Chalet Weiss Spa
Spacious and serene, a stay at Chalet Weiss Spa is like having a boutique hotel all to yourselves. This luxury ski chalet in Kitzbuhel, with spa and pool has everything you need under one roof. If it weren’t for the fabulous skiing just moments from...
Destination Guide: Kitzbuhel
Arguably Austria’s most fashionable ski resort, Kitzbuhel is known as one of the most beautiful ski towns in Europe, with its delicate spires, stunning frescoes and buttressed walls.
Once a medieval silver-mining town, it still has a historic feel. Charming old coaching inns are now boutique hotels and, within the old city walls, the pedestrianised centre is a web of ancient streets now boasting smart cafes and deliciously expensive designer boutiques. All this is set against the startlingly beautiful Wilder Kaiser mountains, which lend a magical atmosphere to the whole town.
‘Kitz’ is perhaps best known for the annual Hahnenkamm race in mid-January, when the world’s best skiers descend on the town to compete on Der Streif, which at one point falls into a death-defying 85° drop. But there’s lots to keep those who aren’t adrenaline junkies busy, too.
There are plenty of intermediate and ‘family’ runs, as well as snowboarding fun parks, cross-country runs and winter hiking trails, too. Lots of people come just for the fabulous ‘ski safari’, a carefully planned trail of runs linked by chairlifts, gondolas and drag lifts that allow you to go a total of 91 miles without stepping out of your skis.
In the summer months, Kitzbuhel attracts hikers, cyclists and golfers and the town also has a lovely programme of outdoor concerts and theatre.
Best places to eat and drink in Kitzbuhel
There’s lots to keep gourmands happy, both on and off the mountains. In the town itself, Kupferstube at the Tennerhof Hotel is an unmissable treat and is regularly billed as one of the best restaurants in Austria. Apparently the gooseberry and buttermilk soup with baked lobster is an excellent choice.
Up on the mountain there are more than 50 eateries to choose from, but we particularly like Hochkitzbühel, perched at the top of the Hahnenkamm gondola. It serves typically Tyrolean dishes such as Wienerschnitzel and Gröstl und Spätzle.
For après, the Londoner Club is the most popular choice, and for after dinner there are several bars and clubs open until the early hours of the morning.
Best time to visit Kitzbuhel
Because of Kitzbuhel’s low altitude, snow can’t be guaranteed for much of the season. Skiing is open early November to early May but to be sure of plenty of snow, go during the last week of January and first three weeks of February. On the other hand, it’s a destination where many flock simply to shop, socialise and people-watch, so if you’re happy to risk a bit less snow, it’s still a lovely place to spend a week.
What we love about Kitzbuhel
We love having dinner on the terrace at Hochkitzbuhel on a Friday night, when the gondola opens specially to take diners up to the top for candlelit dinner on the mountain.
Ski area: Kitzbuhel
Resort Altitude: 800m
Top lift altitude: 2000m
Total pistes: 170km
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