Kitzbühel, The Hiking Paradise in the Alps

Whether you're in the mood for a leisurely stroll, a scenic hike, or a challenging mountain trek, Kitzbühel offers a way to explore its dazzling alpine world. Whether on the gentle grass-covered mountains, the iconic Kitzbüheler Horn, or the legendary Hahnenkamm, over 1,000 kilometers of hiking trails offers something for every outdoor enthusiast. If you're feeling spoiled for choice, join one of the guided hikes and let the experts do the hard work. If youre are also a "foodie", numerous mountain restaurants and alpine huts invite you to indulge in delicious regional delicacies.

"Best of Kitzbühel" Hiking

Idyllic circular hike around the Schwarzsee lake with views of the Hahnenkamm, Kitzbühel and the Kaiser mountains

Duration: 1:00 hr., Length: 4.53 km / uphill 76 m, Difficulty: leicht

Details of Tour: Schwarzsee

With the Kids: Kitz-Balance Trail

Experience the iconic Horn summit with panoramic views of the Kitzbühel Alps.

Duration: 2:00 hrs., Length: 3,2 km / uphill 376 m, Difficulty: Leicht

Details of Tour: Hornköpflsee

Take the Hahenkamm gondola (with your favourite ski racers name!) to the top and follow in the footsteps of the ski champions.

Duration: 2:50 hrs., Length: 14,6 km / downhill 957 m, Difficulty: Medium

Details of Tour Streif Live

The impressive panoramic hike along the ridgeline visiting 4 of Kitzbühel's beautiful lakes.

Duration: 4:00 Std., Length: 7,7 km / uphill 550 m, Difficuty: Medium

Details of Tour 4 Lake Tour:

Enjoy the ridgeline of the beautiful Southern Mountains and one of the best views in Kitzbühel.

Duration: 6:00 Std., Length: 16.8 km / uphill 782 m, Difficulty: Difficult

Details of Tour Gebra

6 Stages of Stunning Hiking through the Austrian Alps

 

Alpine Stage 4 - Aschau - Kitzbühel - 7:30 Hrs | 16km | 1,050 m uphill

One of the most beautiful walks in the Kitzbühel region begins in Aschau. You'll hike towards Schwarzkogel with views of the Kleine Rettenstein and the Kirchberg Valley. Once you reach the Pengelstein ridge, panoramic views open up towards Jochberg, Pass Thurn, and the stunning Hohe Tauern National Park. An easier passage takes you in the direction of Steinbergkogel as you catch your first glimpse of beautiful Kitzbühel and the Kitzbüheler Horn. Finish the last 2 hours of the hike with a descent of the world's most famous ski race course, 'The Streif'. You’ll conclude in Kitzbühel, the charming alpine town known for its picturesque postcard architecture and Tyrolean culture.

Alpine Stage 5 - Kitzbühel - St. Johann - 8:00 hrs | 21 km | 1,250 m uphill

An exciting stage takes you over the famous Kitzbüheler Horn to St. Johann in Tirol, which can be shortened with the help of several mountain lifts. With breathtaking views in every direction, you'll feel on top of the world as you experience Austria's highest alpine flower garden and several places to stop for refreshments. The path from the Horn to Harschbichl offers the best views of the Wilder Kaiser and the Loferer Steinberge range.

 

Alpine Stage 1 - Hopfgarten - Kelsau - 6:00 hrs | 20 km | 800 m uphill

Alpine Stage 2 - Kelsau - Hinterwindau - 8:00 hrs | 18 km | 1,140 m uphill

Alpine Stage 3 - Hinterwindau - Aschau - 7:30 hrs | 19 km | 1,050 m uphill

Alpine Stage 6 - St. Johann - St. Ulrich - 7:30 hrs | 20 km | 986 m uphill

 

Wandern ohne Gepäck für Naturliebhaber und Genusswanderer: auf dem KAT Walk, dem Weitwanderweg Kitzbüheler Alpen Trail. Das ultimative Naturerlebnis in Tirol ist einfach und individuell buchbar. Ihr Vorteil: das Rundum-Sorglos-Paket mit den KAT Walk Inklusivleistungen wie Übernachtung, Verpflegung, Kartenmaterial, Gepäcktransport und Rückreise mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln.

 

Summit experiences

It's with good reason Kitzbühel is renowned as the most legendary sports town in the Alps. With Europe's highest grass mountains - The Geißstein, the striking Kitzbüheler Horn, and the remote peaks of the southern mountains, hiking options are limitless. Enhance your experience by joining a complementary tour led by professional guides. Explore Kitzbühel's stunning landscapes and find your mountain soul.

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Hikes to lakes and waterfalls

Natural Refreshment: Whether it’s the Hornkopf Lake at sunrise, Giering Reservoir for a swim, the power of our Sintersbach and Schleier Waterfalls, or hidden gems such as the Blaue Lacke or Torsee, natural connections are at the heart of pure refreshment.

hikes to lakes and waterfalls

Hut hikes

Where Kitzbühel excels: Combining outdoor activities, nature, and cuisine. Our expansive hiking network provides abundant links to perfect spots for a respite. From charming rustic huts to authentic mountain inns and breathtaking alpine restaurants. Discover your favourite place to relax amidst Kitzbühel's diverse offerings.

