Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel is one of the most famous Austrian winter holiday resorts.

Altitude: 800 m asl

Featuring about 8,000 inhabitants and an area of about 58 sqkm, Kitzbühel combines all advantages of a small town, characterised by its idyllic position in the heart of the Kitzbühel Alps. “Chizbuhel” has been mentioned for the first time in the 12th century and its name derives from “Chizzo”, a Bavarian clan, and “Buhel”, which indicates the position of the locality on a hill. However, a lively past and a 700-year history characterises the small town and its surroundings.

In summer the Alpine Flower Garden Kitzbüheler Horn is one of the most popular destinations. It offers 300 species of alpine flowers on an area of 20,000 sqm, and a visit can perfectly be combined with a drive on the Kitzbüheler Horn panoramic road. Furthermore, Kitzbühel has got some 500 km of hiking trails to offer. But the leisure time offers also include four golf courses, several bathing lakes, the only curling hall of Austria and some 750 km of cycling and mountain bike trails. Those who prefer less active holidays might enjoy a shopping tour or a Cappuccino in the centre of town.

The Hahnenkamm mountain might be a household name for you, because this is where every year an important alpine skiing competition is staged: the Hahnenkamm race. However, not only the legendary “Streif” slope attracts ski fans, as the Kitzbühel - Kirchberg skiing area includes a total of 215 km of ski slopes that can be discovered day by day. Moreover there are numerous cross-country ski tracks and winter hiking paths. Also a couple of famous people come from Kitzbühel, as for example the former ski racer and singer Hansi Hinterseer or Klaus Sulzenbacher, a former athlete of Nordic combined.

Our recommendation: a ride with the lift facility that connects the skiing areas Hahnenkamm-Pengelstein and Jochberg-Resterhöhe. This lift facility is known under the name “3S-Bahn” and it is the funicular with the highest ground clearance (400 metres) worldwide. Really exciting!

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