One of the most important centers for winter sports in all of Austria, Kitzbühel is well known for its extensive skiing and athletic facilities – including the only curling hall in the country. Attracting visitors from the world over, this small town in the Alps is jam-packed with 10,000 beds for accommodation, 56 lift and cableway facilities, 40 km of groomed ski tracks, and 168 km of mountain slopes – including the famous Streif course, often regarded as the most demanding on the World Cup circuits. There’s plenty to do off the snow as well – gorgeous mountain scenery and access to roughly 500 km of hiking trails means explorers can take in some unforgettable sights, while back in town you can kick back at the pool or with a drink at one of the local cafés.
Location: Between the West Austrian Peaks
Surrounded by the appropriately named Kitzbühel Alps, this valley town is located along the Kitzbüheler Ache River in the western Austrian state of Tyrol. Road and rail lines provide direct connections to major cities including Graz and Innsbruck (only 100 km away), as well as smaller and closer destinations like Leinz and Worgl. The closest international airport is in Munich, roughly 150 km from the town.
Culture: A Distinguished Austrian History
Though the city is best known as a resort, there are plenty of cultural places of interest in Kitzbühel off the slopes. A stop by the historic Reisch Dance Café, designed by popular architect Lois Welzenbacher, is highly recommended. The Museum Kitzbühel is well worth a visit as well, presenting a history of the town that encompasses everything from medieval mining to winter sports to the art of famed resident Alfons Walde.
Activities: The Bounty of the Alps
Visitors are drawn from afar for Kitzbühel’s spectacular skiing and hiking, and you’d be missing out not to partake in the views from the slopes. Funicular lifts are available for easy ascension, and the Alpine Flower Garden on the Kitzbühler Horn is particularly recommended. Try a visit to stunning Lake Schwarzsee, one of the warmest in all the Alps and a popular recreation area with swimming, boating, fishing, and of course, lovely spots to grab a drink against a scenic mountain backdrop.