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Kitzbühel has a zest for sport. World famous for its downhill ski race course, the energy extends through summer, too. NEW

The Wilder Kaiser, the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Hahnenkamm characterise Kitzbühel and the vast surrounding landscape.

The mountain scenery and Tirolean countryside is famous for its beauty and not something to be forgotten when planning a holiday this summer.

There's also local folklore and tradition to discover there, whatever the season.

It's both activity-central and a place for relaxation.

Trail up the mountains or just take it all in and breathe.

Bike through the meadows or take a picnic in the peaceful setting.

Swim or paddle the lakes, or meander around them at your own pace.

®MichaelvWerlberger 9891 Wandern®Michael Werlberger 

On foot

Nestled between the Hahnenkamm and the Kitzbüheler Horn you'll find more than 1,000km of signposted hiking trails to walk.

PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, was in Kitzbuhel a few summers back and hiked the Hahnenkamm:

HahnenkammThe start













HahnenkammLooking less ferocious in summer

Travel through meadows and along gravel paths, through forests and over footbridges, high up on the mountain tops or down in the valley.

It's all so easy to discover; There are many trails for different levels of hiker and user-friendly sign posts guide you through the region.

Choose your preferred distance, level and altitude using the 'adventure portal' and set off into the countryside.
Walkers, don't forget to stop off at mountain huts along your way to refuel and recharge... 

®Michael_Werlberger®Michael Werlberger

And not forgetting runners and Nordic walkers, who can make their own Kitzbühel adventure from a network of 23 routes covering over 170km.

®Michael Werlberger®Michael Werlberger 

On wheels

Conquer the gentler hills of Kitzbühel on two wheels, whether that's by road bike, mountain bike, or E-bike.

From high up in the mountains to idyllic pathways, along the edge of lakes and the banks of streams, the network of trails leads you to the most picturesque places Kitzbühel has to offer.

Experience Kitzbühel. Kitzbühel offers a choice of well-established road bike tours, with 1,200 km of routes that incorporate 18,000 metres in altitude difference.

Experienced road bikers should tackle the "crowning stage" of the Tour of Austria - an ascent to the Kitzbüheler Horn.

®Michael_Werlberger®Michael Werlberger 

Approximately 21km, a 950-metre climb in altitude of and a slope gradient of more than 22%, Austria's steepest cycle challenge is something to conquer.

Mountain bikers have a trail network of over 800km - A mix of forest and alpine trails to kick up scaling 600m in altitude, with gradients of up to 30%.

The Kitzbühel Downhill is a good end-of-holiday challenge to work towards, if you enjoy that kind of thing during a break...

For the pleasure cyclists among us, taking in the valleys of the Tirol and expeditions to mountain huts.

®Michael_Werlberger®Michael Werlberger

Kitzbühel is very popular among golfers with four courses to play against an Alpine vista - a pretty special backdrop...

The Kitzbühel Golfcard allows you to play at any of these impressive courses; It could be the 18-hole courses at Kitzbühel-Schwarzsee-Reith Golf Club or Eichenheim Golf Club, the 9-hole courses at Kitzbühel Golf Club or at Golf and Country Club Rasmushof.

The Kitzbühel Golf School and Golf Academies offer courses for both newcomers and seasoned golfers alike.

Get that swing perfected!

Why not kick off at the Kitzbühel-Schwarzsee-Reith Golf Club for a round, which won Austria's best golf course in 2016

The Kitzbühel Golf Circuit is the "crème de la crème" of Alpine golf, so a must for all discerning players.

Around we go.

Kitzbuhel golfKitzbuhel golf

Pleasure and leisure

Kitzbühel has an urban vibe about it, though a gorgeous rural town.

It's close to Innsbruck and is undoubtably a fashionable spot, both summer and winter. 

The restaurants range from Toque award-winning restaurants to traditional and rustic Tyrolean taverns.

The historic Old Town is packed with boutique shops and favourite brands and of course, being the glamorous destination it is, offers great spa and wellness treats.

Sport and culture are at the centre of life here. 

From the football enthusiasts at the 20th International Cordial Cup, the International sporting elite competing in the 22nd KitzAlpBike Mountainbike Festival, the 15th Kitzbühel Golf Festival, or the stars of the international tennis scene at the 73rd Kitzbühel Generali Open Kitzbühel offers many a spectacle. 

Then there are great entertainers who've come to Kitzbühel to perform, such as Elina Garanca at Classics in the Alps, or Andrew Gabalier performing at the 5th Kitzbühel Music Festival.

The annual events that never disappoint are the Kitzbühel Alpine Rallye, the Street Food Market and the Annual Fair of Kitzbühel Town.

®Michael Werlberger Kulinarik®Michael_Werlberger 

Our three top picks for Kitzbühel this summer:

#1. Horngipfel Breakfast

Sunrise for bon vivants on the Kitzbüheler Horn:

Early risers try the Tirol Milch mountain breakfast atop the Kitzbüheler Horn before the sun has risen.

Trips up start from 4.30am so you really have the mountain to yourself.

Enjoy the 'morning service' - a performance given by local wood-wind musicians.

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 #2. Streif Viewing 

Experience the world's hardest race course, the Streif, on foot.

Enjoy the view from the famous start hut and watch the most incredible TV-recordings and films from the archives of the KitzbühelSki Club.

Streif viewingStreif viewing

#3. Bichlalm Kneippen 

Visit the Kneipp pools for something extra special in the Kitzbühel Alps.

Hike the Karstweg trail along the contour line towards the Horn, through the Alpine Flower Garden or along the kids' climbing path.

On this route there's the  Stuckkogel, the Auracher Hochwildalm and the Aurach Wildlife Park to stop for breaks at, and lose yourself in the Tyrolean countryside.

®Michael Werlberger®Michael Werlberger 

There are endless possibilities for adventure in Kitzbühel for those looking.

Will you make it out this summer?

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