Reasons to take a holiday in the most legendary sports city in the Alps
Kitzbühel is known around the world as a year-round destination with tradition and charm. The historic town quite simply has what other places don't. Embedded against the dreamlike backdrop of the typical local grassy mountains, which transmit their special charm in every season, Kitzbühel amazes with its cityscape and its historic past.
In addition to the special flair, which has both a calm and noble side but also offers traditional comfort and warmth, there is a special Tyrolean feature. The people of Kitzbühel are very attached to their homeland and appreciate its traditions - they love their hometown. They not only greet their guests like friends, you almost feel like a family member. You feel welcomed with open arms, regardless of whether you are looking for entertainment like the legendary Hahnenkamm race, peace and quiet while hiking or culinary delights in countless huts and restaurants.
Did you know that…
... Kitzbühel is an experience 365 days a year?
… Kitzbühel is only 95 km from Innsbruck, 80 km from Salzburg and 120 km from Munich?
… Kitzbühel has three train stations?
... Kitzbühel has over 8,500 inhabitants and is 800 meters above sea level?
... we were the first Tyrolean region to be awarded the European hiking seal of approval?
... you can enjoy 200 days of skiing in Kitzbühel from October to May?
... the Kitzbühel ski area is regularly honoured with international accolades and awards?
... the world-famous Streif run is from here?
... in 2019 Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel opened the Fleckalmbahn, Austria's most modern and fastest cable car?
... the valley station of the Hahnenkammbahn cable car is in the town?
... the Schwarzsee moor lake is the warmest lake in Tyrol?
City of Kitzbühel
In the Kitzbühel Alps, conveniently located close enough to Innsbruck (95 km), Salzburg (80 km) and Munich (120 km) for excursions to these to be possible.
800 to 2,000 metres above sea level
In 1165, the name Chizbuhel appears for the first time in a Chiemsee document, which the words chizzo and buhel forged together to describe its geographical location.
The heyday of mining in Kitzbühel began around 1450, but silver was not found in Kitzbühel until the 16th century. The cityscape is a consequence of the resultant wealth. Around 1850, summer tourism came to Kitzbühel and in 1875, with the construction of the railway, the rise to an international tourist destination began. In 1893 Franz Reisch was the first person to ski down the Kitzbüheler Horn and documents state that the first ski races were held in Kitzbühel in 1894/95.
Different coloured facades of gable-topped houses catch the eye in the historical city centre over 750 years old. This is a result of a suggestion from the famous Kitzbühel artist and painter Alfons Walde in the early 19th century. His work can be admired in the Kitzbühel Museum, while his architectural heritage can be marvelled at in the former mining town, over which the beautiful parish church of St. Andreas towers. The church hill with the two distinctive towers is a landmark of the district capital, affectionately known as the Chamois Town.
as the legend goes that the first Bavarian settlers once saw chamois - Kitz - grazing on one of the local grass hills - with BÜHEL meaning hill in German. However, documents show the town’s name actually comes from a nobleman with the name Chizzo. Kitzbühel therefore means Chizzo’s Hill
- Greenwich / Connecticut / USA – since 1961
- Yamagata / Japan – since 1963
- Sun Valley / Idaho / USA – since 1967
- Sterzing / Italy – since 1971
- Rueil Malmaison / France – since 1979
- Bad Soden am Taunus / Germany – since 1984
Kitzbühel ist immer in Saison
Kitzbühel is always in season
Summer, mountains, Kitzbühel lifestyle
Kitzbühel, nestled between the Hahnenkamm and the Kitzbüheler Horn, has always attracted guests from near and far to enjoy the relaxing summer freshness in the heart of the Alps. In a fast-moving age, the values of the town are increasingly coming to the fore. Kitzbühel is able to impress with its combination of nature, tradition, enjoyment and well-being. This special atmosphere has shaped Kitzbühel's reputation as a friendly and hospitable year-round destination. Kitzbühel unmistakably combines urban flair with typical Tyrolean hospitality, offers culinary diversity, exclusive shopping opportunities and numerous recreational and leisure activities to suit every taste.
Tradition meets alpine lifestyle
The most legendary sports town in the Alps has been writing skiing history for over 125 years – the town is known for being easy to reach and for enjoying long winters with guaranteed snow and numerous top events. Take in the view of the imposing mountain scenery and breathe in the fresh air on the snow-covered paths in the unspoilt nature of Kitzbühel - a holiday here is a real experience. The diverse combination of a unique ambience, typical Tyrolean hospitality and a varied offering guarantees pure joie de vivre. The easy-to-reach location, a high density of 5-star and 4-star hotels, as well as the numerous family businesses and traditional guest houses are guarantees for an enjoyable stay.