09 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Kitzbühel
1. Alpine Flower Garden Kitzbühel Horn
Known as the most attractive mountain garden in Europe, the beautiful Alpine Garden is located on the Kitzbüheler Horn at an altitude of 1,880 metres, minutes away from the summit and the Gipfelhaus. The attraction covers more than 20,000 square meters of mountains and is home to more than 300 different species of plants from all over the world.
Specimens are clearly labeled with details of their original habitats, and include rarities from the local region as well as the Caucasus, Pyrenees, and Himalayas. Apart from learning more about the plant life in the area, you will also be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding area. Guided tours and guidebooks are available in English.
2. Museum Kitzbühel
An excellent local museum in the city’s old granary, Kitzbühel Museum (Museum der Stadt Kitzbühel) is well worth a visit. Focusing on the region’s rich history, including its popularity as an important ski destination, many of its offerings include Tyrolean folk art objects and ancient mine finds.
Its large art collection includes more than 60 paintings and 100 drawings by Alphonse Valdi, whose colorful images of mountains helped lure the world’s rich and famous to the region’s slopes. Many other winter sports-themed artwork is also on display. Also worth seeing are a number of sporting artifacts, including iron sleds, antique sledges, and performances of star athletes associated with the area. Guided tours are available.
3. Splash about on the Schwarzsee
Those who enjoy a slower, more relaxed pace should visit the Schwarzsee, a charming little lake located just three kilometers northwest of Kitzbühel. Named for its deep green waters – an influence attributed to its bog environment, which also results in mineral-rich waters – the Schwarzsee is great for swimming, sunbathing and fishing. It’s also popular for those who enjoy people-powered boats, such as canoeing and kayaking (rowing boats are available for rent).
This beautiful tree-lined 15-acre lake is known for having some of the warmest waters in the Alps, with temperatures reaching up to 27°C in the height of summer. The Schwarzsee is also included in many of the area’s walking routes, making it a great place to stop off on a lakeside picnic. Thanks to the nature reserves located here, nature lovers also visit this place frequently.
Just north of the Kitzbühel parish church is another interesting place of worship, the small two-storey Our Lady’s Church (Liebfrauenkirche). The lower church was built in 1373, while the upper church is famous for its fine ceiling painting from 1739 depicting the Coronation of the Virgin. Other notable features include its fine Rococo lattice from 1781 and its fine organ and grand bell from 1518.
Another church worth visiting is the Gothic St. Catherine’s Church Kathrinenkirche, built in the 14th century and now a war memorial. Interior highlights include a box window on the south wall, a carved figure of Our Lady from the 15th century, and a winged altar from 1520.
5. Fun for Kids: Wildpark Urach
A fun game for travelers with kids or those interested in animals includes a visit to Urach Wild Park. Although it’s an easy (and scenic) four-kilometer drive from Kitzbühel, many visitors to the area will undoubtedly choose to hike this popular wildlife park. However, it is located at an altitude of over 1,100 metres, so there may be some climbs involved depending on your fitness level.
All told, more than 200 animals call the nearly 100 acres home, including native species like deer, wild boar, and lynx, as well as many exotic species, including llamas, yaks, and kangaroos—even mountain monkeys. . In open habitats to ensure a natural environment.
A highlight, especially for kids, is the petting zoo, where they can get a taste of pet care at feeding time. It’s definitely fun watching the little ones interact with everything from donkeys to goats to bunnies (meal time is 2:30pm). There is also a nice cafe on site with a lovely patio offering views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Other fun things to do for families include Elmi’s Magical World. This mountaintop attraction is truly a giant adventure playground with themed areas like a rainforest and an exploration mine. There is also a restaurant with stunning views of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains.
Also of interest is the copper mining museum, Schaubergwerk Kupferplatte, a few minutes drive south, a highlight of which is a ride on the original narrow underground mining train, opportunity there. For older kids and teens looking for some indoor fun, check out the Pinball Museum in nearby Oberndorf, just seven minutes north of Kitzbühel. There is also an old style restaurant on site.
6. Take a Side Trip to St. Johann in Tirol
A popular summer and winter sports resort, it is famous for its vertical slopes over 1000 meters high. A number of cableways run south from the Kitzbühler Horn, which are generally less crowded slopes ideal for beginners and intermediates.
When you’re not on the slopes, spend some time exploring the many fine examples of Baroque architecture that have survived, many of which now operate as boutique shops, galleries, cafes, or restaurants. Also noteworthy is Maria Himmelfert’s parish church. Completed in 1728, highlights include its beautiful stucco and ceiling paintings, as well as a beautiful fresco in the dome from 1803.
Another church worth visiting is the Spitalkirche in Der Wittau, known for its 18th-century Rococo interior and 15th-century stained glass window. The City Museum (Museum der Marktgemeinde St. Johann in Tirol) is also worth a visit, especially for its art gallery.
7. The Town of Fieberbrunn
Famous health resort and winter resort Fieberbrunn is located about 22 km east of Kitzbühel, in the Pillersee-Ache valley. Although a less crowded ski destination than Kitzbühel, Fieberbrunn offers many excellent opportunities for winter sports enthusiasts. Its most famous slopes include the 1,660-meter Lärchfilzkogel, which is well-served by numerous chairlifts.
In summer, it’s 4.5 hours from the city center). Another peak worth visiting in winter or summer is Lärchfilz-Hochalm (1,364m). A short drive north of Fieberbrunn, on the road to Waidring, is the Pillersee, a mountain lake at the foot of the Loferer Steinberge known for its majestic skies. Celebrities and trails
8. The Kitzbühel Alps: Grosser Galtenberg and Salzachgeier
Bordering the foothills of the Tux, and separated from the Hohe Tauern by the Pinzgau Valley, a valley of the Salzach River, the Kitzbühel Alps are a wonderfully mountainous region to explore and only an hour’s drive from Kitzbühel itself. The largest schist in Austria, it stretches for about 100 km in a series of gently rounded peaks, with treeless alpine meadows or sparse forests descending from the peaks into numerous longitudinal and transverse valleys. Which ensures its popularity among snowboarders.
The Kitzbühel are the highest peaks in the Alps and the most striking massifs are found at the western end of the range, part of a ridge extending east from 2,558m Kreuzjoch near Gerlos, and from a secluded lake, around the gorged hollow. The Grosser Galtenberg of 2425m nears Alpbach and Torhelm of 2495m before heading north through various lower peaks in the Salzachgeier at 2470m. A variety of guided hiking and climbing tours are available for the more experienced, from full-day adventures to three- or four-day excursions.
9. Wildseeloder and the House on the Hill
Another peak worth exploring in the Kitzbühel Alps is the Wildseloder with stunning views of the eastern side of this majestic mountain range. At 2,177m, the Wildselöder isn’t the region’s highest peak, but it’s popular for relatively easy walks (at least compared to some of the higher peaks), including an ascent from the village of Fyberburn. Wildsloderhaus.
Affectionately known among locals and regular hikers for its stunning views, it was built in 1892 as a climbing hut for tourists and climbers. This is a great way to start your trek, as it offers stunning views of the peaks from all sides, or overnight. Best of all, it can be reached by cable car to Lärchfilzkogel, followed by an hour or so of walking. Other fun things to do here include swimming (despite the cold) or canoeing in Wildsea Lake itself