Toni Sailer was and still remains a bone fide Kitzbühel legend. The former ski star and singer also worked as head coach of the Austria Ski Team and race director of the legendary Hahnenmann downhill race. Toni Sailer will always be associated with KItzbühel!
Born 17 November 1935 in Kitzbühel
Member of the "Kitzbüheler Wunderteams" (Christian Pravda, Ernst Hinterseer, Anderl Molterer, Fritz Huber, Hias Leitner)
Won three gold medals at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo (Slalom, Giant Slalom, Downhill)
A the 1958 Ski World Championships in Bad Gastein he won gold in the Downhill, Giant Slalom and Combined events as well as silver in the slalom and many further awards
One of the most successful skiers of all time
Attended an acting school in Berlin and featured in numerous TV shows and films such as "König der silbernen Berge" and "Der schwarze Blitz".
Singer with 18 records to his name
1972 – 1976 head coach and technical director of the Austria Ski Team
1986 – 2006 race director of the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel
1999: voted Sportsman of the Century
Died 24 August 2009 in Kitzbühel
This actress, who appeared in numerous productions at the Volkstheater in Vienna and continued acting until 2000, considered Kitzbühel her second home and would come here as often as possible between her roles at the famous Burgtheater in Vienna.
Born 16 November 1910 in Aussig
Real name: Marianne Wilhelmine Tuch
Discovered in 1930 by Max Reinhardt
First appeared at the Volkstheater in Vienna in 1934
1936: first ever film role in "Konfetti"
When war broke out she moved to Switzerland, where she appeared in small roles in 14 films until 1945
Returned to Austria – many roles at the Raimund Theater and theTheater an der Josefstadt in Vienna as well as the Theater am Kurfürstendamm in Berlin
1956 utntil 1977: ensemble member at the Burgtheater in Vienna
Kitzbühel was her second home
Continued working as an actress until 2000
Selected films: Hauptsache glücklich, Pünktchen und Anton, Hotel Paradies, Alte Liebe-neues Glück, Tatort, Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald.
Died 27 August 2002 in Kitzbühel
Had a road in Vienna named after her, the "Jane-Tilden-Gasse", in 2006
The Austrian skiing legend and member of the famous "Kitzbühel Wunderteams" won numerous races for Austria before emigrating to North America.
Born 8 March 1927 in Kufstein
Member of the "Kitzbühel Wunderteams" (Ernst Hinterseer, Hias Leitner, Fritz Huber, Anderl Molterer and Toni Sailer)
1937: member of the Kitzbühel Ski Club
1952: silber medal at the Winter Olympics in Oslo
1954: downhill world champion in Are, Sweden
Silver in the combined event in Are
Many further successes in North America
1956: won the downhill, slalom and combined in Sun Valley, where he lived
1958: became Austrian slalom champion for the third time
Later worjed as a ski instructor in the USA and taught many celebrities to ski
Returned to Austria at the start of the 1970s
Died 11 November 1994 in Kitzbühel
Kitzbühel's most famous painter is without a doubt Alfons Walder. He designed the logo which is today synonymous with the village, while his posters promoting Tyrol as a tourism destination became famous the world over.
Born 8 February 1891 in Oberndorf
1892: moved to Kitzbühel, where his father Franz Walde became headteacher at the local school
Influenced by the secessionism movement, he painted still life, landscapes and scenes depicting life on the land
1920 until 1938: became world famous through his posters showing landscapes and winter sports
1910 until 1914: studied at the Technische Hochschule in Vienna
Meetings with Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, supported by the architect Robert Oerley
First exhibitions in Innsbruck from 1911
1918: oil paintings such as "Jahrmarkt in Kitzbühel" and "Kirchgang" as well as nudes such as "Badende am Schwarzsee".
1919: became friends with the Viennese poet Alfons Petzold, who lived in Kitzbühel
1923: founded the Kunstverlag Alfons Walde publishing house
1925: received the Julius Reich Art Foundation Prize
1927: designed the bottom and top stations for the Hahnenkammbahn cable car in Kitzbühel
1929: build a home on the slopes of the Hahnenkamm
1932: created his first official Tyrol poster
From 1946 he focused increasingly on architectural projects
1956: was awarded the title "professor"
Died 11 December 1958 in Kitzbühel
His works still fetch high prices at auction today
"The Flying Countess" was the first female ski jumper and the source of much jealousy in Kitzbühel thanks to her perfect style and flapping skirt.
