Kitzbühel Lodging and Accommodations
Written by Jack Lee
The place to stay while skiing Kitzbühel is the Hotel Rasmushof, at the base of the slopes right next to the Hahnenkamm finish line. This stunning chalet with 49 rooms is owned by the great granddaughter of Franz Reisch, the first to ski Kitzbühel in 1893. Half board at this beautiful four-star hotel includes a bountiful Austrian skier’s breakfast buffet and dinner in their lovely wood beamed dining room that affords a view of the slopes. Indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and spa, plus ski room with boot dryer, provide all the niceties skiers hope for. Hotel Rasmushof has a beautiful bar and lounge, with outdoor seating – on sheepskin blankets.
From Hotel Rasmushof, it’s a pretty walk to the medieval “Old Town”, passing Legends Park that pays homage to Kitzbuhel’s ski founders and lists the winners of the Hahnenkamm. The shopping in Kitzbühel is very high end – top boutiques - Bogner, Hugo Boss, Gucci, Moncler, Prada as well as more authentic Austrian ski shops Sportalm, Toni Sailer and Franz Prader, next to lively après ski bars on Franz Reich Street. People watching in the snowy pedestrian cobblestone streets of Kitzbuhel’s 700-year old city is fantastic, fancy furs to sloppy skiers in boots heading to their hotel after schnapps shots. You can visit famed local ski racer Toni Sailer’s grave at the beautiful church above the village, and great views of this north south valley.
Kitzbühel’s skiing is huge, with 54 cable cars and lifts, 209 km of well-groomed slopes including the famous Streif, where the annual Hahnenkamm that takes place every year. Staying at Hotel Rasmushof you are literally at the finish line and steps to ski school, ski shops, and the ski lifts of this top Austrian ski resort.
If Switzerland’s Jungfrau has its Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau peaks, then Kitzbühel has its Hahnenkamm, Kitzbüheler Horn and Wilder Kaiser (wild king). The “town of the chamois”, as Kitzbühel is nicknamed and marketed with their iconic sheep logo, is easy to access by car, bus, and train, within two hours of Munich, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. Kitzbühel Valley is also home to SkiWelt - the largest in Austria, and Alpbach / Wildschőnau– now called Ski Juwel, all part of Austria's Tyrol.