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Kitzbuhel: A Tyrolean Alpine Gem, by Journey Writers

By Margot Black

On our journey to expertise the very best of the Alps and bucket-list mountain climbing alternatives we visited Kitzbuhel for 3 wonderful days. This fashionable mountain resort is situated 20 miles south of the German-Austrian border within the western Austrian province of Tyrol. As a member of the distinguished “Better of the Alps” assortment, Kitzbuhel has been some of the famend worldwide year-round locations for sports activities and recreation for many years.

Located towards the majestic backdrop of the Kitzbuheler Horn, Wilder Kaiser and the Hahnenkamm mountains, it is the place we found a few of Austria’s most beautiful alpine surroundings. This can be a postcard-pretty land the place you’ll be able to discover undulating hills and rugged peaks interspersed with lush pastures and serene sun-drenched lakes.

Our household was grateful to be launched to Kitzbuhel’s deeply rooted sports activities custom. Within the wintertime it’s a posh mountain escape the place jetsetters can get pleasure from a few of the most legendary snowboarding within the Alps. However even after the snow melts there is a distinctive combination of sports activities and actions to maintain you entertained. With greater than magnificent mountain climbing trails — the primary within the alpine area to be awarded a European mountain climbing high quality seal — Kitzbuhel is a pure wonderland for hikers. Lake swimming, {golfing}, paragliding and biking are extra methods to get pleasure from this alpine journey playground within the non-winter months.

We additionally had the pleasure of getting a deep cultural immersion into the Tyrolean lifestyle. Within the Tyrol area of Austria, traditions have been preserved over centuries, and Kitzbuhel infuses these genuine conventional influences into its fashionable way of life. This fascinating mix of up to date sophistication with rustic Tyrolean hospitality is on the very core of the true Kitzbuhel expertise. This medieval city additionally graciously maintains a wealthy cultural heritage, and nowhere is that this Tyrolean appeal extra evident than in its 750-year-old historic city middle.

We stayed proper within the middle of city at its most historic lodge, the Gasthof Eggerwirt, the place Tyrolean hospitality reigns supreme. Initially established in 1658, this well-known family-run lodge dates again 4 generations. Curiously, you’ll be able to see elements of the lodge’s authentic construction once you verify in, a testomony to the Gasthof Eggerwirt’s genuine Previous World character. We cherished our room, which had loads of area for everybody along with a stunning terrace stuffed with flowers.

On our first day we loved some stress-free old style lake enjoyable at Lake Schwarzsee, one of many Alps’ most picturesque swimming spots. We rented a small pedal boat and had a improbable afternoon taking a refreshing dip within the lake’s crystal-clear waters. Then we headed again to our lodge for some conventional Tyrolean delicacies at Restaurant Eggerwirt. We dined outdoors on their quiet flower-covered terrace with spectacular views of the mountains. Their Austrian menu options dishes reminiscent of wienerschnitzel and goulash with dumplings.

The following morning we took a golf lesson proper underneath the Alps on the Golf Course Kitzbuhel-Schwarzsee-Reith. Brushing up on our {golfing} expertise in such an idyllic location between the Wilder Kaiser and Kitzbuhel Horn was an exquisite strategy to benefit from the nice outdoor on this Tyrolean land of craggy peaks and rolling foothills.

Subsequent we hiked the “Panoramaweg” panoramic round path on the well-known Hahnenkamm Mountain. Towering at 5,550 toes elevation, the Hahnenkamm peak offers its title to the world-famous annual Hahnenkamm snowboarding race. We took the Hahnenkamm gondola as much as the mountaintop station and stopped for some lunch at this old style mountain hut referred to as Hahnenkammstuberl. This can be a excellent spot to strive some conventional dishes reminiscent of Kasespatzle cheese noodles and fried sausage. We loved our afternoon on that mountain, particularly watching some tandem paragliders bravely take off for flight on the Hahnenkamm peak.

We spent the remainder of our afternoon strolling round city and grabbing a espresso. Wandering by means of the historic outdated city’s middle looks like exploring a storybook realm the place pastel-painted medieval buildings adorned with vibrant flowerbeds are perched alongside cobbled streets. Furthermore, Kitzbuhel’s bountiful show of flowers in every single place you flip was outstanding.

Our dinner that night time at Goldene Gams was culinary perfection. A few of their signature dishes embrace Tyrolean mushrooms, pork schnitzel and specialty dumplings. Moreover, this restaurant boasts a primary location in the course of the city’s middle, providing a few of the finest people-viewing possible from its solar terrace.

The following morning, we had breakfast on the Lodge Eggerwirt inside their lovely solarium. Then we visited Wildpark Aurach, the biggest wild animal out of doors enclosure in Tyrol and residential to greater than 250 animals. This household exercise was in all probability certainly one of my favourite animal experiences up to now because it affords you the chance to expertise and pet a few of the animals up-close. We noticed myriad free-roaming animals, together with deer, goats, donkeys and even a herd of cows touring down the street that greeted us on the entrance. We made some fluffy new buddies on the petting stall with some alpacas, llamas, ponies, sheep and rabbits earlier than grabbing some native fare on the park’s restaurant, Branderhofstube.

Whether or not you are exploring a wildlife park, flying down the mountains on skis or just exploring the city’s medieval streets, Kitzbuhel is a year-round vacation spot that has all of it.

WHEN YOU GO

Kitzbuhel: www.kitzbuehel.com/en

Lodge Gasthof Eggerwirt: www.eggerwirt-kitzbuehel.at/en/welcome.html

Wildpark Aurach: www.wildpark-tirol.at/en

Panoramaweg Climbing: www.kitzbuehel.com/en/excursions/panoramaweg

Goldene Gams Restaurant: www.hotel-tiefenbrunner.at/en/eating

Better of the Alps: www.bestofthealps.com

The view from the Panoramaweg, the panoramic round path on the well-known Hahnenkamm mountain in Tyrolean Austria, is spectacular. Picture courtesy of Margot Black.

  Deer graze at the Wildpark Aurachhe near Kitzbuhel in Austria's Tyrolean Alps.  Photo courtesy of Margot Black.

Deer graze on the Wildpark Aurachhe close to Kitzbuhel in Austria’s Tyrolean Alps. Picture courtesy of Margot Black.

(SET IMAGE3) Guests get pleasure from a night in Kitzbuhel in Austria’s Tyrolean Alps. Picture Courtesy of Margot Black. (END CAPTION3)

Margot Black is a contract author. To learn options by different Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, go to the Creators Syndicate web site at www.creators.com.

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