If you know anything about downhill skiing you will have heard of Kitzbühel, and know that it is home to one of the toughest downhill races on the World Cup circuit.
But don’t let this put you off! This resort town in Tyrol, Austria has much more to offer than just tough skiing;
it’s a beautiful medieval town for starters, full of the kind of architecture you’d expect to find in a European ski resort.
There are landmarks dating back to the 1300s such as St. Catherine’s Church, and if you enjoy discovering the history of a place there’s a great museum that tells the 1,000 year history of Kitzbühel.
In terms of luxury, the town has it all including five 5 star hotels and some wonderful restaurants.
It is also renowned as a great après-ski destination, and when combined with the neighbouring resorts of Kirchberg, Jochberg, and the Thurn Pass, it is one of the largest ski regions in Austria.
Places to Stay
Kitzbühel itself has over 100 properties listed on booking.com
When you add in those neighboring resorts too, there are approximately 10,000 beds in all hotels and guest houses together.
Among the luxury 5 star hotels is the Hotel Schloss Ledenberg which has a fairytale setting high above the town and offers stunning panoramic views.
The hotel includes the original castle and a newer addition, and it’s just a ten minute walk into town, or take the hotel shuttle.
Hotel A-ROSA Kitzbühel is even more fairytale-like.
It was built in the style of a Tyrolean castle and is simply beautiful set on its own 9-hole golf course, just outside town.
There are many excellent restaurants in and around the town that offer the fine dining experience, and you can sample a huge number of different cuisines from traditional Austrian to all sorts of international flavours.
While you’re probably interested in the restaurants at the luxurious end of the scale, Kitzbühel does also cater for the everyday tourist with pizzerias and fast-food establishments, good if you just want a quick bite.
For traditional Austrian, Huberbrau Stuberl comes highly recommended, and it’s often at the top rank on TripAdvisor.
The Neuwirt, which you’ll find inside the Schwarzer Adler Hotel, has won awards in food guides, while the Chizzo is set within one of the oldest buildings in the town.
Kitzbühel can be fairly easily reached by car if you’re planning to drive in to the resort.
If you’re renting a car from the airport you will probably be flying in to Salzburg, or for more international flight options Munich Airport is a little further away.
There are also three stops in Kitzbühel on the Salzburg-Tyrol Railway which is another good option if you’re flying in to Salzburg Airport.
Map; Kitzbuhel on Google maps