Kitzbühel is a town that lies roughly halfway between Innsbruck and Salzburg. It is surrounded by the Kitzbühler Alpen, which reach up in the sky to over 2,000 metres, making it a perfect area to go skiing in winter, and to go hiking in summer.
Kitzbühel is one of the many popular ski resorts in Austria. Around the town there are slopes with a total lenght of 170 kilometres available in any category. The 53 gondolas and ski lifts take you to your starting points.
Kitzbühel is a great starting point to go hiking in summer. For some of the best walks you can use the same lifts and gondolas that skiers use in winter.
Skiing is the national sport in Tyrol and Austria, so it's not a surprise that the most famous of all races are being held in Tyrol. The Hahnenkamm race that is being held on the mountains just outside of Kitzbühel on the 3.3 km long course called the Streif .This is one of the most notorious races in the world cup. In the weekend of the races there are three events, but the main event is the Downhill on Saturday. The last couple of years the races are held in late january.
The Interwetten Austrian Open is a tennis tournament that takes place in Juli. Until 2009 it was called the Generali Open, and was one of the ATP World Tournaments, but from 2010 it is replaced by a tournament in Nice. Over the years it has some great champions, like Pete Sampras, and Thomas Muster.
Due to the location in the alps, there is not an airport really close to the town, but the airports in Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich, can be used, provided you arrange transport from the airport to Kitzbühel.
Kitzbühel lies on the route from Innsbruck to Zell am See. In Wörgl it is possible to change trains to/from Germany., which crosses the border at Kufstein/Kiefersfelden. Check the website of ÖBB (Österreiche Bundesbahn) for more information and timetables.
Coming from the north you can reach Kitzbühel by heading to Munich, and from there keep the direction Rosenheim on the A8 Autobahn. Near Rosenheim, you have to switch to the A93, which becomes the A12 once it crosses the border at Kufstein/Kiefersfelden. Just passed the border you need to change to regional roads. First the B173, and than the B178, to reach St. Johann in Tirol. From St. Johann you need to take the B161 in the direction of Kitzbühel. Note that for the little piece of Motorway you use between the border and the B173, you don't need to buy a autobahnvignet (or Tollsticker). Coming from the south, you have to get to Mittersill, which is easiest through the Felbertauerntunnel, and take the B161 there, which leads over the low and easy to drive Fernpass. From Innsbruck in the west you can follow the A12, until Wörgl and take the B178 there until St. Johann changing to the B161 to reach Kitzbühel. From Salzburg, you can take the B1, which takes you to the border, and turns into the 21 and 20, passing the town of Bad Reichenhall in Germany. After the border at Lofer it turns into the B178, which leads to St. Johann.
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The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.
Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Orange (former called One), Drei (3G), Telering, Tele2, Bob and Yesss. Bob and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.
For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.
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