Winter Magic In Kitzbühel, Austria

December 7, 2015 6

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Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

What comes to your mind when I speak of winter magic in the Austrian Alps? Yes, snow covered mountains and picturesque little towns nested in between high mountain ranges. Well I can offer you all of that in today’s post. Maybe not as much snow as expected, but I’ll top that with fantastic sunshine and stark blue skies. How about that deal? So if you are ready for a very sunny winter magic getaway to the Austrian Alps, follow me to the quaint town of Kitzbühel in Tyrol, western Austria.

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel is small town in Tyrol with roughly 8,500 inhabitants and is located a fair 2-hours train ride from Munich. I set off on Friday evening and spent a full weekend in this little town known as one of the most popular ski and winter resorts in the Alps. Kitzbühel is known internationally for its annual World Cup ski race, the Hahnenkammrennen (rooster’s comb race), one of the most difficult race courses worldwide. But Kitzbühel is also known for its glamorous lifestyle with top notch hotels, restaurants, luxurious shops and wealthy guests. But these are only two aspects of Kitzbühel – the beautiful little town has way more to offer and caters to every tourist: breathtaking landscapes, picturesque architecture, a vivid tradition and outdoor activities for everyone, in winter and in summer.

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

My Kitzbühel weekend was above all a very sunny one. I checked-in in the famous Sporthotel Reisch which used to be one of the hotels of some of the biggest ski legends. The rooms have been recently renovated and are named after ski legends, the design is very contemporary with details pointing to the rich sport history and local tradition. And the hotel’s restaurant is fantastic – I had the best dinner in a long time last Saturday (a fantastic tuna sashimi with avocado purée, a roast saddle of venison with chestnuts, mushrooms, cranberries and semolina dumplings and Brussels sprouts, and crepes filled with apricot jam). Another fantastic hotel is the Kitzhof. I visited its lobby and lounge area and loved the modern design with Alpine details.

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Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

The town is pretty compact and small and you can easily walk everything. The center is dotted with small squares and lovely alleys, shopping streets and medieval architecture. Three churches are in walking distance from each other, a museum features relics from the settlement’s long history, contemporary art from local artists (I loved the exhibition of the local painter Alfons Walde) and currently a special exhibition about the Alpine World Cup.

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel, Nikolaus, Krampus, Saint Nicholas

December is a wonderful period to be in Kitzbühel. The city center features a lovely Christmas market with mulled wine, gingerbread and local handicraft and the last weekend was very special as the annual Saint Nicholas event took place. The Austrian Santa Claus in Saint Nicholas and pulls into town on a horse carriage followed by hordes of Krampus, a sort of devilish companion who punishes naughty kids. The tradition is very old in the Alpine region and all places have their own ceremonies and guilds creating ghastly masks and costumes for this event.

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Beside the town itself and its rich tradition, it is certainly the surrounding landscape that captivates its visitors most. Kitzbühel is nestled between the Kitzbüheler Horn (1,996 m) and the Hahnenkamm (1,712 m) with stunning views of the rocky mountain range named Wilder Kaiser. No matter if you visit in summer or winter, if you ski or if you just walk around, I strongly recommend a ride up to the Hahnenkamm peak with the cable car – the views are magnificent and you can enjoy great food and drinks at the restaurant ‘Bei Tomschy’ with one of the highest wine cellars in Austria. Another highlight is a drive up to the opposite side of the mountains and a visit to ‘Rosi’s Sonnbergstuben’, a restaurant and guest rooms on 1,200 m altitude overlooking Kitzbühel and the southern mountain ranges with one of the probably sunniest terraces – so be warned, on a sunny day it can get really packed up there but the view is so worth it! Another good address is the Steuerberg Inn with green meadows and beautiful panoramic views of the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Wilder Kaiser mountain range. Take it all in!

