Kitzbuhel, Austria – The World’s Best Ski Resort?

Awarded the accolade of the world’s best ski resort by Skiresort.de, the world’s largest test portal for ski resorts for the third year running, Kitzbuhel, Austria certainly has great credentials. Kitzbuhel ski resort is one of the pioneers of alpine skiing ever since Franz Reisch skied down the Kitzbüheler Horn, making it the first Alpine ski run in Austria.

Kitzbuhel Ski Resort

Start your visit of Kitzbuhel with a tour round the village by Pepi, a very knowledgeable and friendly guide who will even serenade you goodbye with a bugle!

Kitzbuhel Village Center

The brightly colored houses and cobbled streets are extremely picturesque. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful ski resorts in Europe

A horse drawn carriage in Kitzbuhel

There are some interesting art galleries, luxury stores selling designer ski gear and Austrian traditional costumes and the all important coffee shops for a slice of sacher torte. The Aquarena swimming pool and wellness centre is a popular destination for those who fancy a change from skiing.

Kitzbuhel, Austria is considered to be an all-year round destination. It became internationally famous when the future King Edward VIII first came here in 1928 and made it popular with the British as a Summer destination.

With 4 golf courses including two 18 holes and many miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, we can certainly see the attraction. There’s even a casino!

In Kitzbuhel village center, there are lots of little architectural details to delight the eye.

A historic building in Kitzbuhel

The Church of Our Lady or Liebfrauenkirche has a stunning baroque interior and an impressive bell tower.

 

The Church of Our Lady in Kitzbuhel

Cinephiles may remember the film 7 Years in Tibet with Brad Pitt and David Thewlis. The latter’s character, Peter Aufschnaiter, was one of the two Austrian mountaineers who took part in expeditions in Tibet, helped build a power plant there and met the Dalai Lama.

He is buried in the cemetery and his grave is adorned in typical Tibetan style.

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