[Translate to EN:]

15.11.2023 | Blog

8 Things To Do in Winter in Kitzbühel

If there's one thing you can't miss this winter, it's a winter break in Kitzbühel. We dream of starry winter nights in the mountains, untracked powder snow slopes and fluffy-sweet Kaiserschmarrn in the ski huts. The time will soon be here: the pistes in Kitzbühel are groomed, the cross-country ski trails are prepared and the huts are heated up. Here is our to-do list of 8 things to do in Kitzbühel in winter.

#1 On the slopes, get set, go! Feel the freedom of skiing and enjoy the airstream

The Hahnenkamm is ideal for winter fun and photo moments. Situated at an altitude of 1700 meters, it offers a magnificent view over Kitzbühel as well as the surrounding vacation resorts of Jochberg, Aurach and Reith and the impressive mountain landscape. The Streif on the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel is one of the most legendary and challenging ski runs in the world, particularly famous as part of the Hahnenkamm races. The run, marked as piste number 21, stretches over 3.3 kilometers through the Kitzbühel Alps and offers a gradient of up to 85 percent. For those who are not confident enough to tackle the original route, the Streif family run offers an alternative to avoid the most difficult sections.

#2 Discover the other side of Kitzbühel - away from the ski slopes

From December, Kitzbühel Tourismus will once again be offering guided winter and snowshoe hikes. As far as snow conditions allow, you can head up the mountain on snowshoes. Highlight: star hikes. Kitzbühel offers the perfect conditions forcross-country skiingat the highest level. Experience snow-covered meadows and fields in the valley as well as in the Tyrolean mountains. Tip: The sports trail at the Kitzbühel Schwarzsee-Reith golf course is floodlit daily until 9 pm. The Kitzbühel Sports Park offers a wide range of winter sports options. In addition to ice skating, visitors can also try out curling and curling or experience live ice hockey - a real highlight for sports enthusiasts. When was the last time you went tobogganing? This winter fun, suitable for young and old, offers almost as many thrills as skiing and is at least as entertaining. Our tip: the toboggan run on the Gaisberg.

#3 Experience fantastic sun terraces: Enjoy culinary highlights on the mountain

Kitzbühel has numerous terraces where you can soak up the sun after a day's skiing in the mountains. These sunny retreats not only offer stunning views of the surrounding mountain scenery, but also the opportunity to spend relaxing time with friends and enjoy delicious Tyrolean cuisine. One of the most popular sun terraces in Kitzbühel is the Panorama Alm. Here, after a day of skiing, you can relax on cosy deckchairs and let the view over the Kitzbüheler Horn take your breath away. The Panorama Alm also offers a wide selection of traditional Tyrolean dishes such as Kaspressknödel and Kaiserschmarrn. Another recommended sun terrace is the Melkalm terrace. From here you have a stunning view of the entire Kitzbühel ski area. Soak up the warm afternoon sun with a refreshing drink or try local specialities such as Tyrolean Gröstl or Zillertaler Krapfen. The Sonnbühel also has a wonderful sun terrace to tempt you. Here you can relax after an active day in the mountains and enjoy the views over the picturesque valley and the Steinbergkogel. The restaurant offers an exquisite selection of regional dishes such as Tyrolean bacon dumplings or onion roast. Whichever terrace you choose, in Kitzbühel you can soak up the sun, relax after a day's skiing and enjoy Tyrolean hospitality to the full.

#4 Get an adrenalin kick on the Kitzbüheler Horn

There are several ways to reach the Kitzbüheler Horn from Kitzbühel: start your tour at the valley station in Kitzbühel, where you board the Hornbahn I cable car. This will take you to the middle station. Here you have two options: You can either continue with the Hornbahn II, which takes you to the mountain station at 1,664 meters above sea level, or you can opt for the Horngipfelbahn, which takes you up to 1,966 meters above sea level. On a clear day, you can see up to 70 peaks of the three-thousand-metre mountain range. Early risers have the privilege of gliding down the fresh, untouched black and red pistes from the Hornköpfl and viewing Kitzbühel from above in quiet solitude, enveloped in the glitter of sparkling snow crystals. TIP: Reach the Alpenhaus comfortably with the Hornbahn 1 and then with the Horngipfelbahn to enjoy traditional and home-style dishes of German and Austrian cuisine at 1,996 meters above sea level - an excellent opportunity to treat yourself to a refreshing break during your exploration tour.

#5 Enjoy Alpine wellness

Lean back and treat yourself to a day of time out and relaxation. Experience the tranquil beauty of the mountains and forests - immerse yourself in unique winter experiences in the invigorating atmosphere of the Kitzbühel Alps. The love of nature is clearly noticeable in every spa in the region: from the unique tree saunas and panorama pools to the relaxing quiet zones and innovative natural cuisine. Treat yourself to some time out with a wellness vacation in Kitzbühel or a day visit to one of the exclusive wellness hotels in Kitzbühel. Our tips: the DAY-SPAs at the Hotel Kempinski das Tirol, the A-Rosa Hotel Kitzbühel or the Lebenberg Schlosshotel-Kitzbühel.

#6 End the day in style

Discover the most legendary après-ski bars in the Alps and celebrate in an exuberant atmosphere in Kitzbühel's famous party hotspots. Surrounded by Tyrol's breathtaking mountain scenery, these locations offer the perfect place to spend time with friends. From the unbeatable classic Hochkitzbühel at Tomschy to the romantic Sonnbühel and modern Take FIve Club as well as numerous hotel bars such as the Reisch Bar in the town, there is something for everyone. With cozy seating and a relaxed atmosphere, these locations invite you to round off the day and fully experience the alpine flair. Long-standing institutions such as the Fünferl or the Londoner are another highlight.

#7 Discover the variety of events in Kitzbühel

Numerous events await you in Kitzbühel throughout the year. From November 22nd to December 26th, the Kitzbühel Advent in the Hinterstadt and in the town park provides a contemplative setting for the quiet season. Regional delicacies and traditional handicrafts can be found at numerous lovingly decorated stalls. You will also find a fascinating program around New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. On December 30, 2023, you can admire the shimmering light installations in the historic city center from dusk until 10:00 pm. Highlights such as the Hahnenkamm Races and Snow Polo, as well as many other winter highlights in the picturesque surroundings of the Kitzbühel Alps, are an absolute must for all those who want to experience first-class events in an unforgettable ambience.

#8 Out into nature - discover the local animals

The Aurach Wildlife Park provides a magical winter wonderland feeling: here you can see deer, stags, reindeer, adorable baby fawns and many other animals up close in Tyrol's largest outdoor enclosure with panoramic views of the Kitzbühel Alps. After a tour, you can treat yourself to regional products in the cozy Branderhofstube restaurant and enjoy the view of the mountains. The main attraction of the wildlife park is the daily game feeding at 2.30 pm at the feeding area. Insider tip: The contemplative Advent afternoon in Aurach Wildlife Park on Sunday, December 10, 2023. Tip: Enjoy Kitzbühel and the surrounding area in a horse-drawn carriage including a guided tour of the town.

Up to date