Arguably one of Austria’s largest and most popular winter sports resorts, Kitzbühel is nestled in the valley at the foot of the Kitzbüheler Horn. Kitz has become a fashionable resort that caters to international clientele that flock here for exquisite skiing opportunity and winter sport events. It’s not just about winter sports though, Kitz has a lot of great hiking and golfing opportunities on offer too.
Top Attractions in Kitzbühel
Northeast of Kitz you’ll find the popular peak soaring in at 1,998 meters high, Kitzbüheler Horn. At the summit there’s a house called Gipfelhaus, a chapel and a restaurant that can be reached by cable car with the 1,237 meter Pletzeralm, or alternatively hike up the peak for a good 4 hours. Once there the views are just incomparable; you’ll see Radstädter Tauern and the Ötztal Alps to the south, the Kaisergebirge to the north, the Lechtal Alps to the west and the Hochkönig to the east.
The Old Town of Kitzbühel houses a fascinating museum in the old granary and is well worth visiting for a historical lesson. The museum’s art collection comprises of more than 60 paintings and 100 drawings by artists like Alfons Walde. There are also numerous sports-related artifacts on display that include ancient bobsleds, skis and star athletes from the area.
The Alpine Flower Garden
The captivating Alpine Flower Garden lies on Kitzbüheler Horn at an altitude of 1,880 meters and is said to be the most beautiful mountain garden in Europe. The garden covers more than 20,000 square meters of mountainside that is home to more than 300 plant species from all over the world.
Rising high above Kitzbühel, the 1,655 meter tall Hahnenkamm peak is home to some of Austria’s cleanest mountain air, the most beautiful walking terrain and superlative skiing terrain. You can get t the summit via chairlifts of cable cars to see some of the best views, certainly better than any other destination in Europe offers. Breathtaking views include sights of the 1,206 meter Seidle-Alm, the 1805 meter high Ehrenbachhöhe, the 1,906 meter high Steinbergkogel and the 1,940 meter high Pengellstein. The 3.5km Hahnenkamm Ski Run is one of the most famous in the world for wintertime, and in the summer months it becomes a fantastic destination for walkers, hikers and mountain bikers alike.
The picturesque lake of Schwarzee can be found just 3km outside of town. It’s a great spot for summer time swimming, sunbathing, fishing and boating. The lake is well known for having the warmest waters in the Alps, so it makes for a great spot to stop for a good old picnic.
Located roughly 22km outside of Kitzbühel you’ll find the quaint little town of Fierberbrunn, nestled in the valley of the Pillersee-Ache. The town is best known for its spa and winter sport facilities. The most popular ski slope here has to be the 1,660m Lärchfilzkogel, but you might also want to check out Lärchfilz-Hochalm.