Kitzbühel


Toni Sailer? Hansi Hinterseer? Alfons Walde? There are many opinions on who is Kitzbühel's most famous son, but everybody agrees that this village in the east of Tirol is one of the most well-known ski resorts in the world.

Kitzbühel has many famous sons. So who could be considered the most well-known of them all? Maybe Toni Sailer, the Black Blitz, who ruled the pistes and then became a film star. Or Hansi Hinterseer, also a successful ski racer and today a folk music hero whose dashing good looks and dazzling smile make him a hit with the ladies even at the age of 60.

And yet, as famous as they both are, the most typical of all Kitzbühel’s residents must surely have been the painter Alfons Walde (1891-1958). In his works he captured the rise of Kitzbühel from a mountain village to an international wintersports destination and also contributed to the town’s reputation around the world. He produced many postcards and posters depicting the surrounding landscape in winter – an artistic endeavour that made him popular with the masses but for many decades also attracted criticism within the art world. Today, however, all of Walde’s works are recognised for their high artistic quality, regardless of whether they were originally painted for the gallery or the living room wall.

In many ways, Kitzbühel still offers everything Walde painted: fashionable winter guests depicted in his 1927 work “Mondäne Wintergäste” showing two ladies in fur coats, a glistening winter landscape with deep snow and craggy peaks, and daring sportsmen and women hurtling down the slopes at high speed. By the way, Walde was also responsible for designing the iconic chamois logo today famous around the world thanks to the ski races held here in January.


The Hahnenkamm ski races on the Streif and the Ganslernhang are not only among the most challenging in the FIS Ski World Cup but are also the occasion for a huge party weekend drawing the international jetset to Tirol., © Kitzbühel Tourismus
Piste and party

The Hahnenkamm ski races on the Streif and the Ganslernhang are not only among the most challenging in the FIS Ski World Cup but are also the occasion for a huge party weekend drawing the international jetset to Tirol.

A week before the Hahnenkamm ski races Kitzbühel hosts the world’s largest winter polo tournament – an expensive undertaking for the participants but free of charge for guests wanting to watch the action., © Kitzbühel Tourismus
Exclusive riding, free viewing

A week before the Hahnenkamm ski races Kitzbühel hosts the world’s largest winter polo tournament – an expensive undertaking for the participants but free of charge for guests wanting to watch the action.

Athletes participating in the Tour of Austria each July must climb the feared Kitzbüheler Horn at an altitude of almost 2,000m. With a length of 7km and slopes of up to 22%, this iconic ascent forms part of the prestigious queen’s stage and pushes even the world’s best climbers to their limits., © Michael Werlberger
Pedal power

Athletes participating in the Tour of Austria each July must climb the feared Kitzbüheler Horn at an altitude of almost 2,000m. With a length of 7km and slopes of up to 22%, this iconic ascent forms part of the prestigious queen’s stage and pushes even the world’s best climbers to their limits.

Kitzbühel has hosted international tennis tournaments for over 70 years, including the ATP-ranked Austrian Open., © Kitzbühel Tourismus
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Kitzbühel has hosted international tennis tournaments for over 70 years, including the ATP-ranked Austrian Open.

Lake Schwarzsee is not only one of the warmest swimming lakes in the Alps but is also very healthy thanks to its rich moorland vegetation. The historic lido complex on the shoreline is a protected building., © Tirol Werbung/Andrew Phleps
Healing powers

Lake Schwarzsee is not only one of the warmest swimming lakes in the Alps but is also very healthy thanks to its rich moorland vegetation. The historic lido complex on the shoreline is a protected building.

There are four golf courses in Kitzbühel and a further 30 in the surrounding area, making the region a haven for ambitious amateurs looking to work on their handicap., © Michael Werlberger
Fore or four?

There are four golf courses in Kitzbühel and a further 30 in the surrounding area, making the region a haven for ambitious amateurs looking to work on their handicap.

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