Hahnenkamm is one of Kitzbuehel’s most famous mountains. This is the place where Hanhenkamm Skiing race is done, end of january.
A modern cablecar takes you up there, or you can hike up, on several trails.
Being on Hahnenkamm, you have a huge selection of things to do, from small hikes to longer ones, from very easy to quite demanding.
You can also visit the little museum, which is telling you about Kitzbuehel’s history of skiing place, cable car history and all related to the skiing race.
(however, as the likes and dislikes are different, I will give recommendations each for several of the options)
On the opposite of Hahnenkamm is Kitzbuehel Horn, 2000 m. Also a great place for a visit. It is the home of famous Alpenblumengarten, an area where they have planted a huge selection of different plants growing in higher altitudes.
You can hike uphill or take the cable car.
Also for Kitzbuehel Horn, I will give separate receommendations for the possibilities.
When Kitzbühel was founded in 1271, a gig romanesque church was built, of which only the tower is still standing. The present church in gothic style was built between 1435 and 1506, with baroque additions in 1785.
It has a wonderful high altar, which was built in 1661 ff.
I have to admit that I've never seen the inside of the cathedral, but I really love the medeval front. I'm a big fan of medeval architecture. If you're one, too, you'll find lots of beautiful old buildings here.
Enjoy a day out on The Hahnenkam in Kitzbuhel.
Ther's an intersting museum about the cable-cars and the downhill ski race up here. It started off wet when we took the cable-car up here so we had fun in the museum with the downhill race simulator. - step into the machine in a slightly crouched position (as for ski-ing) and put your feet on the pedals to get all the sensations without fear of falling. Its even more amusing for the person watching you from behind as all they can see is your backside bobbing up and down. (no you can't see my pics of this !)
Once you had enough of the museum at the top of the cable-car head out for the fresh air, arm youself with a walking map and explore some of the many alpine paths to admire the mountain scenery of the Kitzbhel Horn one way and the Wilder Kaiser in another direction
Walk back down - I much prefer that to walking uphill if ther's a cable-car available!
It was a little wet at first but eventually the sun came out and this rainbow appeared over Kitzbuhel lifting the gloom of the day - lovely!We would return later in the week for some more hiking up there in better weather.
Near 1712 meters above Kitzbuhel is the Hahnenkamm Mountain. The ride up the mountain is relaxing as you go through thick pine forests and the mists of the clouds laying over the valley. As you get above the low clouds, an amazing vista of the surrounding mountains is your reward. Once at the top station, you can walk up to the small chapel about 10 mins. from the station and then up to the 1800 meter mark and take another cable car further.
I had a lot of fun on Hahnenkamm. The temp. was around -5 to -8 celcius with a strong breeze and knee deep snow when I walked around the top but there is a snow plow that keeps the path/road easily accessable to visitors. Just watch out for the plow, I got chased around by the thing.
Walking on top is pretty easy and you can rent cross country skis from the bottom station. In the summer, you can mountain bike on the paths on the top. The top station has a restaurant in it and pictures on the walls show some of the history of sports on the mountain.
The Kitzbuheler Horn is one of two mountains that you can explore during the summer. You can access it via a cable car. The return trip cost to the top is 14 euros although there is a stop and change station halfway up the mountain. We rode all the way to the top and then took the the long winding footpath down to the halfway station to catch the last car down.
Every year there is the "Hahnenkamm Race" in Kitzbuehel. Hahnenkamm - Streif -Ganslern. Famous names in the world of alpine ski racing. The worlds best ski racers will compete in the disciplines of Super-G, downhill and slalom, the traditional Hahnenkamm Champion will be determined by the fastest combined total time.
This annual event is a must see activity for everyone who likes skiing and ski-races. About 40,000 people come to Kitz' to watch the reace and celebrate on slope or in bars - where you can also meet VIP people like "Burnie Eclestone". Kitzbuehel is about 80 km from salzburg and easily to reach by car or by train.
In the city centre you'll find a lot of historical (especially medeval) buildings. One of the most beautiful is the city hall with the city tower.
If you have time and the energy there are numerous hiking trials - oops I mean trails (I think!) starting from the Horn with glorious views of the alps.
It is free with a ski pass. 14 Euro without, but well worth it in my opinion. Not for those afraid of heights, but the views and skiing at the top are beyond description.