What to do and see in Kitzbuhel, Austria: The Best Places and Tips

February 19, 2018 Cedrick Jardin

One of Austria's most luxurious ski resorts, ritzy Kitzbühel, known as "Kitz," basks between the Hahnenkamm and Kitzbüheler Horn mountains. Every winter, Hahnenkamm's Streif slope is the site of one of the hardest downhill runs of the World Cup Ski Race. In summer, this Tirolean town sees tennis fans arrive in droves for the Austrian Open. Its winding, cobblestone medieval streets are packed with sports cars and upscale boutiques as Europe's glitterati descend on these hallowed slopes.
Restaurants in Kitzbuhel

1. Element3 Ski School

Klostergasse 8, Kitzbuhel 6370, Austria +43 5356 72301
Excellent
84%
Good
10%
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1%
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2%
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4.5 based on 203 reviews

Element3 Ski School

Reviewed By aspenfan - miami, florida

We rented our skis here after it was recommended by our hotel. And we can see why they did! Great selection of top notch equipment but the service is what really impressed us. Tom was professional and took care of us like VIP's. The location was also very convenient to the Gondola and they let us store our boots and skis in a heated shed. Highly recommend and would use their services again and again. Thanks for taking such good care of us Tom!

2. Bergbahn Kitzbuhel

Hahnenkammstrasse 1a, Kitzbuhel 6370, Austria +43 5356 6951
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
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1%
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4.5 based on 480 reviews

Bergbahn Kitzbuhel

Reviewed By NigelDunne - Burton-on-Trent

Fantastic ski area given the best Downhill Racing is held here on The Streif. We were based in Kitzbuhel and started each day ascending The Hahnenkamm. From there we skied to The Pengelstein, The Wurzhohe and The Reserhohe. The are some beautiful restaurants, snack bars etc.. all over these Mountains and everyone of them offers amazing views and good food. We thought the cost was dearer than other Austrian ski areas but probably justified due to the infrastructure presented in all areas.

Schwarzsee, Kitzbuhel 6370, Austria
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
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1%
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4.5 based on 337 reviews

Schwarzsee

Reviewed By Vansugar - Coychurch

Wonderful place to swim, the water is so good your skin feels as though it has had a Spa treatment !
Lovely restaurant /cafe
Bathing - sun loungers and umbrellas to hire if you want them though some people take their own ( locals)
After my first visit there I just had to return the next day and if I'd had more time would have done so every day !

4. Skischule Kitzbuehel Rote Teufel

Josef-Herold-Strasse 23, Kitzbuhel 6370, Austria +43 4353 5662500
Excellent
69%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
9%
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

Skischule Kitzbuehel Rote Teufel

250 ski instructors, mountain and ski guides, snowboard and cross-country instructors, all trained according to the very latest guidelines, make safety and rapid success their top priority.Equipped with a unique ability to teach skiing and alternative winter sports, while at the same time having fun, motivating and inspiring our guests with enthusiasm for our beautiful Alpine world, these instructors have been our guarantee of success and quality for a long time.

Reviewed By Diogenes39 - Belgium

What can I say? Sometimes one just get lucky... For no particular reason but a random "Google" search, we had initially visited another ski school with the intention of booking a total beginner's course for my girlfriend and a less-than-beginner's course for me. However, since they hadn't receive the minimum three bookings for the total beginner's course and neither they offered group courses for my level, we left the premises feeling empty-handed and more than a bit disappointed. We then headed towards the "Red Devils" office (another Google search) located just a few meters away from the first school. And that is when things started to brighten up for us. The service was top-notch from the very moment we came in. Not only they were ready to provide group courses (with enough people in them) for both of us, but they'd also allow us to take the class for one day and stretch it out for a couple more days if we liked it, at no additional cost than booking all upfront. Once we got things rolling out with a big grin, the staff at the counter were sensitive and flexible to accommodate to our changing needs (my girlfriend started up with some pretty bad confidence issues on the slope that required a shift in the approach). Both our instructors, Megan and Tim, displayed a rare combination of impeccable professionalism, technical expertise and interpersonal skills that one can very rarely see, not only in the ski world but in the Education domain in general. Should I point that they managed to keep us all engaged and progressing in spite of the less-than-favourable weather and piste conditions -a few slashy and ice slopes, thick cloudes on the second day? Kudos to all the people who make Rote Teufel! You guys have set up a very high standard. Would we go back to the Red Devil's school in our next ski getaway? We can hardly wait!!!

