In the Kitzbühel Alps, conveniently located with easy access to Innsbruck (95km), Salzburg (80km) and Munich (120km).
Inhabitants: 8.544, Expatriates: 1.065
800 to 2.000m above sea level
Kitzbühel is one of Austria's best-known and fanciest winter sports resorts, situated between the mountains Hahnenkamm (1.712m) and Kitzbühler Horn (1.996m). The Hahnenkamm is home of the annual World Cup ski races, including the circuit's most important event, the downhill race on the famous Streif slope. This downhill is counted as one of the toughest downhill competitions in the World Cup.
Together with the pistes and ski lifts in neighboring Kirchberg in Tirol, Kitzbühel is one of the largest ski regions in Austria. Holidaymakers in Kitzbühel have 56 cableway and lift facilities and 168 km of slopes available to them, as well as 40 km of groomed cross-country skiing tracks. Of note is the relatively new 3S Cable Car, the cable car with the highest above-ground span in the world.
In summer there are 120 km of mountain bike paths and 500 km of hiking trails. Other attractions include six tennis courts and four golf courses, the Kitzbühel swimming pool, Austria's only curling hall and the bathing lake of Schwarzsee. Each summer Kitzbühel also hosts an ATP tennis tournament on clay, the Austrian Open and the ITU Triathlon World Cup races which take place at the local Schwarzsee lake. The Kitzbüheler Alpen Rally is an annual festival of historic automobiles, which was first held in 1988.
Kitzbühel also caters for the high end of the tourist market, as many celebrities and the jet set come here for their holiday. With its allure and contrasting landscape, the innumerable opportunities for sports and leisure, Kitzbühel is ranked as the number one holiday resort in Austria.