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Sunrise hike

Every hiking holiday should include experiencing sunrise on the mountain. We promise one thing: getting up early is definitely worth it! With the swift gondola ascent to the top of the Horn, you'll be there in time for sunrise. After all, breakfast always tastes better at the summit.

Horngipfel breakfast

Long-distance hiking on the Kitzbüheler Alpen Trail

The desire for escapism drives more and more people towards nature and long-distance hiking. Enjoy rustic mountain forests, rural cultural landscapes, and panoramic summit views on the KAT Walk - the long-distance hiking trail through the Kitzbühel Alps.

The rolling mountain grasslands and landscapes radiate tranquility and a sense of safety, inviting you to unwind in Mother Nature's beauty. Conversely, the summit zones above the tree line offer boundless freedom and opportunities for exhilarating alpine adventures.

To the Kat Walk

Trail running

Mountain runners and trail runners can discover spectacular routes surrounded by unique Kitzbühel mountain panaromas. Twelve specially selected routes guide runners through the MOST BEAUTIFUL places in the region. Whether on the Hahnenkamm or colorful alpine meadows of the Kitzbüheler Horn - trail running offers a new level of freedom on the mountain!

Trailrunning

Book a mountain guide

A professional mountain guide team is available to you at any time of the year - as a private guide or for incentives and larger groups. They will be happy to show you their beautiful home - the Kitzbühel Alps, the Wilder Kaiser and the mountains of the region, which offer an excellent environment for mountain tours of all kinds: Mountaineering, hiking, (ice)climbing, high altitude tours, survival camps, expeditions, skiing & touring, snowboarding, freeriding, snowshoeing, winter hiking, high altitude tours, ski traverses, winter expeditions, leisure tours.

Search from 24 state-certified and internationally authorized mountain and ski guides (IVBV, UIAGM, IFMGA) and book your mountain experience right away.

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Travel tip for your next hiking trip

3-in-1 bundle offer: Nightjet to the mountains - sustainable choice 🌿

There's a 3-in-1 bundle offer from ÖBB. Arrive comfortably, climate-friendly and without traffic jams in the Tyrolean mountains:

  • Train tickets for both directions in the ÖBB Nightjet, including seat reservation
  • Voucher for the world package from komoot adventures worth EUR 29.99
  • Transfer to the desired accommodation in the relevant holiday destination and back

Take the opportunity to travel to Kitzbühel comfortably, avoiding traffic jams and stress. Board in the city in the evning, wake up in the Tyrolean mountains.

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Kitzbühel hiking paradise

365 days of alpine lifestyle

As a year-round destination, the holiday region presents itself 365 days a year as a true hiking paradise and enables hiking in Tyrol at any time of the year.

In summer, over 1,000 kilometers of well-maintained hiking trails, marked mountain routes and well-signposted walking paths inspire you and invite you on a journey of discovery into the breathtaking natural landscape of the Kitzbühel grass mountains. The routes are divided into different levels of difficulty and are signposted accordingly. In addition, there are barrier-free paths for disabled people and small children. There are over 60 managed alpine pastures and huts along the network of hiking trails and invite you to enjoy traditional delicacies.

A special hiking experience in Tyrol is the exploration of the typical Kitzbühel grass mountains, which are covered with colorful meadows and alpine pastures at over 2,000 meters and thus create a unique mountain landscape in front of the imposing backdrop of the rugged peaks of the Wilder Kaiser.

Whether in summer or winter, the region with its holiday villages offers hiking routes or walks along the Ache for all levels of difficulty. With the themed hiking trails, the sports city offers a wide range of options for numerous hiking enthusiasts and families. The starting point for the varied hikes are the hiking information points in Kitzbühel, Reith, Aurach and Jochberg. In addition to challenging tours in the Kitzbühel southern mountains, idyllic paths lead along natural lakes and ponds. The Schwarzsee, one of the warmest lakes in Tyrol, is also ideal for bathing and swimming.

A unique highlight of the sports city is the legendary Streif in summer and winter. In summer, hiking enthusiasts can experience the race track at the Streif viewing and the Kitz Trail STREIF live. For families, the Streif summer adventure with the varied adventure course offers fun for young and old.

Hiking in Kitzbühel

In keeping with this motto, Kitzbühel's hiking range offers a variety of routes and hikes for everyone.

Thanks to the well-marked hiking trails, you can easily explore the region on your own. The interactive tour portal maps.kitzbuehel.com makes it easy to prepare for hiking pleasure - route options, distances, degrees of difficulty and altitude profiles can be called up. However, those who prefer to hike in company are cordially invited to daily guided and free hikes by Kitzbühel Tourism to the most beautiful places in the region.

From panorama hikes with lifts, wonderful hut hikes to challenging summit tours and unique long-distance hiking trails, the region offers pure untouched nature with a stunning panorama.

For the sporty, Kitzbühel and its holiday villages present themselves as a trail running paradise. 12 selective routes lead the runners away from the hustle and bustle through the grass mountains typical of the area, always surrounded by the impressive mountain panorama.

A special hiking holiday in Tyrol in an award-winning hiking area is guaranteed in Kitzbühel. With the excellent signposting, the well-maintained network of hiking trails and the high quality of the hiking hosts, Kitzbühel was the first region to be awarded the European seal of approval for hiking. The accommodations specially designed for hiking enthusiasts and families, from farms to 5-star superior hotels, offer the Gamsstadt everything a hiker's heart could desire.

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