The area around Kitzbühel was already a settlement area in the Middle Ages. Hence, trade flourished in the city. The associated prosperity of Kitzbühel was primarily due to copper and silver mining. After Emperor Augustus enlarged the borders of his empire northward beyond the Alps, Roman soldiers, families, civil servants and craftsmen came to the country. They taught the Roman people and their language to the subject people.
After the fall of the Western Roman Empire around 500 AD, the Bavarians entered the region of the Kitzbüheler Alps from the foothills of the Alps. The area around Kitzbühel was part of the Bavarian Duchy for almost 100 years.
In the middle of the 12th century, the Counts of Falkenstein took over the county in Leukental. Under the rule of the Bavarian dukes, the name Chizbuhel first appeared in a Chiemsee document in 1163. The name Chizbuhel is a fusion of the proper name "Chizzo" with the location of the city on the "Bühel". On June 6, 1271, Duke Ludwig II granted the town the rights of the city of Munich. Kitzbühel has been a city since that date.
The city of Kitzbühel was initially walled up for protection. The heyday of mining in Kitzbühel was around 1450 until the middle of the 17th century. This was associated with brisk construction activity, whereby the value of the city wall was questioned. In addition, Kitzbühel has always been spared from warlike events. The wall was removed to the ground floor and the outer fronts of the apartment buildings were placed on it.
Over time, Kitzbühel became a remarkable trading and market place. With the marriage of Margarete Maultasch to the Bavarian Duke Ludwig the Brandenburger in 1342, Kitzbühel was united with Tyrol for the first time. Margarete gave up Tyrol after the death of Ludwig. After the six-year war between Bavaria and Austria, it was Emperor Maximilian who conquered Kitzbühel and the Kufstein fortress at the beginning of the 16th century. So the two gentlemen came back to Tyrol together with Rattenberg by decision of the Reichstag in Cologne on June 30, 1504.
Kaspar Freiherr von Wolkenstein and Sigmund von Lamberg inherited the city of Kitzbühel at the end of the 16th century. In the 17th century, Count Franz Anton Lamberg claimed rule for himself and so the patrician court of Kitzbühel remained with the Counts Lamberg until 1840. The ceremonial handover to the state took place on May 1st of the same year.
Kitzbühel experienced the martial implications of the 18th and 19th centuries only marginally. However, the residents took part in the hard liberation struggles against the Bavarian Elector Max Emanuel, who had invaded Tyrol during the War of the Spanish Succession, and under Empress Maria Theresa against Bavaria. The Kitzbühelers also had to defend themselves against the troops of the French general Lefebvre.
Franz II ceded Bavaria to Bavaria in the Peace of Bratislava. After the unsuccessful liberation struggles of 1809, Kitzbühel returned to Bavaria as part of Tyrol. It was only after Napoleon's fall that Tyrol was reunited with Austria at the Vienna Congress. After the end of the war with Italy and Prussia, Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the then unclear constitutional conditions, which meant an upswing in the economy and industry. Even in World War II, Kitzbühel was away from all acts of war and devastation. Luck that this city has been enjoying since its foundation.
After extensive traffic development with the construction of the railway in 1875, Kitzbühel's rise to an international tourist destination began. For now, the idyll of the pretty medieval town in the middle of lush meadows and surrounded by impressive mountains was impressive. Furthermore, the healing power of one of the most beautiful bathing lakes in the Alps, the mire-containing Schwarzsee, captivated. Thanks to a man's vision, what finally made Kitzbühel famous all over the world began.
Impressed by a Norwegian book about skiing, Franz Reisch, later mayor of Kitzbühel, had the first pair of skis sent from the far north in 1892. The following year, Reisch experimented with his "snowshoes" of a remarkable 2.30 m on the Kitzbüheler Horn.
As early as 1894 a major ski shipment arrived from Norway. So nothing stood in the way of the first Kitzbühel ski championship and the brilliant development of skiing. The world-famous Kitzbühel Hahnenkamm race was held for the first time in 1931. Kitzbühel also produced exceptional talents.
The Kitzbühel ski wonder team made history with names such as Toni Sailer, Anderl Molterer, Ernst Hinterseer, Hias Leitner, Christian Pravda and Fritz Huber and not only made skiing popular all over the world, but also made a significant contribution to Kitzbühel becoming world famous. The worldwide popularity of these ski legends still influences the fascination of the sports city of Kitzbühel.
