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Why do you a climb a mountain? Because it is there! And the Tyrol region offers some of the best climbing in the Alps. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, there are several companies that will help you become the king of a mountain in no time. Alpin Experts offers lessons and provides guides for novices and experienced climbers alike.
Another way to climb is on a mountain bike and whether you bring your bike, or need to rent one, you’re likely to find some top-notch trials. Try Mountain Edge - run by Rob Pearce. Like many other ski resorts the trials are open in the summer for hiking and biking, and if you need some help getting to the top the ski lift runs year round. The Austria website also has information on mountain biking tours and more.
Of course the other question is why go to the mountains? Well, for the skiing of course! And this area is one of the best-kept secrets in Austria. Known as a tourist destination for more than 100 years it attracts plenty of visitors and offers great services, but it isn’t as high-profile as many other locations and thus has more of an unspoiled beauty and feel to it! Today is a perfect place to take in the slopes for skiing and snowboarding!
If you like hiking, M-F Englebirt and Madeline offer free hikes at 8:45 am. Meet at the Hannenkamm carpark bus stop or the Tourist information office, for free guided walks in the area. There is a schedule posted in the Kitzbuhel Tourist Board for the week. Most walks are 3-5 hours and you will see amazing places well off the beaten track. You only need to pay for taxis, which they organise when needed. The KTB guides have fantastic knowledge and are really helpful. In winter they organise a mixture of walks and snow-shoe hikes, usually stopping twice at local huts for refreshment and conveniences. These usually commence at 09.45.
One of our favourite walks is around the Alpensee, which is easily navigable in both winter and summer. This is easily reached from the town and takes about 30 minutes, then when you get there, there are several prepared and signed paths.
One activity worth looking out for in winter, are the local ice-hockey matches. Entrance is about 5 Euros and they are usually great fun, but noisy!