Newest Review: ... local train station in the centre of the town. My wife was very apprehensive about this, as on a previous visit to Switzerland in the 19... more
Member Name: growler
Date: 12/07/00, updated on 12/07/00 (2466 review reads)
Advantages: Beautiful scenery, good food, good transportation links to other areas.
Disadvantages: Mac Donalds. No laundrett
Kitzbuhel to its left has the Kitzbuhel Horn, identified by its television mast (raising the height to 1,800 meters) and to its right the Hannenkamm (where the race takes place) both accessable by ski gondolas.
From the horn you will be able to see the Wilder Kaiser mountain range with its snow caps and scree slides. Nesteling at the botton is the town of St Johann which has a really cool tobogan run in the summer. In St Johann you will also find the Huberbrau Brewery which is excellent for lunch and good value as well. The restaurant is on the top floor which gives good views over the town itself. St Johann is reachable by either walking (about 1.5 hours from Kitzbuhel) by bicycle (which you can hire from all main train stations about £6 per day) or by bus or train.
The main bus terminus in Kitzbuhel is at the bottom of the Hannenkamm and Kitzbuhel has two railway stations, one at either end of the town.
From the Hannankamm top there are various mountain walks taking you to either Aurach or Kirchberg and the degrees of severity are clearly signposted.
For those who don't like strenious walking, then stay at the bottom of the valley. Walk with the flow of the river and you can get to St Johann, walk against the flow and you can reach Westerndorf with its schnapps factory.
The tourist office in Kitzbuhel is not one of the friendliest places but they can give you specific dates of the HARLEY DAVIDSON FESTIVAL when up to 3,000 HDs descend on the town,(a sight to see and hear) the FEUERFEST when the Firebrigade open their doors for a beer festival and the biggest event of all the STADTFEST, when the town centre turn
s into a huge beer festival with live bands, entertainers, side shows etc etc. In fact time your visit well to Austria and you could hit a Stadtfest every day of your stay.
Kitzbuhel is not a cheep town. To eat at reasonable prices try the Mexican situated in the back street opposite the Casino, or the Huberbrau in the main street or even better still any of the supermarkets who's Deli counters will make up filled rolls for you from any of the meats, cheeses or salads that they have on display. Of an evening there are loads of places to try but most hotels are half board as opposed to room only. For drinks after dinner the "Black Katz" is a good bet as is the "Mexican restaurant/bar" or the Londoner with its Ausi staff and tartan wallpaper. All the bars are more or less situated around the town pedestrian area.
The sports centre offers indoor swimming if you don't fancy the lake (Schwartzsee) as well as sauna, massage, steam baths and other facilities to ease those aching limbs from all the walking/cycling/swimming/hangliding/toboganing/sig htseeing etc that you have the opportunity to do.
The best place to change your money is with any tour company rep, don't ask me why but it is true.
A holiday in Kitzbuhel is what you make it, the facilities are available and it is up to you to utilise them to the full. I spent 2 years there and I am definatly going back.
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