The magnificent medieval town of Kitzbuhel combines a breath-taking mountain backdrop with majestic monochrome architecture in order to create the ultimate picture of provincial perfection. The soaring spires of the principal church compete with the snow-capped peaks for attention, adding to the awe-inspiring quality of Kitzbuhel’s aesthetic. In winter, the town is covered in a blanket of snow, making it an ideal place to enjoy outdoor sports and absorb the romanticism of the area. When the summer sun melts to frozen snow, incredible hiking trails are revealed, some of which are considered to be Germany’s most scenic and sublime.
An integral activity on any alpine itinerary is an energetic exploration of the 500km of hiking trails around the town. The Kitzbuhel Pastures Hiking Trail will leads wanderers through a gentle array of grassy paths, flower filled meadows and picturesque pastures. Panoramic vistas of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner, are a hiking highlight while rugged glacial peaks and views of the verdant valley will also prove an aesthetic delight.
Housed in the historic former granary, Kitzbuhel’s Town Museum provides a fascinating insight into the town’s intriguing historical legacy. Vaulted ceilings and rustic décor contribute to the palpable sense of the past, while excellent exhibitions provide insight into an interesting agricultural and industrial heritage.
A fine meal is always required to satisfy an appetite borne from energetic excursions, and no place serves finer food than the Kupferstube, a decadent and delightful diner guaranteed to impress. The menu is an opulent array of delectable dishes, the highlights of which include baked lobster, trout with champagne foam and Osietra caviar. (Pasquali GmbH & Co. KG, Griesenauweg 26, 6370 Kitzbühel, Austria)