Ask an Austrian to rattle off the top ski resorts in the country, and Kitzbühel will invariably make the grade. Ever since Franz Reisch slipped on skis and whizzed down the slopes of Kitzbüheler Horn way back in 1893, so christening the first alpine ski run in Austria, Kitzbühel has carved out its reputation as one of Europe's foremost ski resorts. Legends have been made and born on these pistes, not least three-time Olympic medallist Toni Sailer.
Kitzbühel began life in the 16th century as a silver and copper mining town, and today continues to preserve a charming medieval centre despite its other persona as a fashionable and prosperous winter resort. It’s renowned for the white-knuckled Hahnenkamm-Rennen downhill ski race in January and the excellence of its slopes.