Even though winter is already gone here in Berlin and Spring is knocking on our doors inviting us out to stroll down the Spree or riding bikes through the city we have a wonderful Winter escape recommendation for you not to miss.
Actually it’s more a Spring escape, but never mind. Because any season you decide to escape the big city lights of Berlin for beautiful Kitzbühel will be most enjoyable. This little town has so much to offer that we repeated our trip from last year to get to know a much more sporty side of the idyllic mountain city. After the jump you will find some detailed recommendations and tons of beautiful mountain photos that will melt your arid city heart and make you wish to go for a skiing trip right away.
1. Skiing &Snowboarding
Kitzbühel was recently nominated the best ski area worldwide. And even if this might overshoot the mark a little, and I would have a hard time to proof it by checking out all the other areas, it is true that skiing in Kitzbühel is pretty close to perfect. All lifts are the highest standards and no waiting lines at any time. Also, all slopes are in perfect condition. Quantity-wise, the Kitzbühel area has not only one big ski area to offer, but there are actually two full functioning areas with different slopes and beautiful landscapes to ski through. Combine this with perfect weather condition for skiing from November to April and there you are screaming and jumping of happiness into the pure white. Did we mention it was pretty close to perfect?
2. Freeride Adventures
For the more expert ski bunnies out there, Kitzbühel has also quite a lot of crazy freeride adventures to offer. Supported by professional guides from the Alpine experts we had a small immersion in the freeride world and are totally hooked on this adrenaline pumping experience.
Kitzbühel has the reputation of being a chic and fashionable mountain hot spot. What we didn’t know is that there is some nice cultural happenings going on that will give your mountain trip the little special something. A small cinema in the city center, a cute museum showing vintage photography exhibitions and a beautiful library are just some of the nice discoveries we had while strolling through the village.
Last two photos by Hans Rudolf Uthoff, thanks to the Kitzbühelmuseum
What better reason to leave smoggy Berlin then a healthy nature immersion. Well, Kitzbühel has not only great landscapes for skiers, but also wonderful walking paths and observations decks spread all over the area. For a fresh breath, a smooth skin and some relaxed moments outside the daily hassle we recommend you to sit on a bench or a canvas chair and just relax.
You will not only get your health up by breathing clean air but also, by enjoying great sustainable and local food. Austria is well known for amazing dishes, but we were surprised by the high quality of the food not only in town, but also up in the mountain cabins, where we stopped for lunch during our skiing excursions. Especially the cabin called Hornköpfl amazed us since the dishes were not the only hot thing going on there (blink blink).
A good night sleep is more then essential after spending the whole day sporting through snow and ice. We had the pleasure to stay at Hotel Gamshof, which is a good choice if you like high standards combined with a mountain charm. No snobby attitudes and friendly hosts make this hotel a welcoming home for mountain enthusiast.
7. Family & Friends
The best thing about leaving town for some skiing adventure, is the quality time you spend with your family and friends. Sharing some slopes with my sister who joined us was reminiscent of our childhood days. And not having our parents around bothering us, helped to fight less and love each other a little more. So my final recommendation to make your Kitzbühel-trip as perfect as mine: Grab some lovely friends or family members and head into the mountains. You will see that your city problems will be less severe and that you will be able to laugh about your fears and concerns and maybe even leave some worries behind.
Finally it is up to you which of these highlights you are going to experience. Don’t miss our last Kitzbühel guide where we presented some other excursions and wellness-tips and hopefully we inspired you to enjoy Kitzbühel one day soon.