Kitzbühel was founded in the Middle Ages as a copper mining settlement. As with anything of any value, the Romans showed up around 15BC and held their position until about 800AD. After that, Kitzbühel begins its history in the Germanic, Bavarian, and Austrian worlds, often changing from ruler to ruler.

Today, Kitzbühel is a world class jet-setting city admired for its incredible ski slopes that have been home to many Olympian athletes. Kitzbühel is situated at the base of the Hahnenkamm mountain (5616 ft, 1712 m) and Kitzbühler Horn (6548 ft.). 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 which is counted as one of the toughest downhill competitions in the world.

The outdoors are where it is at in Kitzbühel, whether in winter or summer there is always something to do.

If you are not the outdoor type, maybe a little shopping will do at these incredible, local stores:

Kaspar Frauenschuh for beautiful Austrian traditional fashion.

Daleboot for ski shoes that made to measure, now that’s exclusive!

Trachten Couture Eder is another beautiful haberdashery of Austrian goods.

Helmut Eder is a modern approach to fashion.

For a relatively small city, Kitzbühel boats a number of luxurious 5-star spas and hotels. It's a veritable wellness heaven. So unpack that robe and slippers and head to: 

Grand Tirolia Golf and Ski Resort for a high-end hotel with a mountain views, golf, and complete spa amenities.

Hotel Weisses Rössl Kitzbuhel for a sophisticated spa and ultra-luxe suites you'll never want to leave.

Relais & Chateaux Tennerhof Gourmet & Spa de Charme Hotel for a posh experience with high-end dining and a fully equipped spa.