Kitzbühel Travel Guide

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    hahnenkamm top station
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    nearing the top of the hahnenkamm
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Kitzbühel Highlights

  • Pro
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    Trekki says…

     beautiful village - lots of outdoors - fascinating surroundings 

  • Con
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     can be a bit overcrowded in winter (but has escaping possibilities) 

  • In a nutshell
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    sandysmith says…

     good tyrolean base 

Kitzbühel Things to Do

  • Hahnenkamm Mountain

    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...

  • Parish Church "Heiliger St. Andreas"

    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.

  • Kitzbuehel Horn (2000 m)

    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...

  • The Hahnenkamm (1769 m)

    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...

  • Walk the Kitbuheler Horn

    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...

  • Medval history

    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.

  • Big cathedral in a small town

    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.

  • Kitzbuehel Hahnenkamm Ski-Race

    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...

  • Walk back down the Hanhenhan

    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.

  • Walking on the Hahnenkam

    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

  • Gondola to the Top of the Hahnenkamm

    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.

  • Hiking on the Horn

    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.


Kitzbühel Hotels

Kitzbühel Restaurants

  • sublime

    The deal with our hütte included dinner. First night was warm and sunny, so we were able to eat on the balcony. Pancake soup, then schnitzel with fried potatoes, and a pancake dessert. Home cooking and delicious. Second night it was cooler, so we had to eat inside. A warm, cosy, traditional spot. It was semolina soup followed by spinach dumplings -...

  • Great food and service

    Great food and brilliant service and reasonably priced. The bar attached isn't great so just eat and go drink elsewhere. I had Wienerschnitzel, delicious. The steak was so good that all 9 of my friends ordered it both nights we went there. They'll throw in lots of veggies or salad or whatever else you fancy.

  • Fine dining on top of the mountains

    With the help of excellent gastronomer Franz Riegler, some years ago, the Bergbahn has transformed the mountain restaurant into a top restaurant with excellent food.They have added a dining room, called "gondola", which offers dining with view to the city of Kitzbuehel. Thrilling views - see picture. The restaurant is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:45...

  • Tasty Bakery

    Near the catholic church and just off the main shopping street is the Herzinger Bakery. I stopped in to look at the tasty treats in the windowI was tempted by a lot of the items for sale and I ended up buying a cinnamon roll which was really tasty.

  • Food at the Top

    On the Hahnenkamm mountain, there is the Hahnenkamm Stueberl, a local restaurant on the mountain. I ate lunch there after wandering around in the snow and the -5 to -8 below Cel. temperatures and a strong wind and occasional blowing snow.I had a wiener schnitzel with pommes frites and hot cocoa for 12.80 Euros. As I was waiting for my order, I...

  • Huge variety and good service

    This is a pub and a large restaurant with a huge variety of food. It's resonably priced and the staff are helpful. Good for both a large group or just a couple. I recommend the deep fried cheese starter, pizza, ham and melon etc etc.


Kitzbühel Nightlife

  • Good for a starting few.

    Jimmy's is a lively bar with crowds as big as anywhere, but it doesn't have an awful lot of atmosphere. Good place to have a few at the start of the night, then head on. Dress code is whatever you want to wear, as with most places in Kitzbuhel.

  • Overpriced and snobby.

    Overpriced and pretentious. Entry is 15-euro and drinks are way over-priced. A double vodka and sprite was 17.50-euro. The staff and customers were snobby. I guess it's maybe a locals club and they don't like tourists being there.Maybe it's better on a speciality night but on Sat night the music is nothing special, only as good as any other very...

  • Great things come in small packages.

    A tiny little bar in the centre, that fills up fairly quickly and has a great atmosphere.Plus the owners tend to close whenever the punters decide to go home. Dress code is whatever you want to wear.


Kitzbühel Transportation

  • be prepared to walk...

    In summer the Bochumerhütte is reached from a car park which is 30 minutes walk away. It’s steep, and not easy carrying a full rucksack with everything you’ll need for a couple of days (including food for lunch when on hikes), especially when it’s 25°. That car park is not accessible in winter, and then it’s a 2 hour walk from the lower car...

