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Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Berlin, Frankfurt … Kitzbühel? It’s easy to get in the rut of big city jumping when planning a European vacation. And why not! Those major destinations are popular for a reason. But, eyes can glaze over when hitting museum after museum; perspective can be lost after touring 10 straight gorgeous cathedrals; one city center can start to look like another if strung together.
I broke up this city-hopping excursion with a side trip to Kitzbühel, high up in the Austrian Alps. Within minutes of leaving Salzburg on the train, my mindframe changed from focusing on the destination to letting the jaw-dropping scenery roll by without a care for “getting there soon.” Medieval castles turned to open grasslands framed by jutted-high mountains.
When arriving at the Kitzbühel train station, take a taxi to get to the Grand Tirolia resort -- but pay only about 12 Euros for the journey -- my ride was 31 Euros to the resort but only 12 Euros back to the train station. Get the lower price.
When booking your stay here, get a package with dinner included, as this is a destination resort and all meals will be eaten at the Grand Tirolia resort.
There are daily recreational activities such as hiking and biking. Skiing is nearby as well as a championship golf course during the warm months.
Even better than the luxurious accommodations, dinner and outdoor activities was their breakfast. Yes, breakfast. Even if you’re not a breakfast freak like me, it’s still a feast to travel long distances for. Some of the options one morning were locally made organic yogurt with 20 accoutrements such as bee pollen, local vanilla honey and dried apricots; made-to-order eggs; homemade breads and pastries; more than a dozen beverages including sweetened whey. They provide more than enough fuel for a day full of outdoor recreation.
The best deals are for October through mid-November travel, when it’s too cold (or snowy) for golf but not quite prime ski season. This is when I went and I almost had the place to myself and hiked around the foothills and could have skied had I wanted to since new snow had just fallen.