Kitzbühel is one of Austria’s top resorts
with a long history of winter sports and with superb scenery it makes a popular holiday destination
for skiers and non-skiers alike. Kitzbühel is home to the exciting Hahnenkamm downhill ski race.
The resort is lively and stylish
with an historic town centre. You will want to explore the town which has picturesque gabled houses; the centre is dominated by the tall steeples of two churches, the 15th century Pfarrkirche St. Andréa and the church Liebfrauenkirche. A visit to the Museum Kitzbühel is worth doing it has displays showing the history of the town from Bronze Age to present day.
Beginners can enjoy the wide open nursery slopes at the bottom of the Hahnenkamm and the Kitzbüheler Horn, learn and improve at the ski school which has English speaking instructors.
Intermediates will find a wealth of blue and red runs with some exciting, demanding descents, and varied terrain in the Pass Thurn area.
For advanced skiers there is excellent, diverse, off piste skiing and the challenging ‘Streif’ with its vertical ‘Mausefalle’.
Snowboarding is popular here and with varied terrain, and a fun park, it is one of the Tyrol’s most attractive snowboarding areas suitable for free stylers and free riders.
The ski area has about 160km of piste, 13 black runs, 25 red runs and 21 blue. There are approximately 200 snow canons and 53 lifts; the highest lift is 1,995m. The longest run is 6.8kms and there are around 40kms of cross country trails. A photograph is not required for a lift pass.
The resort has a good selection of shops and boutiques which may be of interest. There are numerous cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.
Nightlife is lively with a wide range of bars, pubs and upmarket clubs for your enjoyment, there is also a casino. Many of the discos are in the Hinterstadt area.
The resort has various activities and attractions on offer other than those snow related; these include the Aquarena centre with swimming, fun pool, sauna etc. You can play indoor tennis and squash, enjoy snow walking on the cleared pathways, skating or a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
There are excursions to Salzburg and Innsbrook from the resort; you can get details from the tourist office, they may be able to help with accommodation also. You need to book in advance of your holiday especially in the high season.
Kitzbühel is suitable for families; the ski-school has a ski kindergarten for 3-5 years and tuition from 4-12 years.
Kitzbühel is a fashionable resort with something to suit most everyone.