How to get there
Kitzbühel, located in Tyrol, just 86 kilometres east of Innsbruck, is a ski resort with a world famous reputation. It is relatively close to two cities with major international airports: Salzburg and Munich. Salzburg International Airport is the better option, since there are frequent transfers direct from here to the ski resort. Several regional trains and coaches also make the journey between the airport and Kitzbühel. A typical train journey will take approximately two and a half hours. Whilst the bus journey takes less time, it is also far less comfortable than the train. If you would prefer to hire a car and drive from Salzburg to Kitzbühel, follow the E-60, B-312 and the B-161 motorways straight to the ski resort. There are frequent flights to Salzburg leaving from airports around the UK, and the same applies for Munich if you would prefer to arrive there. From Munich take the train to Kitzbühel via Innsbruck.
If you would prefer not to fly, you can take the train all the way from the UK to the resort. Take the Eurostar to Paris and then transfer to the overnight train to Munich, departing from the Gare de l’Est. There are frequent Eurocity trains running between Munich and Innsbruck. From Innsbruck, take the train direct to Kitzbühel. This last section of the journey will only take you about an hour.
Your final option is to drive to the resort. Kitzbühel is located 1100 kilometres away from Calais and the route will take you along good-quality motorways.
Who does the resort cater for?
Kitzbühel has a world-famous reputation for intermediate skiing. However, given the large and diverse skiing area on offer, the resort has enough to keep those of all abilities entertained. Intermediate skiers will find nothing to complain about, with about 30% of the slopes dedicated to them. However, another 30% of the skiing area is perfect for expert skiers and a further 10% of the runs are designed for skiers of an extremely advanced standard, who are looking for a real challenge. Beginners will also be kept happy by the skiing on offer in Kitzbühel. Snowboarders will be kept entertained by a permanent 450 m cross-course specifically designed for boarders and there is also a large half-pipe and 14 competition obstacles on Brunellenfeld.
For those who do not want to hit the slopes during the day, there is plenty to keep them amused. Visitors often take advantage of the hot-air ballooning on offer and the ice-skating, curling, sleigh rides, swimming, snowshoeing, and hiking are also popular options. The town itself is very pretty, with beautiful hamlets and great scenery. The Heimatmuseum is located on the site of a former medieval castle and provides a great chance for guests to learn more about local culture and history.
The nightlife in the resort is world-famous with Kitzbühel deserving its reputation for being the winter entertainment capital of Austria. There are many restaurants, bars, and casinos.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
The range of accommodation on offer at the resort is staggering with luxurious hotels sitting alongside small guesthouses and apartments. Hotel Grand Spa Resort A-Rosa is one of the best hotels in the resort with over 150 rooms, all en-suite and furnished to an extremely high standard. The 3 restaurants offer great food accompanied by amazing mountain views and there is also a comfortable lounge complete with an open fire.
The wellness centre provides guests with the opportunity to relax in the sauna, solarium, and swimming pool. The impressive breakfast buffet is bound to keep you satisfied throughout the day, at least until it is time for the dinner buffet! A more modest option is the peaceful Pension Karlberger. It is located just a short walk away from the centre of the resort and it too offers a great breakfast buffet. The accommodation is comfortable, convenient, and very good value for money. For those who have driven to the resort, parking is available right in front of the guesthouse.
There are 5 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 9 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 7 blue runs (suitable for beginners). The slopes are served by modern lifts and they take over 75,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. The main ski season starts in early December and lasts until the end of April. The best snow conditions will be found during February and March. The resort also has 129 snow cannons which generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow.
- Downhill Pistes: 158 km
- Cross Country Trails: 40 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 30
- Maximum Vertical: 1210 m
- Highest Lift: 2000 m
- Altitude of Resort: 800 m
- Lowest Piste: 790 m