life. A little further away, in Krakaudorf at an altitude of almost 1200 metres, the Edelsteingarten (‘gemstone garden’) focuses on personal well-being and the power of stones.
Guided Covid-aware tours are offered in most of the gardens or alternatively there are audio guides available for visitors.
More information: www.regionmurau.at