In January, the Hahnenkamm World Cup Downhill has a festive air and the kind of regional significance that compares to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona or Mardi Gras in New Orleans – it’s a great time to be in Kitzbühel. The rest of the season, the town serves an abundance of winter charm, the storybook winter wonderland complete with narrow streets, candles burning in the windows, and the constant jingle of bells on horse-drawn sleighs. World-class skiing, endless nightlife, and romantic, Old- World charm draw an elite international crowd that can be likened to the rich and famous who frequent Aspen or Vail – but at about half the cost. The most famous holiday resort in the Austrian Tyrol. Lying 800 meters above sea-level, it's surrounding scenery breathtaking and the town itself, which is some 700 years old, is full of charm. Visitors of Kitzbühel are offered the opportunity to practice all kinds of sports and hobbies and enjoy traditional entertainment.
All this has made Kitzbühel famous worldwide. Over a century ago, in the winter of 1892, skiing began in Kitzbühel. The most famous skier of all time, Toni Sailer is now the director of the ""Red Devils"" ski school, one of six ski schools and lives in ""Kitz"". Each year the spectacular ""Hahnenkamm Downhill"" is staged and thousands of excited spectators crowd the ""Streif"" to cheer on the fearless downhill skiers. The new snow making facilities on the Streif, guarantee excellent snow conditions. 56 lifts run in and around the town joining the various peaks but for the ever-increasing number of non-skiers who holiday in Kitzbühel, a never-ending amount of activities are offered including miles of pathways through the surrounding countryside for walkers; a skating rink, curling alleys, the ""Aquarena"" which houses two excellent swimming pools, a sauna, a solarium, as well as a massage center, a casino and indoor tennis courts.The following scheduled excursions are available locally: Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich, Venice, and Rattenberg. For those who have come to enjoy the ""aprés-ski"" and evening entertainment, Kitzbühel is the place. Come experience genuine Tyrolean ""Gemütlichkeit"" in Kitzbühel.