Taurach- and Murtalbahn 05/06.10.2019

A scenic trip to our Salzburg and Styrian friends

And again, the Südbahn Express is drawn into the distance. For 2 days we want to visit our friends at the Murtal- and Taurachbahn. A special rarity for friends of steam operation.

The Murtalbahn (opened on 8 October 1894)

Unzmarkt – Murau (Styria)
On 27 August 1893 the ground-breaking ceremony took place in the presence of Adolph Josef Fürst zu Schwarzenberg. Under the direction of the first provincial railway director of Styria, Dr. h.c. Carl Wurmb, the 76.230 km long line was completed in only 316 days. A total of 12 stations and 14 stops were built. The management and the workshop were in Murau and heating houses were in Unzmarkt, Murau and Mauterndorf. 7 water stations were available to supply the steam locomotives. The stations communicated with each other and with the trains on the line by telephone, a pioneering achievement, as communication at that time was usually via Morse telegraphs.

The Taurach Railway

Murau – Tamsweg (Salzburg)
The Taurachbahn is located in the Lungau (Salzburgerland), a high basin surrounded by the Radstädter Tauern in the north, the Hohe Tauern in the west and the Nockbergen in the south. The railway got its name from the “Taurach”, a mountain river which has its source in the Tauern massifs and which is followed by the railway from Mauterndorf to Tamsweg.
Originally the Taurachbahn was part of the Murtalbahn. But right from the beginning this section from Tamsweg to Mauterndorf was in a disadvantaged situation. After the Steiermärkische Landesbahnen had submitted the application for closure and the Tamsweg – Mauterndorf section had been legally closed since 1 September 1981, Club 760 made an effort to complete the route. The aim of the club was to preserve the full length of the Murtalbahn.


Saturday, 5 October 2019
Departure Lienz about 8:00 h via Spittal-Millstättersee, Villach Hbf, Ossiach, St. Veit an der Glan, Unzmarkt. Arrival Unzmarkt approx. 11:40 h.
Departure Unzmarkt with the Murtalbahn at 12:10 a.m. – Arrival Murau: 13:00 a.m.
Afterwards walk to the Murauer brewery with lunch and guided tour (optional)
Departure Murau 16:10 h with the Taurachbahn to Mauterndorf. Arrival: 18:45 h
Moving in of the accommodations. 19:30 h Festival in the station area with kettle goulash and drinks.

Sunday, 6 October 2019
Once again we enjoy the almost indescribable smell of steam of the Mur- and Taurachbahn and the beautiful landscape along the rivers Taurach and Mur.
Departure Mauterndorf: 8:15 a.m.
Arrival Unzmarkt: 12:10 h
There we say goodbye to our Styrian and Salzburg friends.
The return journey from Unzmarkt takes us via St. Veit an der Glan and then via Klagenfurt, Wörthersee, Villach, Spittal-Millstättersee to our home station Lienz.

Included benefits:

Journey with the Südbahn Express over the Ossiachersee to Unzmarkt.
Take the steam train from Unzmarkt to Murau and on to Mauterndorf.
Trip with the steam train from Mauterndorf to Unzmarkt.
Journey with the Südbahn Express from Unzmarkt over Lake Wörthersee to Lienz.


departure station2. Klasse1. Klasse
from Lienz
€ 135,00€ 155,00
from Greifenburg€ 128,00€ 148,00
from Spittal-M.€ 123,00€ 143,00
from Villach Hbf€ 115,00€ 135,00

Estimated timetable

Lienz08:04 hLienz15:23 h
Spittal-M.09:07 hSpittal-M.14:22 h
Villach Hbf.09:34 hVillach Hbf.13:42 h
Unzmarkt arrival11:40 hUnzmarkt departure12:40 h
Switching to the steam trainSwitching to the Südbahn Express
Unzmarkt departure12:10 hUnzmarkt arrival12:10 h
Murau arrival13:00 h
Murau departure16:10 h
Mauterndorf arrival18:45 hMauterndorf departure08:15 h

Booking number: M 2


Optional programme

Lunch at the brewery inn in Murau
3 courses: soup and salad from the buffet, main course with meat or vegetable lasagne (vegetarian) and cake
Guided tour of the brewery and tasting of 3 types of beer
Price: € 27,00

For organisational reasons, we ask you kindly to order the optional programme at the same time as you book your trip if you make use of it. Thank you.


Since our association does not have a travel agency licence, we ask you to book the accommodation yourself.

Tourism info: Tourismusverband Lienz
Tourism info: www.mauterndorf.at/de/unterkünfte

Hotel Stegmuehlhof: www.stegmuehlhof.com
Hotel Binggl: www.binggl.com
Hotel Neuwirt: www.neuwirt.at
Hotel Post: hotel post-mauterndorf.at
Youth and family guesthouses: www.mauser.cc