5. Museum Kitzbuhel

Hinterstadt 32, Kitzbuhel 6370, Austria +43 5356 67274
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
13%
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2%
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4 based on 38 reviews

Museum Kitzbuhel

Reviewed By Robert F - Chertsey, United Kingdom

Created in an historic location the museum has clearly had money spent on it (modern design, well presented exhibits, air-conditioning and humidity control). There is a slight paucity of exhibits and the museum dwells on the location's ancient provenance, the bronze age.
There is an interesting floor dedicated to the town's more modern importance as a winter sports centre. Also a couple of floors dedicated to original paintings by Alfonse Walde.
Worth a visit.

6. Casino Kitzbuhel

Hinterstadt 24, Kitzbuhel 6370, Austria +43 5356 62300110
Excellent
30%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
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Poor
6%
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6%
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4 based on 100 reviews

Casino Kitzbuhel

CASINO Kitzbuhel Casino Kitzbuhel is a popular multifunctional venue in the centre of Kitzbuhel. The modern yet comfortably furnished casino offers a wide range of entertainment, gaming and lifestyle options on two levels. The fluid transition from the gaming area to the bar encourages visitors to stay awhile. The international selection of games ranges from Roulette, Poker and Black Jack to the slot machines. The elegant casino restaurant "CUISINO Kitzbuhel" with its well-stocked vinotheque, tasteful bar and cosy bistro makes a visit to Casino Kitzbuhel an unforgettable experience. Slot Game from 03.00 p.m. Live Game ab 06.00 p.m. Cuisino Restaurant daily from 05.30 p.m. Casino Bar daily from 03.00 p.m. 24th december closed

Reviewed By Lynda w - Attersee, Austria

Best hamburger I have had in Austria, and as an American I know hamburgers! The meals my colleagues had looked good, but of course I cannot comment on them.Thank you very much for your commendation on tripadvisor. We are pleased to hear that this was your best hamburger in Austria! We hope you had a pleasant stay in Kitzbühel and hope to meet you again. Best regards Casino Kitzbühel

7. Kitzbuheler Innenstadt

Hinterstadt 18, Kitzbuhel 6370, Austria
Excellent
51%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Kitzbuheler Innenstadt

Reviewed By Andrew081 - St. Albans, United Kingdom

Kitzbühel town centre (Innenstradt) is a compact area with some lovely buildings, churches, monuments and lots of cafes for just relaxing and chilling – you can easily spend a few hours here. Most of the area is at least partially pedestrianised but for some reason traffic still comes through the Rathaus and along what looks like traffic free areas to you need to be aware of this. After a visit to the Town Centre I would recommend (if you have several hours free) taking the Hahnenkammbahn (five minutes’ walk from the town center) up the Hahnenkamm – from the top there are many fantastic walks as well as seeing the start of the famous downhill ski course. If less time, then the 20 minute walk up the Schwarzsee is worth doing.
For excellent homemade ice-creams I would head to Café Beluna (close to the Rathaus); for coffee and snacks head to Pano café (short distance from Café Beluna).
Visiting Kitzbühel during its off season it is no surprise that you will find building work, roadworks etc happening, but unlike the previous reviewer this in no way spoiled by visit.
One summer Tuesday evenings (in fine weather) there is a free band concert in the town centre (impossible to miss) and well worth hearing. If you want a seat in any of the neighbouring cafes (Centro is best option), then arrange to arrive before the concert starts. During the concert a couple of young ladies wander around with a barrel of Schnapps - €1 a shot and well worth the money.
I have now spend ten nights in Kitzbühel and can’t wait to return.

