Planning a Kitzbuhel vacation? We’re here to help!
There is something for everyone in Kitzbuhel, Austria’s most popular and most glamorous ski resort. From the cobbled streets, color-washed facades and painted frescoes in the town center to the legendary ski slopes, hiking trails and freshwater lakes set against the backdrop of the Wilder Kaiser mountains; stepping out into the great outdoors is always on the agenda. As is fine dining, on and off the slopes. From classic Alpine dishes, washed down with a shot of schnapps, to seafood delicacies and eateries with a Thai fusion twist, every meal is a feast for all the senses. The first thing to decide is when to visit – summer or winter?
It’s very easy to work up an appetite on the slopes and, luckily, there are lots of places to sample some of the region’s most popular dishes, while enjoying breathtaking mountain views. If you are looking for something a little special, make a beeline for Lois Stern, an elegant eatery specializing in serving local produce with a Thai influence. The tempura prawns and miso cod are particularly popular. The First Lobster is a fine dining restaurant famous for its seafood dishes, shipping in produce direct from the US’s East Coast. Award-winning Gourmetrestaurant Kupferstube is an intimate restaurant serving local dishes with an extensive wine list. For meals with a view, head to Berghaus Tirol, perched 1750 meters up on the top of Mount Hahnenkamm, is a popular stop off for skiers. The wiener schnitzels, apple strudel, and cream cakes are legendary. Four hundred meters above the town is Rosis Sonnbergstuben, a traditional Tyrolean restaurant situated next to the Bichalm ski lift. Its candlelit dinners overlooking the mountain are incredibly romantic. For those not hitting the slopes but still feel like a decadent treat, Café Kortschak offers a daily changing selection of freshly baked cakes to be enjoyed with a glass of gluhwein or hot chocolate.
Shopping with style
It’s not usually expected for a ski resort to have such an enticing array of stores and boutiques to tempt vacationers away from the slopes, but Kitzbuhel has just that. Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, and Thomas Sabo’s stores lend a hint of luxury to Kitzbuhel’s cobbled streets. While local boutique Frauenschuh sells luxury sportswear collections that are sure to be a hit on and off the slopes. At Schuhhaus Haderer you can take a piece of Kitzbuhel home with you by having a pair of shoes custom-made, and keep an eye out for one of the seven Trachten Couture Eder shops, which specialize in traditional Tyrolean clothing.
With over 200 guaranteed snow days a year, and 111 miles of slopes stretching over two provinces and seven municipalities, it’s no wonder Kitzbuhel has been voted ‘best ski resort in the world’ three times over by skiresort.de. The three main local slopes, the Kitzbuheler Horn, the Hahnenkamm and the Bichlalm cater for all skiing levels. For novices who’d like some extra tuition, help is at hand in the form of the town’s legendary ski school, where the instructors’ statement scarlet uniforms have earned them the nickname the Red Devils. Ask your Luxury Retreats concierge for more information about lessons.
Every January, The Hahnenkamm race takes place, where skiers from all over the globe compete to ski fastest down the infamous Strief slope. It’s a fantastic spectator sport and you can experience the Strief for yourself outside of race week. Snowboarders and free riders can also enjoy Kitzbuhel’s slopes, as from November there are plenty of routes with an average of eight feet of fresh, powder snow. Guided tours can be easily arranged with a ski school or your Luxury Retreats concierge.
The Great Outdoors
During the summer months, Kitzbuhel is a hive of activity and a destination for vacationers keen to experience a wide range of outdoor pursuits. The Strief has many miles of walking and running trails and is a popular spot for endurance training. Climbing is also an option on the Wilder Kaiser. Extreme climbers are known to enjoy the nearby glacier mountains of the Hohe Tauern. Keen swimmers and triathletes will enjoy taking to the Schwarzsee lake. It’s a vast; measuring 15 acres across and is seven meters deep. Most Alpine villages have a swimming lake and picking up a Kitzbuheler Alpen Summer Card gains you a 50% reduced entry fee into many of the lake resorts.
Where to stay – Kitzbuhel vacation rentals
From modern apartments to luxury Alpine chalets, there is a ski lodge just waiting to welcome you in Kitzbuhel.
As nature intended
Large family gatherings of up to 10 people will enjoy our Jochberg rentals.Halfway between Kitzbuhel and the Thurn Pass, fabulous skiing opportunities, candlelit evening walks, and horse-drawn sleigh rides are all just outside the front door. The attention to detail in these modern chalets make them a pleasure to relax in away from the slopes. Outdoor hot tubs, indoor heated pools and saunas help everyone in your vacation to unwind, while the floor to ceiling windows and wood-burning fireplaces help to make the homes feel intimate and cozy. Get ready to snuggle up.
Front and center
If you are looking for an apartment that is close to the heart of the action, renting one of Luxury Retreats’ Kitzbuhel apartments is what you need to do. There are plenty of open plan luxury apartments perfect for parties of six to eight people, or even for honeymooners. These homes are nestled in hillside locations with incredible, panoramic views of the mountains and the town. All are with a ten-minute walk to some of the most popular ski lifts, including the Fleckalmbahn and Hahnenkamm. Private spas, indoor pools, high tech saunas, steam rooms and geo-heated rooms come as standard. If you can tear yourself away from the wood-burning fireplace and wine fridge, the bars and restaurants of Kitzbuhel are only ten minutes walk away.
The quiet life
Escape from the hustle of downtown Kitzbuhel by choosing to rent one of our Aurach chalets. Aurach is a little village, situated at the very start of the Jochberg valley and has everything a group family vacation could need, with local walking trails, cross-country skiing routes and even Alpine curling courts nearby, while the luxury chalets are kitted out to soothe aching muscles and tired limbs after a day on the slopes. Think indoor heated pools, private spa, in-house saunas and steam rooms. Once you’re relaxed, the wet bar, media room with wine cellar and oversized terraces with mountain views, will help you stay that way.