The most legendary sport town of the Alps

Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel – from skiing and hiking to culture and tradition.

If you’re looking for a great place to visit, the “Gamsstadt”, which was given the official status of a town in as early as 1271, is sure to tick all the boxes and more, 365 days a year! Located at an altitude of 800 metres above sea level and in a unique landscape that exudes its own special charm throughout all four seasons, Kitzbühel is also sure to impress with its stunning townscape. Come and explore the streets of this former mining town and discover the architectural legacy of the local artist Alfons Walde. The people of Kitzbühel have strong ties to their home town, are proud of its traditions and love their town centre, which they fondly refer to as the “Stadl”. As you can tell, Kitzbühel is well worth a visit at any time of year! Be it at international events like the Hahnenkamm ski race or enjoying the peace and quiet of a good hiking trip and regardless of whether you choose to stay in a 5-star hotel or a family-run guesthouse, in Kitzbühel, you will find hospitality at its very best.

 

… Kitzbühel is only 95km from Innsbruck, 80km from Salzburg and 120km from Munich.

… Kitzbühel has 3 train stations.

… Kitzbühel has over 8,500 inhabitants and is located at an altitude of 800 metres above sea level.

… Kitzbühel is a great experience 365 days a year.

… Kitzbühel is the only (non-glacier) ski resort that is open from October to May.

Location

Situated in the Kitzbühel Alps and conveniently located for days trips to Innsbruck (95 km), Salzburg (80 km) and Munich (120 km).

Population

Population: 8,439

Altitude

800 to 2,000 m above sea level

The name “Chizbuhel” appeared for the first time in an official Chiemsee document in 1165. The name itself described the town’s geographical location and was a fusion of the proper nouns “chizzo” and “buhel.”

The heyday of mining in Kitzbühel began around 1450, though silver wasn’t discovered in Kitzbühel until the 16th century. The buildings’ characteristic appearance is a result of affluence. Tourists hoping to escape the summer heat first began arriving in Kitzbühel around the year 1850. Then, with the construction of the railway in 1875, the town ascended to the status of a tourist mecca. In 1893, Franz Reisch became the first person to ski the Kitzbüheler Horn. According to documents, the first ski races were held in Kitzbühel in 1894/95.

The eye-catching, multi-coloured façades of gabled houses in the over 750 year old historical town centre were proposed by famous Kitzbühel artist and painter Alfons Walde in the early 19th century. His artistic works can be admired in the Kitzbühel Museum. Meanwhile, the legacy of his architectural contributions can still be admired during a stroll through the town centre of this erstwhile mining village in the shadow of the beautiful parish church of St. Andreas. The church hill with its two striking towers is considered to be one of the key landmark’s of the district capital, which is affectionately called the “Gamsstadt.”

  • 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

 

Summer, mountains & Kitzbühel lifestyle

Nestled between the Hahnenkamm and Kitzbüheler Horn mountains, Kitzbühel has a long history of welcoming guests from near and far to the heart of the Alps. With a range of activities and excursions, the town is ideal for a relaxing “summer retreat.” In these fast moving times, Kitzbühel’s mature values and sensibilities come into their own. More than just a town, Kitzbühel enchants visitors with a combination of nature, tradition, enjoyment and well-being. Its special atmosphere has shaped Kitzbühel’s reputation as a friendly yet hospitable year-round destination. Like no other Alpine destination, Kitzbühel combines unmistakable urban flair with typical Tirolean hospitality, offering culinary diversity, exclusive shopping opportunities and numerous recreational and leisure activities for every taste.

Winter in Kitzbühel – skiing tradition meets Alpine lifestyle

The most legendary sports town in the Alps boasts more than 125 years of skiing history. Easy access, long winters, guaranteed snow and a host of top-flight events allow Kitzbühel to truly stand out. Experience Kitzbühel’s 365 days of Alpine lifestyle!

Kitzbühel is one of a kind: The imposing mountain backdrop, crisp fresh air, snow-covered paths and pristine landscape provide the perfect setting. Savour the unique atmosphere, delight in the typical Tirolean hospitality and explore the wide range of attractions: Kitzbühel’s easy accessibility, high density of 4 and 5-star accommodation and many family-run accommodation options guarantee a delightful stay.

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