8. Streif-Wanderweg

Hahnenkamm 1, Kitzbuhel 6370, Austria
Excellent
44%
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56%
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Streif-Wanderweg

Reviewed By Andrew081 - St. Albans, United Kingdom

Upon arriving at the Hahnenkammbahn top station head straight to start-house (can’t be missed) then down (via the Hocheckhutte restaurant) you can walk to the Streif races viewing platform and then down to the 'Mausefalle' (the steepest part of the course with a maximum grade of 85%). Having stood here during the downhill race practice session it was very interesting to see the course in the summer. The poles for the side course netting helps to show where the course goes, plus there are plenty of information boards and TV displays.
To do the whole walk takes between 90 and 150 minutes – I only managed a small part of it (due to having young children with me) but would love to complete the whole walk one-day.
I really enjoyed seeing the start gate (and associated museum) and the part of the Streif walk that I did manage to do.

9. Franziskaner Der Immakulata

Josef-Herold-Strasse, Kitzbuhel 6370, Austria +43 5356 64095
Excellent
67%
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20%
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13%
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Franziskaner Der Immakulata

Reviewed By TravelingFreeWoman - Moro, Illinois

This church is right in the center of the shopping district with houses and shops surrounding it. It was very easy to walk to. The church has been renovated for the past 40 years and now looks beautiful. The building appears to be built during the 1600s. Their website shows the renovation process. The stone floors is in immaculate condition. I believe the altar, Stations of the Cross, crucifix painting and statutes are several hundred years old. Baby Jesus is above the altar with arms outspread. On the left of the altar is a statue of Jesus with arms spread toward the people and on the right is a gorgeous statue of Mary.
Even if you are not a Catholic you will feel a sense of holiness in this place. The artwork will appeal to anyone who appreciates history and art. The location is perfect for a visit while in the midst of shopping in Kitzbuhel.

10. Alpenhaus am Kitzbueheler Horn

Kitzbuheler Horn 7, Kitzbuhel 6370, Austria +43 5356 64761
Excellent
56%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
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4 based on 15 reviews

Alpenhaus am Kitzbueheler Horn

Reviewed By CarolDM1900 - Montpelier, Vermont

The Alpenhaus is a popular dining spot about two-thirds of the way up the 6548 ft. elev. Kitzbuhler Horn. It is readily accessible from the train station just by walking down Bahnhofplatz and turning to the left, uphill, on Hornweg, which also connects easily to streets in the city center. You'll need tickets for two cable cars, Hornbahn 1 and Hornbahn 2. When you exit the second cable car, you'll be right at the Alpenhaus.
An up-and-down ticket is 24.50 Euros, but check for special deals. On the day we were there, hikers 60 years and old got a big discount. Price is lower for children, too.
The restaurant has a big Terrace with good views of the surrounding Mountains, which you can identify from the panoramic displays lining the railing and showing the elevations of the major peaks in view.
If you want to hike further, it's a fairly steep 30-minute walk on a switchback trail to get to the summit of the Horn. Views get more stunning every step of the way, and once you're at the summit, you'll have a 360 degree view of (at least in mid-May) snow-covered peaks.
There are attractions along the way, including wild flower Gardens and, right near the Alpenhaus, an adventure playground for kids that features a rock climbing wall and a couple of fun-looking slides for the younger set.
Whether you stop on the way up or the way down from the summit, or just hang out on the Terrace, the local Kaiser beer on tap at the Alpenhaus is very refreshing, and there's a good variety of snacks. We opted for the pretzels. We did not find the cafeteria-style food very appetizing, so passed on it, but plenty of people were waiting in line for lunch. It is the only game in town, you might say.
Besides, if you decide walk all or part way to the summit, you'll likely work up an appetite, so a hot meal on the way back may be just the thing.
This is a beautiful part of Austria, easy to get to by train from Innsbruck. The views from the Alpenhaus or higher above if you choose to go to the top of the Horn, are beautiful and dramatic. The air is crisp, clean and invigorating. The sights bring to mind the words of the old song from a movie of the same name: "On a clear day, you can see forever."

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