The Tirolean town of Kitzbühel dates back to the 16th century and is famous for the vibrantly coloured buildings that line the main pedestrianised cobbled street in the centre. The pavement cafés make great spots for lunch whilst people watching, or visit many of the designer boutiques. Various festivals, concerts and open-air events are hosted here during the summer months.
Set in a broad valley basin and surrounded by the Kitzbüheler Alps and Wilder Kaiser mountain ranges, the first thing you notice is the pure mountain air. The scenic peaks, valleys and lakes host this town and its friendly locals. Those seeking exploration of the great outdoors can take advantage of the endless trails and views by walking some of the 1,000km of marked walking trails, or cycling some of the 800km of off-road routes. E-bikes make getting up to the highest vantage points very easy for you to take in the stunning views. For a more relaxing experience, the Schwarzsee Lake on the edge of the town is perfect for swimming, sunbathing and using the rowing boats to get around this lake in its natural woodland setting.
Located between Innsbruck and Salzburg, Kitzbühel makes a perfect base for sightseeing and exploring the wider area. Our guided excursions will take you to some of the most popular attractions, or use the local train and bus services to explore independently.
Things to do in resort
- Plenty of cafés, shops and boutiques
- Over 1000km of marked walking trails
- Biking for all levels (750km of bike routes)
- E-bike hire
- Lake Schwarzsee with lido, rowing boats
- Horse riding
- Golf (4 course)
- Excellent tennis facilities
- ‘Aquarena’ indoor sports complex with pool
- Alpine flower garden
- Wild animal park, Aurach
- Horse & Carriage rides
- Wine tasting
- Visit Schnapps distillery
Things to do in Kitzbühel
The medieval old walled town of Kitzbühel with its quaint cobbled streets, picturesque buildings and fine old churches dates back over 700 years and is a fascinating place to explore. The friendly village atmosphere is lively with a wealth of stylish shops, pavement cafés and several events and festivals in the summer months. There are numerous activities available, Lake Schwarzsee is close by, where you can swim, row or simply relax at one of the lidos amidst natural woodland. Holidays in Kitzbühel are stunningly beautiful in the summer, golfing, hiking, cycling, shopping or take it easy. A horse and carriage ride! Whatever the season, a horse and carriage ride will always give you time to enjoy the scenery.
Kitzbuhel Flex Hiking Pas I from £80 - 5 in 7 Days I from £99 - 7 in 14 Days I Summer 2019
We recommend the pre-bookable Kitzbühel Flex Hiking pass. In addition to giving access to free use of four cable-cars and three chair lifts it also covers the use of local buses plus numerous leisure activities such as guided walks, discounts on museum admissions, indoor pools, bathing lakes, the Aurach deer park and much more. This pass is available all season, but please note that some lifts open in high season only (from 16 Jun).
Guests staying in St Johann can book a three-day walkers' pass in the resort or pre-book from £32 for Summer 2019
Festivals and Events
There are many festivals and events in Kitzbühel throughout the summer including regular open-air brass band concerts and folk music evenings throughout the week, plus:
- Summer Solstice Bonfire night (mid-Jun)
- The Kitzbuehel Alpine Rally is considered one of the best classic car events in the Alps. No wonder that classic car enthusiasts from around the world year after year come to Kitzbuehel to spend a unique week. The Kitzbuehel Alpine Rally is from the 5th to 8th June 2019 for the 32nd time.
- From the 8th to 14th July 2019, Kitzbühel will once again be a hotspot for fans of American motorbikes and custom bikes, when the Harley Club Kitzbühel welcomes its guests for the 24th time.
- Kitzbüheler Summer Nights (Thursday in Jul & Aug, including live music and entertainment)
- Annual Almabtrieb - cow festival in Kirchberg (mid-Sep)
- Kitzbühel Wine Festival (early Sep)
Dates are approximate.
We recommend you look at the Kitzbühel Tourist Office website www.kitzbuehel.com/en/events for details and dates.
Family and Kids
Kitzbühel offers plenty of action for its younger guests. Many will fall into bed in the evening with rosy cheeks exhausted and dreaming of Kitzbühel adventures. In July and August, a weekly children´s program is offered.
"Are we there yet?"
Each of the themes trails around Kitzbuehel represents a topic. This means the hike is an adventure and along the way you also learn a lot.
E-Bikes in KITZBÜHEL
The Kitzbüheler Alps is the world’s largest E-Bike region with hundreds of kilometers of marked trails. E-Bikes make easy work of the scenic meadow and riverside paths as well as climbs up to viewpoints and there are dozens of charging stations around the area, making it a fantastic and easy way to explore.
POPULAR E-BIKE ROUTES include the path from Kitzbühel to St. Johann via the Roman Trail, continuing through the Großachental valley to Erpfendorf; the beautiful loop around Pillersee Lake; the Tyrolean farms of the Bichlach region, and the lovely hour-long ride to Westendorf. Cost approx €20 per day. Routes are graded blue, red and black for difficulty
and maps are provided at the Tourist Office and at Element 3.
E-Bikes are available from:
- Alpenhotel Kitzbühel
- Element 3
Lift and cable-car approx. opening times
The opening dates of summer lifts vary in resort. Please find the latest update for the summer:
Hahnenkammbahn – open from approx 25 May
Hornbahn - open from approx 11 May- 06 October
Car hire is available
Location in resort
- Longitude: 12.373088
- Latitude: 47.456952
- Location Description:
- 500m to train station
- 2300m to village centre
- 1300m to Kitzbuhel town centre
- Nearest Bus Stop: 500
For more information on travel and transport visit our Kitzbuhel page