Kitzbuhel is one of the most fascinating towns in the Alps. With it’s
historical town centre, exciting shopping, and top quality hotels and
restaurants, Kitzbuhel is a real all-rounder with character and charm.
On the top of that the region boasts fantastic mountains that are
assured of snow and 1001 ways to relax or become active. In winter and
in summer, visitors from all over the world find just what they are
looking for - white holiday highlights and delightful experiences - on
the mountain peaks and lakes, in the fine restaurants, little coffee
shops and bars, in the discos, the casino or the cinema, or simply with
friends, in an intimate twosome or even alone with Kitzbuhel as the
The medieval town from Tyrol is situated along the river Kitzbuhler
Ache, and is the administrative center of the district (Bezirk)
Kitzbuhel’s average elevation is 762 meters above sea level. It is one
of Austria’s best known and fanciest winter sport resorts, situated
between the mountains Hahnenkamm (1712 m) and Kitzbuhler Horn (1996 m).
The Hahnenkamm is home of the annual world cup ski races, including the
circuit’s most important event, the downhill race on the famous Streif
slope. During summer time Kitzbuhel also hosts an ATP tennis tournament
The city is also home to the historic Grand Hotel Kitzbühel, a private
resort, training and conference facility owned and operated by the
worldwide management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Access to
the Grand Hotel is generally limited to members and alumni of the firm
and their families.
The history of Kitzbuhel:
First known settlers between 1100 BC and 800 BC were Illyrians mining copper in the hills near Kitzbuhel.
Around 15 BC the Roman Emperor Augustus occupied the Alps and
proclaimed the province Noricum. After the fall of the western Roman
Empire, Bavarii settled in the Kitzbuhel region around 800 and started
In the 12th century the name Chizbuhel is mentioned for the first time
in a document of the Chiemsee monastery. Chizzo relates to a Bavarii
clan, Bühel describes the location of the settlement upon a hill.
Kitzbuhel became part of Upper Bavaria in 1255. Duke Louis II. granted
Kitzbuhel the rights of a city on June 6, 1271, and it was fortified
with mighty city walls. During the next centuries the city became a
center of trade, grew steadily and never was affected by wars. So the
city walls were razed at the level of the first floor and used for
building new houses.
When Margarete Maultasch married Bavarii Duke Louis V the Brandenburger
in 1342, Kitzbühel became part of Tyrol. After the Peace of Schärding
1369 it was given back to Bavaria. On June 30, 1504 Kitzbuhel became
part of Tyrol again when Austrian Emperor Maximilian conquered
Kitzbuhel and Kufstein.
Maximilian took mortgage on Kitzbuhel, and so at the end of 16th
century it came under the rule of the Counts of Lamberg. On May 1, 1840
Kitzbuhel was given to the state of Austria in a ceremony.
The wars of the 18. and 19th century didn’t reach the city, whereas
some inhabitants participated in the Tyrolean rebellion against
Napoleon. Kitzbuhel once more became part of Bavaria after the Treaty
of Pressburg, but was reunited with Tyrol after the fall of Napoleon,
at the Congress of Vienna.
When Emperor Franz Joseph finally resolved the remaining constitutional
uncertainties, the citys trade and industry flourished. Also during
World War I and World War II Kitzbühel was lucky to remain far from the
areas of war.