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Welcome to Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel

Among Austrian holiday resorts, Kitzbühel is the most commercial, glamorous and expensive. The beautiful alpine town of Kitzbühel, which dates back to the 9th century, has remained fairly unspoilt; in the winter holiday season you will hear the jingle of bells as a horse-drawn sleigh is pulled through Kitzbühel's cobbled, traffic-free town centre.

There is an extensive and varied skiing area offering excellent skiing and snowboarding, both on and off-piste, but be prepared for a lack of snow in places. Due to Kitzbühel's low altitude, the lower slopes are rarely open. If the skiing doesn't tire you out while on holiday in Kitzbühel, the nightlife certainly will. The atmosphere is bright, boisterous and fun and doesn't stop till the not-quite-so-early hours. Kitzbühel is also Austria's winter entertainment capital and attracts performers from all over the continent throughout the holiday season.


Information & Facts

Activities

Even non-skiers can find plenty to do on holiday in Kitzbühel, like ballooning, curling, hang-gliding, skating, hikes, snowmobiling or even just playing billiards. in Kitzbühel there is gambling at the casino, art galleries to browse, concerts to attend, movies and an alpine zoo. Highlights of the winter holiday season are the Christmas Market and New Year's Eve party.

Kitzbühel is also well known as a spa centre and is full of health farms, while the public baths in town offer a multitude of amenities including sauna, steam bath, swimming and massage. The picturesque, historic town itself offers plenty to see while on holiday, with its medieval houses, stylish shops and beautiful old churches.

Visitors can also take short excursions to the museums in the area, which include the Cable Car Museum at the Hahnenkamm Mountain Station, the Farmhouse Museum and Mining Museum.

Language
The official language in Austria is German.
Money

The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change available in all towns, but it may be easier to use the ATMs. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but exchange offices at airports and major city rail terminals are open seven days a week. Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted though some small hotels and restaurants may only accept cash. Travellers cheques are also accepted.

Negatives

The ski schools in Kitzbuhel can be quite expensive.

Nightlife

Kitzbühel is a very lively holiday resort with plenty of bars and nightclubs to suit all pockets and preferences. For many Brits, the evening begins early at the The Londoner - the famous après-ski bar renowned for its lethal cocktails. Take 5 and Royal are nightclubs in the town square that stay open until dawn. Visitors wishing to try their luck on the tables will find the Casino Kitzbühel at the Hotel Goldener Grief. New Year is a great time for a skiing trip to Kitzbühel with one of the best fireworks displays in the Alps. Nightlife in Kitzbühel goes very late, often not getting busy until nearly 2am.

Restaurants

Kitzbühel has a wide choice of restaurants both on the ski slopes and in the holiday resort, and the quality is generally excellent. Of all the mountain restaurants, the Neuwirt in the Schwarzer Adler hotel is among the most popular. The Chizzo also provides fine dining in one of the oldest buildings in Kitzbühel.

Shopping

Kitzbühel is a shopper's paradise, with dozens of upmarket shops displaying their wares very appealingly in the quaint Tyrolean village stores. Window-shopping is almost as satisfying as buying while on holiday. Ski shops dominate, of course, but there are plenty of designer boutiques, jewellery stores and souvenir shops in Kitzbühel. Prices are steep, but discounts are sometimes offered to those carrying guest cards from Kitzbühel hotels. Visitors can also enquire at their hotels about shopping excursions into Italy.

Time
Local time in Austria is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
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