Kitzbuehel – one of Europe’s most beautiful ski resorts. Here is why you should stay in Kitzbuehel when visiting Tirol in Austria.
The reason why I love Kitzbühel so much is that it offers not only one of the best skiing in Austria (awarded top 10 ski resorts in Europe) but also many other things to do besides hitting the slopes.
Imagine the weather is horrible – then you want to have alternative things to do besides hitting the slopes. This is why Kitzbühel is great! The town offers fantastic wellness options, excellent shopping (all designer brands are here – yay!), sleigh rides, and beautiful winter walks. Not to forget the great restaurants in the mountains. Having this lively atmosphere is very rare for a ski resort in Europe.
Another reason why people visit Kitzbuhel is the world-famous Streif Downhill Race on the renowned Mount Hahnenkamm. Check it out, it is usually hosted end of January.
How to get there
Besides driving, you can get to Kitzbühel from Munich airport. It’s only a 1,5 hours drive! There are several shuttle providers you can choose from. I can recommend the ‘Four Seasons Travel’ shuttle for 53 Euro (one-way).
Accommodation options can be quite overwhelming. To keep it simple I would recommend staying within close proximity of the town itself. Beware that prices increase after Christmas until around 5th Jan, and while the Hahnenkamm-Race is on (end-Jan). Below are my top three choices.
Hotel Schloss Lebenberg
The Hotel Schloss Lebenberg is probably one of the hotels with the best value for money in Kitzbühel. Located on Mount Lebenberg (10-minute walk from town-centre or 5 minutes with the hotel’s shuttle service) it boasts with a 45-meter long indoor pool overlooking the town and mountains (stunning!), as well as an expansive wellness and spa area. The morning buffet is very generous and will let no wish open. At a small surcharge I recommend booking half-board as this will give you a daily five-course dinner to look forward to after an exhaustive day on the slopes.
Surrounded by the scenic panorama of the Tyrolean Alps, A-ROSA Kitzbühel was built in the style of a Tyrolean castle. It is a family-friendly hotel with a kids-club, daily ski excursions in groups as well as different restaurants. The A-ROSA is well known for their SPA area with various saunas and an indoor as well as an outdoor pool. A 9-hole golf course is located directly on the resort premises, offering guests an active vacation also during summer time.
Hotel Zur Tenne
Located in the heart of the picturesque old town of Kitzbühel, the Hotel Zur Tenne has been the go-to hotel for many generations of regular guests. What I really love about this hotel is that it has beautifully designed rooms in a cozy Tyrolean country-house style. The hotel’s restaurant with an open fireplace is everyone’s go-to place in Kitzbühel (even if not a hotel guest). You have to try their traditional ‘Apfelstrudel’ or “Kaiserschmarrn’! So yummy!
With its 230 km of slopes, Kitzbühel has been awarded as the top 10 ski resorts in Europe. Even if it isn’t snowing a lot in some winters (I hate global warming), there will be snow machines for you to enjoy the slopes at all times. The slopes are great for beginners, but also for the really advanced ones (Btw: I find the Austrian slopes more challenging than in France). Click here for the official skiing website.
Now, there is nothing worse than crowded slopes. In that case, my secret tip is to ski on the Horn mountain, which is a separate mountain on the opposite side of the ‘normal Kitzbühel ski area’. The Horn slopes do not use artificial snow and hence are seldom icy (Yay!). Get your sunnies out because you will need them in the afternoon. For an interactive ski map click here.
Wine & Dine
Being a girl which enjoys all good things in life, for me skiing is not complete without stops at beautiful mountain restaurants. There is no better feeling than taking a well-deserved break either outside in the sun or inside a warm mountain hut. They serve the best Austrian food! I love those huts so much – sometimes I even go there without skiing, just for the atmosphere and the food (omg, you have to try the Germknoedel if they have them!).
Restaurants in Town
Good pizza, great salads, fantastic service and location – all in a casual atmosphere. Strongly recommend the Centro restaurant in the heart of Kitzbuehel.
Hotel Zur Tenne Restaurant
As mentioned above, the restaurant ‘Kaminstube’ in the Hotel Zur Tenne is the go-to place for everyone in Kitzbuehel. Traditional Austria food, great ambiance with a fireplace, reasonable prices. I can very much recommend the “Kaiserschmarrn”!
If you are longing for seafood 1st Lobster is the place to go. For what it is, it is reasonably priced, but nevertheless on the more expensive side. The cosy ambience makes it perfect for romantic dinners!
For your outside après-ski you need to head to Chizzo, which is usually very well visited. Inside the restaurant offers a warm, rustic and traditional atmosphere. For casual evenings!