Born 21 September 1887 in Kitzbühel
Pioneer of women's ski jumping
Known as "The Flying Countess"
1908: jumped an impressive 24 metres on the Schattberg ski jump in Kitzbühel wearing a long skirt
Lebenberg Castle was used from 1885 onwards as a bed & breakfast and later a hotel (one of the first in Kitzbühel)
Married Franz Valentin Count Schlick, an automobile racer
Killed in an accident at a sidecar race organised by the Bavarian Automobile Club in Berchtesgaden
Died 4 September 1927
Toni Praxmair made Kitzbühel famous around the world thanks to his songs. He also established a tradition which continues until today: the Tyrolean evening at the Café Praxmair.
Born 11.2.1907 in Kitzbühel
Was a musician with passion, talent and skill
Created the famous Tyrolean evening at the Café Praxmair
Today he would be called an entertainer or showmaster
He was ahead of his time and was often ridiculed when talking about his plans to take the local songs of Kitzbühel out into the wide world
1934: first journey to England, which lasted two months
In the following years he travelled the world
Despite his busy schedule he alwas had time for the Tyrolean evening at the Café Praxmair
Died 26.12.1991 in Kitzbühel
The Café Praxmair is still a traditional coffeehouse in the heart of Kitzbühel
Born in Kitzbühel, Peter Aufschnaiter was a researcher who became famous for his work in Nepal. It was there that he worked as an agricultural engineer and cartographer. He was also a member of the famous Himalaya expedition led by Heinrich Harrer.
Born 2.11.1899 in Kitzbühel
Son of a carpenter in Kitzbühel
Trained as an agricultural engineer and chemist in Innsbruck and Munich
It was during this time that he developed a great interest in the Himalayas
Learned English, Italian and Hindi
1929: took part in an expedition to the Kangchenjunga mountain
Remained fascinated by the Himalayas throughout his life
1939: was a member of the famous Himalayan expedition led by Heinrich Harrer
Stayed in Nepal, worked there for the Indian government as a cartographer and agricultrual engineer
Returned to Europe in the early 1970s due to ill health
Died 1973 in Innsbruck and buried in Kitzbühel
His grave remained decorated with Tibetan prayer flags until today
Simon Benedikt Faistenberger
The baroque works of this painter born in 1693 in Kitzbühel can be found in many of the region's churches. Visitors interested in art and culture should definitely take the opportunity to check out some of his paintings.
Born 27.10.1693 in Kitzbühel
Trained with his father
Started working independently in 1709
Was a student of Johann Anton Gumpp in Munich
1712: first records of his works in Kitzbühel
1726: earliest recorded mention of Faistenberger as a landowner
His works include portraits, altar paintings and sacred images, wall and ceiling frescoes in churches in and around Kitzbühel
Took inspiration from Italian art - increasingly visible influence of Rubens
Was an artist during the high baroque period
Some of his works are the frescoes in the Oberndorf parish church, the paintings in the Liebfrauenkirche church in Kitzbühel and the frescoes in Jochberg
Died 22.4.1759 in Kitzbühel
Erna Carise Gerling
The Austrian dancer Erna Carise was a true globetrotter and spent much of her life travelling the world, but after the end of her career she returned to her beloved Kitzbühel.
Born 1906 in Vienna
Real name: Erni Gerling
Was a true globetrotter
Performed at a young age throughout Europe as Erna Carise
Particularly success from 1934 to 1936
Appeared in the "Die Königin der Revue" together with her close friedn Josephine Baker
After the end of her dancing career she became famous in Austria for her book "Punktediät"
Recorded a song and wrote the book "All about Kitzbühel"
Died 1981 in Kitzbühel
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Free parking (does not include underground parking)
Healthy and hearty breakfast buffet (07:30-10:30)
Delicious ingredients sources from the region
Spa & gym
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Garage parking space (€15 per person per space)
Dogs (€20 per day, including dog blanket, water & food bowl, small surprise)
Massages on request (24 h prior booking)
Special Kitzbühel experiences (local tipps)
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