  • By bus from Lienz, Osttirol

    There are 5 bues per day from Lienz train station to Kitzbühel train station, about 1.50 hours. Change bus in Mittersill if you want to go to Krimml Waterfalls.

  • From Salzburg to Kitzbüel

    The fastest connection, about 2.10 hours, is with Railjet to Wörgl where you have to change train, there are also direct trains via Zell am See taking 15 minutes longer, both are frequent and € 25,60 for a seconde class ticket. You can go also by bus via Bad Reichenhall and Lofer where you have to change , 4 buses per day about 2.20 hours.


Kitzbühel Local Customs

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    by PetraG Written Feb 18, 2004

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    Every year another animal / figure is chosen to decorate the city centre. Every local artist is asked to make one figure in any style he likes. In 2004 it was the year of the bear. Here you can see a nice one.

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Kitzbühel Off The Beaten Path

  • Stop and enjoy the trees

    People tend to go straight to the top of the mountains without stopping to admire the trees below the tree line. You can't appreciate their size until you are standing under them.

  • Schwarzsee Reflection

    The view I really wanted of the Schwarzsee is this (taken from the net)...a beautiful clear reflection, ah sigh, have to come back here some time.

  • Aurach Wildpak

    Aurach is situated in the south of Kitzbühel (4 km) right in the middle of the Kitzbüheler Alps. Here there is Aurach Wildpark with a small alpine zoo. Its a pleasant half day to hike up here from kitzbuhel and to visit the animals here.


Kitzbühel Sports & Outdoors

  • Tristkogel

    The purpose of our trip was to go hiking in the Alps. The plan was 2 day trips. First day we set off from our hütte after breakfast and headed uphill towards Tristkogel - a 2095m peak. We had lunch by a little lake at 2,000m. Then the 2 adults left the 2 teenagers at “summit camp” to tackle the final assault.It’s a tricky ascent in a couple of...

  • ski is the best

    very good area to ski ...i love it and the facilities r only 5 min walk from every hotel i love it bring ur ski and ur boots cause u got a lot to do

  • Worldcup race

    Once a year in late january the famous downhill-ski-worldcup races are held here in Kitzbühel. It's great to watch it life, but you have to come early in the morning to get a good place. Every year about 7000 people come here to watch the races. You should book a room early or you wont get one!!! If you like skiing yourself, the Kitzbühel...


Kitzbühel Favorites

  • Apres Ski at Pavillion

    You shan't miss ABSOLUTELY the apres ski at Pavillion, just in front of Hahnenkamm Gondola!It's amasing! People start to go there having fun, beers, Red Bull & Jägermeister in an friendly and busty Tyrolean - British style, every time crowded till 7 pm, then everyone goes to the Londoner, just outside the ancient city walls. Also here you'll find a...

  • Wild Kaiser Mountains

    Don't think you won't get great views when travelling on public transport in Austria. I took this photo from the train.

  • Snow

    Kitzbuhel is not a high altitude ski resort which can be an issue . You end up , most of the time , just skiing the upper third of the mountains.The mountain side restaurants are superb . There is nothing better that Austrian sausages and Austrian beer .


Top 5 Skiiing Destinations: Kitzbuhel

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Conveniently located about 2 hours from Munich, Kitzbühel is an excellent destination for those who are looking for an active stop while exploring Austria. Besides downhill skiing, Kitzbühel also offers over 120 km (75 miles) of cross country ski trails and 170 km (106 miles) of winter hiking trails. Between November 30 and December 26, visitors can enjoy the Kitzbühler Christmas Market, complete with gingerbread, glühwein (a German spiced mulled wine), handicrafts, and even a petting zoo for children. In late January, the area hosts Hahnenkamm Race week, one of Austria's premier downhill slalom events where travelers can watch competitors fly by at an average of 103km per hour (64 mph). Kitzbühel is also quite close to Innsbruck (95km /59miles) and Salzburg (80km/50 miles), meaning visitors can easily explore these other Austrian towns. Innsbruck is a charming alpine town with a city center that is over 800 years old, while Salzburg is the birthplace of two musical legacies: Mozart and The Sound of Music. Both of these cities also host notable Christmas markets during the Advent season. For those who love dance music, nearby Saalbach will host the 4-day "Rave on Snow," an electronic music festival, in mid-December.

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