Kitzbuhel Austria: Best Hills Tourist Destination
Kitzbuhel Austria: The hills are alive well with plenty of outdoor activities that make Kitzbuhel a year round tourist destination.
Kitzbuhel is stepped in its own inimitable style, an effortless blend of tradition, folklore and awe inspiring scenery. Its natural mountainous arena gives way to a unique and unbeatable way of life. Kitzbuhel is one of the largest and best known winter sports resorts in Austria. It lies in a lovely valley at the foot of the Kitzbuhel Horn.
The old core of the town is built on a long ridge of hills consisting of two streets- the Vorderstadt and the Hinterstadt with handsome old gabled houses. Many of them are built in the style typical of the lower Inn valley. It is also an excellent place from which to explore some of the most stunning alpine scenery in Austria .Kitzbuhel nicknamed Kitz has since become a fashionable resort catering to an international clientele drawn by its excellent skiing and winter sports events along with summer activities such as hiking and golf.
Here are few activities carried on in Kitzbuhel.
There are a number of horse drawn carriages operating in Kitzbuhel and as you walk through the town you can constantly hear the sound of horse’s hooves on cobbles. If you want to relax during your holiday or if you are a couple looking for a romantic date, then go around the Schwarzsee Lake with a cosy little blanket on your laps. The carriage also gets converted into a sleigh when it snows heavy.
Toboggan track is the best sledding track for travelers. It is open day and night. If you have a seasonal or yearly pass for the ski lifts in Kitzbuhel then you can use the track for free during the night time.
Ride a snow cat:
Have you ever wanted to ride a snow cat? Well, you can. You can get on a chairlift up the mountain and then take a snow cat which will take you even further. Once you get to the top you can hike down to the valley on your skis or snowboard.
Those who love to have a peaceful holiday at a slower pace should visit the Schwarzsee a picturesque lake located just three km northwest of Kitzbuhel. It is very popular for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, boating canoeing and kayaking. It makes a great spot for a lakeside picnic.
Kitzbuhel painted buildings and cobbled streets make a beautiful backdrop, but there are chic bars and elegant shops too. On the mountain there are more than 50 cosy huts including rustic seidlalm by the downhill course. Enjoy panoramic views with wholesome regional dishes or stop for a beer at the end of the day.
Kitzbuhel Horn is another popular Austrian mountain peak. During the ski season<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>, the mountains in the immediate vicinity of Kitzbuhel are thronged with skiers from around the world. All are catered to by numerous cableways and ski lifts on the slopes of Kitzbuleler Horn, the Hahnenkamm and the Steinbergkogel.
Hiking and biking:
During warmer weather the slopes around Kitzbuhel are transformed from winter wonderland to a hiker’s paradise. These well maintained trails offer superb alpine views as well as countless reasons to stop and admire the scenery including the fun mountain huts set up as rest and refreshment stations. Some of which can be used for overnight stays. Mountain bikers too are well catered with a popular route being the 1000 km Bike Trail Tyrol based around Kitzbuhel.
Alpine Flower Garden
The Alpine Flower Garden at the Kitzbuleler Horn Mountain boasts of the most beautiful Alpine Flowers. It offers a noteworthy view due to the enormous number of different types of high mountain plants. These Alpine Flowers changes their shapes and colours accordingly to the weather. Arnica, edelweiss and purple bell flowers are among the 400 alpine species that blooms in the garden atop Kitzbuleler Horn.
There are charming hotels and guesthouses in Kitzbuhel within walking distance to the shops and restaurants in town. Some of the well-known Hotels are Kitzhof Mountain Design resort, best western premier Kaiserh of Kitzbuhel, Tiefenbrunner Hotel and pension schmidinger.