Kitzbühel - THE running paradise in the Alps

A total of 170 kilometers, 23 signposted running routes and 11 trail running routes that take runners from the Hahnenkamm to the Horn - these are the key data of a running and Nordic walking paradise that is second to none. Well-balanced circular routes with different lengths and degrees of difficulty invite guests and locals to explore the fantastic landscape around Kitzbühel. KitzRunning relies on Kitzbühel's unique and extraordinary landscape to maximize the running experience. We have the right route for every level of fitness.From beginners to the athletically ambitious, all those hungry for exercise will get their money's worth here. Discover the endless possibilities of running and walking in and around Kitzbühel. From hilly trail running paths and crisp mountain running routes to classic hiking and forest trails to enjoyable tours along the Kitzbüheler Ache and the banks of the natural jewel, Schwarzsee.

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Signposted running routes in the valley

So that everyone can easily find the ideal route for themselves personally, the routes are equipped with the Laufland Tirol guidance system for running, mountain running and Nordic walking routes. This guarantees you quality routes that have been selected, tested, marked and classified accordingly by experts. The specially developed 2-panel system, consisting of direction and distance panels, provides information on direction, route length and route difficulty and shows exactly the kilometer sections run. In this way, every runner or Nordic walker can, for example, immediately check their own compliance with their individual pace and pulse requirements from the medical check-ups.

Running in Kitzbühel


While running, the unique landscape in Kitzbühel can always be discovered anew. Beginners will find it easy to get started on short laps in flat terrain and experienced runners will get their money's worth on the longer, medium-difficulty and sometimes steeper routes.

Numerous routes with optimal topography lead past picturesque rivers and lakes with a breathtaking mountain backdrop. The running circuit around the Schwarzsee, one of the most beautiful moor lakes in the Alpine region, is particularly popular. Lace up your sports shoes tightly and start running!

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Whether you are a newcomer or a professional - everyone will find their perfect trail running route here. Framed by the idyllic nature of the Kitzbühel Alps and the view of the peaks and mountain ranges of the Wilder Kaiser, the trail running routes are a very special experience. From the athletically demanding summit tour to technically and conditionally easier forest trails, everyone will find what they are looking for. 12 selective routes take runners to the most beautiful places in the region.

Whether on the Hahnenkamm or on the colorful alpine meadows of the Kitzbüheler Horn - trail running is the new freedom on the mountain

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Nordic Walking

Those who prefer it a bit calmer and easier on the joints should try Nordic walking. Nordic walking is gentler than running due to the use of special poles, but more intense than hiking because the whole upper body is exercised as well. The movement in the untouched nature gives new strength and fills up the energy reserves - the scenic diversity of the Kitzbühel region is made for this sport. Recharge your batteries in the Tyrolean mountains and combine exercise and vacation in the best possible way. Spend an unforgettable time out in nature.

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Our top 5 running routes in Kitzbühel


Popular circular route around one of the most beautiful moor lakes in the Alpine region

The Schwarzsee loop starts and ends at the Schwarzsee parking lot over a course length of about two and a half kilometers and 17 meters of elevation gain. The easy running circuit leads along the Kitzbühel Forest Mile, which invites you to train with varied exercises. The surface changes from forest and meadow paths to asphalt and wooden paths.

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Long round with condition and surefootedness

The very varied circular route starts from Schwarzsee in a northerly direction over a total distance of eleven and a half kilometers with 245 meters of elevation gain. The difficult trail first leads through the hilly landscape of Bichlach, where several hills have to be overcome in varying steepness. Athletes move on forest and meadow paths, narrow climbs and asphalt.

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Central connection and individual route

From the Pfarrau parking lot, the city loop with a distance of just over four kilometers and 28 meters of elevation gain leads clockwise around the entire Kitzbühel city center. You reach the two other KitzRunning starting points Achenpromenade | Sportpark as well as Hahnenkammbahn valley station and thus have the option to continue walking on one of the routes starting there. Ideal for all those who want to quickly turn a short round.

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Tough mountain run for top fit athletes

You can't leave Kitzbühel without having skied the Streif. The Streif Vertical is simply a must. And the course, with a length of five kilometers and 876 meters of altitude, is both demanding and beautiful. But you have to bring a good bit of stamina with you: Along the classic Streif downhill run, you pass the universally known Hausbergkante and Lärchenschuss sections over the steep slope up to the Mausefalle and finally to the finish point at the Hahnenkamm mountain station.

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Breathtaking panoramic view with architectural highlights

From the top station of the Hahnenkamm lift, the wonderful high-altitude circular route with a length of three and a half kilometers leads past the start house of the Hahnenkamm downhill run on the northwestern edge of the Hahnenkamm over to the Ehrenbachhöhe. Between 1,600 and 1,800 meters in altitude, you pass the pretty Bernhard Chapel on wide gravel paths, as well as the idyllically situated reservoir and architectural highlights by Alfons Walde after a short steep section.

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[Translate to EN:] Paar beim Laufen in den Kitzbüheler Bergen

Five days full of running motivation!

Running journey with Andreas Kuhlen

Let yourself be enchanted by the mountain landscape and inspired by our training concept!