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Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

As you can see, Kitzbühel has lots to offer. And it is beyond the common clichés – it is a fab place to spend either relaxed or active days, in winter or in summer, taste delicious traditional Alpine food (don’t forget to taste the yummy Kaiserschmarrn, a cut-up pancake with icing sugar and apple sauce). Kitzbühel is a gem in the Austrian Alps and if you ever end up in this corner of Europe, I recommend a visit. You won’t regret it.

Kitzbühel, Austria, Tyrol, Travel Tips, Alps, Winter Travel Tips, Visit Kitzbühel, Hotel Tips Kitzbühel, Restaurant Tips Kitzbühel

Thanks to Kitzbühel Tourism for the invitation to discover their wonderful little town. My opinion remains my own and I truly enjoyed every bit of it.

Photography by Igor Josifovic

This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with Kitzbühel Tourism

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  • Reply The hygge journal December 7, 2015 at 09:53

    This looks exactly how I pictured Tyrol. My mother used to go there a lot as a child, and I remember the pictures from then.
    Austria is one of the places I have yet to visit, I am sure I could find a lot of HYGGE there 😉

    Have fun my friend A xxx

    • Reply Igor December 7, 2015 at 10:43

      Oh certainly yes, especially during the cosy wintertime there’s a lot of Alpine HYGGE going on there:-)

  • Reply Ricarda December 8, 2015 at 09:19

    Das sieht traumhaft aus und die Hotels sehen super schön aus! Ist es so gediegen gemütlich wie ich es mir vorstelle? Und falls Du noch kein Weihnachtsgeschenk für mich hast – so ein Jäckchen von Moncler könnt ich noch gut gebrauchen ;). Liebe Grüße, Ricarda

    • Reply Igor December 8, 2015 at 09:59

      Ja, also ich fand es ja sehr schön dort, das Wetter hat mich ja auch verwöhnt, obwohl ich mich eher gesonnt hab auf den Sonnenterrassen als im Schnee zu stapfen! Die Hotels waren top. Ich war im Sporthotel Reisch und das war wirklich ausgezeichnet, schöne, neu renovierte Zimmer, eine ausgezeichnete Küche und sehr, sehr guter Service. Ein richtiger Familienbetrieb. Das Hotel Kitzhof hab ich nur kurz besucht, da ich mir das Interior Design des Loungebereichs anschauen wollte – das sah vom Design her super aus! Wie die Zimmer und der Service sind, kann ich nicht bewerten. Und Moncler…na ja, vielleicht reicht’s eher für eine Ausgabe von Monocle LOL

  • Reply Gabrielle December 9, 2015 at 09:40

    Wait one more month to see how those mountains look covered with snow. They’re amazing. Austria during winter is like heaven. Cold but amazing.

    • Reply Igor December 14, 2015 at 10:21

      I agree Gabrielle! I was born and raised in Austria and the snow-covered Alps are just an amazing sight!!

  • Reply Julie~FurnishMyWay December 11, 2015 at 18:02

    What gorgeous photos! This must have been an incredible trip! I really love the holiday decor you feature here, especially the tree decorated with antlers. That would be a great decor idea for those who own a lot of antlers, and have rustic style decor! The food and decor you pictured all look amazing. Again, your photos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your trip with us!
    Julie~FurnishMyWay

    • Reply Igor December 11, 2015 at 18:13

      Thank you very much Julie! Kitzbühel is indeed a fab place to spend a few days enjoying the mountains and the season – whether it’s summer or winter!

  • Reply mel December 14, 2015 at 07:05

    Oh I so loved reading this post Igor. It took me back to my days in Bad Gastein. I completely forgot about the scary Christmas tradition until I saw it on IG. Haha, I was terrified, my work took me out for dinner and I was completely taken by surprise by those Krampus! I adore Austria, it’s such a beautiful country and can’t wait to visit again, Tyrol is on the list! M x

    • Reply Igor December 14, 2015 at 10:22

      Thank you Mel! It is quite a beautiful area indeed. But you know, when you live in an area you always seem to forget about the beauty that lies just before you:-) Oh and if you ever visit this part of Europe, let me know!!

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