Kitzbühel – Austria
Resort height: 800m – 2,000m
Total piste length: 168km
Kitzbühel has been a mining city since 1450, but it was not until the 16th century that silver was found. The city’s current landscape is a consequence of that wealth. The first man to ski down from the Kitzbühel Horn was said to be Franz Reisch in 1893, and in 1894 the first ski race was held in Kitzbühel. Since then the city has gone on to play host to numerous ski races, snow polo and world triathlon’s.
170km of slopes and more than 50 modern gondolas and lifts make this a great place to ski. Snow-boarding fun parks can also be found in Kitzbühel for those more inclined to try a few out a few tricks. 120km of cross country ski trials and 170km of winter hiking trails make the region a sports lovers paradise. The huge expanse of ski area in Kitzbühel stretches over two provinces and 7 municipalities.
Where to lunch
Barrique serves traditional Italian food, mainly comprising of homemade pizzas, risottos and steaks. The restaurant is situated in a secluded spot right next to the boathouse on Lake Schwarz. With an open fireplace, lakeside terrace and snug interiors, the restaurant is the perfect place to recharge and catch up with friends.
Alpen Pizzeria reopened in November 2014 and has a loyal base of regular customers who come to enjoy the food as well as the first-class service. The pizzeria is renowned for its homely style of cooking and warm atmosphere, serving freshly cooked pizzas and Austrian wines.
Where to stay
A-ROSA Kitzbühel offers accommodation fit for royalty. The building itself is a beautiful stately home close to Wilder Kaider mountain range. Positioned amidst golf clubs and gardens, the hotel also offers a view of the ‘Streif’, debatably the most famous ski racetrack in the world. The list of facilities are endless and include gyms, saunas and beauty rooms, as well as three restaurants, a bar, hairdresser, child minding and sports activities.
Senoner Haus, a comfortable bed and breakfast situated behind the sport park, offers budget friendly accommodation. Accessibility is the hotels main appeal, situated within an 8 minute walk of the town station and a 15 minute walk to the cable car station, the hotel is well connected. Rooms are clean and comfortable with no special furnishings or facilities; the hotel offers practicality at affordable prices.
In terms of nightclubs, Club Take Five and Fünferl are widely considered the best venues in Kitzbühel. Located in the centre of Kitzbühel, Club Take Five has spacious interiors boasting a luxury VIP area, 3 bars and attentive staff. Top DJ’s can often be found playing to large crowds here. Fünferl is a contemporary bar, furnished to the highest standard. The bar prides itself on its team who ensure a relaxed atmosphere and stress free partying.
For a more relaxed evening, the Alpenhof Hotel in Kitzbühel is the perfect place to meet friends or family for a quiet evening in a much more toned down setting. The hotel has spectacular views and great food, perfect for those with children, or those looking for a quieter end to the day.