Countless events take place in Kitzbühel:
Hahnenkamm race, Snow Polo World Cup (Snow-Polo World Cup), triathlon, Harley gathering, big New Year's fireworks, Advent in the mountains, farmers market, Kitzbühel Alpine rally, Almrausch party, tennis tournament - ATP Austrian Open, Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival, Kitzbühel fair, Summer concerts, Herzl Jäger Ball, country theater, wine festival, strolls with Olympic champion Ernst Hinterseer, Austria bike tour, country life in the city, jumping tournament, horse show, French fish market, music festival Swingin 'Kitzbühel, Kitzbüheler Horn Run, golf festival, Kitzbüheler mountain bike race, White Festival , Tristkogel Challange, street theater, antique flea markets and much more.
In addition to the numerous events and opportunities to do sports, there are numerous restaurants, cafés, bars and discos in Kitzbühel. In addition to a cinema, there is also the Casino Kitzbühel, which offers American Roulette, Black Jack, Poker, Tropical Stud Poker, Seven Card Stud Poker, Easy Roulette as well as numerous ATMs and slots with jackpots. In the casino there is also the Hinterstadt 24 restaurant with very good cuisine.
Many Kitzbühel lovers also come because of the many well-stocked shops such as Ieri e Oggi - Lino Scarano, Habsburg, Duvetica, Louis Vuitton, Trachten Couture Eder, Helmut Eder, Frauenschuh, Engelhaus, Sportalm, Tommy Hilfiger, Moncler, Luis Trenker, Prader, Bogner, Kitzbühler G'wand, Intersport Kitzbühel, Cashmere House, Max, Peak Performance, Ritual Mode & Accessoires, This & That, Golfino, Gössl, Kid's, Etz, Palmers, etc.
In the shops you can find fashion by Prada, Gucci, Armani, Etro, Bottega Veneta, Ed Hardy, Christian Audiger, Dior, Seven, Iceberg, DKNY - Donna Karan New York, Burberry, Cloé, Givenchy, Loro Piana, Sergio Rossi, Hogan , Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana, Fay, Diane von Fürstenberg, Jil Sander, 7 for all mankind, True Religion, La Martina, Rock & Republik, Diesel, Timberland, Kenzo, Missoni, Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent, Moncler, Schiesser , Vintage55, Belstaff, Juicy Couture, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Cesare Paciotti, Jacob Cohen, Santoni, Moreschi, A. Testoni, Casadei, Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Aigner, Laurel, Kenzo, Tod's, Max Mara, Strenesse, Cerutti, Emernegildo Zegna, Escada, Bruno Magli, Woolrich, Marc Cain, Costume National, North Face, Kookai, Fausto Santini, Gianfranco Ferré, Lanz, Church's, Puma, Nike, Trussardi, Car Shoe, Celin, Brioni, Philipp Plain, Lacoste and many more.
Jewelry can be found e.g. in the jewelry store Juwelier Schroll with the markets IWC, Rolex, Jaeger leCoultre, Glashütte, Breitling, Chopard, Fabergé, Catier, Bvlgarie, Armani, Gucci, Mont Blanc, Ebel, Maurice Lacroix, Versace, Brell, Festina, Swarovski at the goldsmith Messner and the famous Gold Kitz can be obtained from Margarethe Klingler. Glashütte, Omega and Swatch, Blancpain, Breguet, Jacqet Droz and Léon Hatot can be found in the Tourbillon boutique.
At the opticians Andreas Allmoslechner - united optics, (Andreas Allmoslechner, M.S.,
FAAO, MCOptom, master optician conc. Contact lens optician "Master of Science in Clinical Optometry", 1998 admission to the American Academy of Optometry u. at the British College of Optometrists, since 2001 guest lecturer at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, author of numerous specialist publications and lectures), Optik Schott or Meikl Optik are besides optical glasses and lenses also sunglasses, among others the brands Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Dior, Porsche Design , Bottega Veneta, Versace, D&G, Versus, Ray-Ban, Bvlgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Silhouette, Armani, Fendi, Esprit, Guess, Joop, Mexx, Max Mara, Polo Ralph Lauren, Oakley, Adidas, DK Donna Karan New York , Puma, Replay, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Vogue, CK Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss.
Sport equipment is available from Intersport Kitzsport Schlechter, Sport Etz, Peak Performance or from Hervis.
Exhibitions of local artists such as Prof. Alfons Walde, Prof. Ernst Insam, etc. can always be found in the Museum of the City of Kitzbühel.
Dining is provided by the restaurants Tennerhof, Rehkitz, Schwedenkapelle, Neuwirt, Centro, Rasmushof, Hotel Kitzhof, Schwarzer Adler, Alt Kitzbühel, Weisses Rössl, Chizzo, Grand Tirolia, Lois Stern, Hotel zur Tenne, Bruggerhof, Sonnbergstub'n Rosis Wirtshaus, Hotel Schloss Lebenberg, Mc Donald's, etc