Marz lies in the Marz valley, surrounded by low, mainly wooded hills. The highest elevation is the 619-metre high “Narr”, but the best known is the Marzer Kogel, a nature conservation area with charming hiking country.
The village of Marz was first documented in 1202. The village coat of arms shows the defensive walls which surrounded the church, which was erected on a hill, to protect the population during the Turkish wars. Zacharias Gundian, a native of Marz and Count Nikolaus Esterházy’s master builder, rebuilt the church at his own expense after it was destroyed during the war.
The village has a lively community, with a plethora of cultural and sports clubs. The event that is best known is the Robisch Kirtag, a traditional folk celebration, held on Holy Trinity Sunday, involving singing, dancing and drinking. Festive Robisch lads and lasses wearing original folk costumes process around the village, culminating in the traditional “Bandltanz”, or ribbon dance.
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