You can expect a sporty, varied and eventful program with exciting lectures. All this takes place at the Biohotel Bruggerhof in beautiful Kitzbühel - directly at the Schwarzsee. Don't miss this time out from everyday life and register quickly!

1.490€ per person in a double room for single use.


  • Accommodation for 5 nights incl. half board in the Biohotel Bruggerhof with rich BIO breakfast buffet and four-course menu in the evening - exclusively with organic products and regional delicacies
  • use of the wellness oasis and free access to the Schwarzsee as well as use of the leisure park with mini golf, pit-pat and tennis court
  • complete training support as shown below
  • series of lectures: training theory & training planning, running motivation & movement in everyday life, nutrition & regeneration
  • Starter set from UltraSport and functional running shirt from ASICS

Running events in Kitzbühel

World Extreme Run Challenge

13 & 14 October 2023

Wings For Life Worldrun

7 May 2023

Tristkogel Challenge

June 2023

Kitzbühel Triathlon

16 - 18 June 2023

45th Int. Kitzbüheler Horn Mountain Road Run

03 September 2023

Streif Vertical Up

25 February 2023

Lisa Hauser On Tour - Discover Kitzbühel in running shoes

Together with the Tyrolean celebrity Lisa Hauser, you will be shown one of the most beautiful running tours around Kitzbühel. Perhaps Lisa will also convince you to discover the beautiful Alpine landscape in running shoes.

Trail running routes

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Gamstrail Kitzbühel

2023 will once again see the start of the fourth Gamstrail Kitzbühel. At the foot of the Kitzbüheler Horn, amateur athletes, runners, trail runners and hikers will meet to tackle one of five distances. The top-class trail running event leads over flowy trails and scenic hiking paths. From Kitzbüheler Horn, on to Bichlalm and on to Auracher Hochwildalm. The offered route profile ranges from a leisurely 5 kilometers to a challenging 46 kilometers for trail running specialists.

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On the run exploring Kitzbühel

If you want to discover Kitzbühel and its vacation villages, you have many options. Running is one of them. But you don't have to achieve top athletic performance, because the KitzRunning network covers all requirements: from easy to extremely challenging, from asphalt to gravel paths to mountain trails. How intensively you want to experience nature is entirely up to you. 

Running through Kitzbühel
If you want to take in the enchanting landscape of our region on the spur of the moment, simply slip on your running shoes and start right outside your front door. Because one of the 23 signposted running routes in and around Kitzbühel is always close by - whether it's a short city circuit, a hilly Steuerberg run or a sweaty route over the Streif. 
For those who like to know what to expect, there is the Laufland Tirol guidance system for the total of 170 KitzRunning kilometers. This not only ensures excellent routes that have been selected, tested and classified by experts, but also offers safety. By means of two boards each, the direction, difficulty, distance and kilometers run are regularly displayed on the runs. So the running map can stay at home and the pulse as well as the speed can be adjusted in the best possible way. 

Mountain running for beginners and professionals
The best way to experience nature in all its immediacy is trail running. On eleven marked routes through forests and across alpine meadows, imposing views of the peaks are a constant companion. If you don't want to just leave it at the view of the highest peaks of the Kitzbühel Alps, you will find challenging summit tours on the Hahnenkamm, the Kitzbüheler Horn and in the South Mountains in Aurach and Jochberg. Trail running beginners are in good hands on the routes in the valley. However, boredom does not arise there either, because the trails await with varied routes. Whether lakes, rivers, forests or meadows - the closeness of nature is tangible at every meter. 

Nordic walking in the Gamsstadt
It doesn't always have to be the running stride with which our running routes are covered. A large part of it can also be explored in a wonderfully relaxing way by Nordic walking. The slower pace and the use of special poles not only protect the joints, but also train the upper body. 

Competitions for the fastest
The Streif has long made a name for itself as a legendary ski race. But did you know that the race course can also be walked? The spectacular downhill course serves as the stage for no less than three running events. In the inov-8 Descent Race+ Kitzbühel, the Streif has to be mastered first downhill and then uphill, while the World Extreme Run Challenge uses the opposite route. The Vertical Up, which takes place in February, offers a real Streif feeling. The run is exclusively uphill - with spikes, crampons or touring skis. 

Those who not only have fast legs but also a good sense of direction can take part in the Tristkogel Challenge. Teams of two must first master a mountain bike course and then a mountain running course. Where? The participants only find out immediately after the start. 

One of the most famous mountain runs in Austria is the Kitzbüheler Horn Lauf. 1234 meters of altitude on a 12.9 km long course with a gradient of up to 25 percent await the athletes, the finish line is located directly under the transmission mast at 1996 meters above sea level.
By the way, all competitions are not only reserved for professionals. For safety reasons, however, all participants must be in good physical condition. 

When the shoe pinches
Hardly any piece of equipment is as essential in running as the shoe. If problems suddenly arise during your vacation, our sports stores will be there to help and advise you. And if the desire to run really takes hold of you here, you will find something for every running style and every requirement - whether jogging, Nordic walking or mountain trails. 

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