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Winter holidays in Kitzbühel
The most legendary sports town in the Alps
There’s always time for sport in the Alps’ most legendary sports town. Kitzbühel offers a unique blend of sport, tradition and lifestyle, resulting in the unmistakable Kitzbühel zest for life.
From mid-October to the start of May, there are fabulous conditions for skiing enthusiasts. Visitors can also get to know the slower side of this winter paradise away from the ski slopes. Winter hikes, snowshoe treks, cross-country skiing, or a cosy horse-drawn sleigh ride are perfect ways to discover the romance of the panoramic mountains.
Without doubt, a holiday in Kitzbühel is a pleasure to treasure, with urban flair meeting typical Tirolean hospitality. You will find exclusive shopping side by side with local crafts in the Gamsstadt. More than 60 mountain restaurants entice you to take a refreshment break whilst skiing or hiking. For your evening meal, choose a traditional inn or a superb, award-winning restaurant.
Perfect skiing fun, fantastic slopes
The skiing season in Kitzbühel is a long one, with more than 200 days of skiing to enjoy. Keen skiers will find perfect conditions in Kitzbühel from mid-October to the start of May. Once again this year, Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel will start to operate for the new winter season on 19 October, the first non-glacier ski resort in Austria to do so. Kitzbühel also offers a variety of terrain away from the famous Streif downhill race course.
Everyone from beginners to advanced skiers can enjoy the 234 kilometres of slopes at their fingertips.
Beginners have the chance to improve their technique on 106 kilometres of easy ski runs, whilst more ambitious skiers enjoy the 79 kilometres of moderately difficult and hard slopes. You are guaranteed to have a great time on a total of 92 marked and groomed ski runs, covering an area of 567 hectares.
It’s not just the statistics that are impressive. As you look out from the chairlift to the Südberge mountains and across to the Hohe Tauern mountain range, you realise why people come to Kitzbühel to ski. It’s hardly surprising that the ski report has been crowned Austria’s Best Ski Resort for the fifth time.
Winter offers - turn your holiday into a dream holiday
The hotels in the sports town of Kitzbühel provide international-standard facilities and a choice unique in Tirol.
Away from the pistes: our winter classics
Kitzbühel is not regarded as the most legendary sports town in the Alps without good reason: cross-country skiing, winter hikes, snowshoe trekking, tobogganing, ice skating, alpine curling and the latest trends in sports.
Nestling between the Kitzbüheler Horn mountain and Hahnenkamm, Kitzbühel’s grass-covered mountains are perfect for hikes in winter too. Kitzbühel Tourismus offers guided winter and snowshoe hikes to the loveliest spots in the Alps. For cross-country skiers there are of 62 kilometres of varied trails are available free of charge for both skating and classic cross-country skiing. The town’s trails are tailor-made for enthusiasts: easy to ski and lacking extreme inclines. The Sportloipe trail is lit until 11 p.m. at night.
Kitzbühel also offers horse-drawn sleigh rides around Schwarzsee lake, or alpine curling at various centres. As far as ice is concerned, in addition to classic ice skating, Kitzbühel’s sports park also offers Austria’s only indoor curling hall, where visitors can try out their skills at “chess on ice”.
In addition to hosting a remarkable range of winter sports, Kitzbühel also boasts a series of top-class events. Experience the idyllic Kitzbühel Advent from 28 November to 26 December, the traditional Christmas Market in the historic town centre. The New Year is welcomed in in traditional style with the stunning New Year fireworks at the Rasmusleiten on 1 January. This is soon followed by the Hahnenkamm Race, which will see Kitzbühel once again become the centre of the world of winter sports from 25 to 27 January 2019. One week prior to the legendary Hahnenkamm races, the “Gamsstadt” will be hosting the Snow Polo World Cup from 17 to 20 January. www.kitzbuehel.com/en/events-lifestyle
The pinnacle of culinary delights
The wide range of inns and restaurants in the streets of Kitzbühel’s 700-year-old town centre also offer the ultimate in culinary pleasure. The culinary offerings range from plain traditional fare to international haute cuisine. Kitzbühel and its holiday villages rack up a total of 16 Gault&Millau toque awards, spread across 13 restaurants, yet the Gamsstadt still maintains its authenticity and sense of tradition at all times where cuisine is concerned.