Brixen Im Thale / Wilder Kaiser is one of the most easily accessed ski regions in Austria. It has its own train station which provides convenient links to the three surrounding air transportation hubs of Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich.
Three international airports service the region: Innsbruck (80kms), Salzburg (102kms) and Munich (130kms). All have convenient bus and train connections to Brixen, but Munich has the most varied flight schedule.
By road, take the A12 (Inn Valley Autobahn) junction 17 to Worgl, then follow route 170 to Brixen Im Thale. Total distance from Calais is around 1,050kms, with an extensive system of motorways affording fast and safe access to the region.
By train from London’s Waterloo station, take the Eurostar to Paris Nord, transfer to Paris Lyon and take the TGV to Geneva. From there, take the InterCity to Zurich, then the EuroNight to Worgl, and finally the Salzach Sprinter to Brixen Im Thale.
There is a regular free Skibus service connecting Brixen with the other eight ski resort villages in the valley.
Located 800m above sea level, Brixen Im Thale / Wilder Kaiser ski resort is delightfully situated in the Kitzbuhel Alps, and is a great holiday resort for sports enthusiasts and those who prefer life at a more leisurely pace.
The resort boasts quality traditional accommodation and some of the best cuisine to be had in the Alps. The town has a delightful old church, and there are plenty of cafés and coffeehouses to relax in, between trips up the slopes. There are also several boutiques and clothing stores to keep you occupied in case the weather turns foul.
The Ski-Welt area, of which Brixen Im Thale is a part, is comprised of 122kms of red runs, 108kms of blue, and 20kms of black runs, for a total of 250kms. The top elevation of the slopes is 1,800m, with a vertical drop of 1,100m. The longest run in Brixen is 4.5kms, while the Ski-Welt has one run of eight kilometres.
A total of 94 lifts serve the Ski-Welt slopes, including one funicular train, one cable car, seven gondolas, 32 chairlifts and 52 surface lifts, creating a lift capacity of 125,000 skiers per hour (Brixen Im Thale’s capacity is 16,500 skiers per hour).
Snowboarding is catered for by the challenging boarders’ playground on Gampenkogel/Westendorf. Cross-country skiers are offered extensive (165kms) trails as far as Kitzbuhel, as well as a high-altitude trail with panoramic views. Hiking with snowshoes and sledding parties with cosy evenings in the mountain lodges can also be arranged. Night skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh riding, and tobogganing round out the snow sport activities.
The après-ski scene is created by lively bars and discos by night; while indoor tennis and swimming, a fitness centre, curling, ice-skating, paragliding, sauna, and shooting are available by day.
February and the beginning of March are the best times to be on the slopes above Brixen Im Thale, with the actual season running from mid-December to mid-March. Bargains can be had at the beginning of the season and in mid to late January.
Brixen Im Thale is easily reached by any mode of transportation, with most visitors arriving by air via Salzburg, Innsbruck or Munich, or by train via Munich and Worgl.
Brixen Im Thale is one of nine villages in the northeast area of the state of Tyrol. The ski world of Wilder Kaiser – Brixen Valley is linked by an extensive lift system and is the largest connected skiing area in Austria, the Ski-Welt.
The lovely town of 2,700 people nestles amid gently rolling hills and contains beautiful old farmhouses, good food, old traditions and authentic hospitality. The centrepiece of Brixen Im Thale is Pfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt, an 8th century Gothic church, which is open throughout the day and is well worth exploring during a break from the slopes.
Brixen Im Thale ski resort is renow
ned for its cuisine, with eight restaurants in the town itself and an astounding 63 in the surrounding Ski-Welt area. Similarly, the range of accommodation is seemingly inexhaustible, featuring quality hotels, guesthouses, pensions, holiday apartments, farmhouses, and campsites. Après-ski activities are afforded by four bars, two discos, four cafés, an ice bar, seven coffeehouses, folklore evenings, concerts, casino and sauna. Childcare can be arranged between 09:00 and 17:00.
There are 250kms of prepared slopes in the Ski-Welt region, with all levels of skier catered to. The longest run is eight kilometres on the Ski-Welt and 4.5kms in Brixen, while the vertical drop is an impressive 1,100m. The Ski-Weld slopes are served by 94 lifts, 11 of which are in Brixen Im Thale. There are 65 mountain huts and inns in the ski arena, two ski schools, snow bars and snowmaking.
Brixen is connected with eight other ski resort villages: Westendorf, Hopfgarten, Itter, Soll, Going, Scheffau, Ellmau and Kelchsau. Opportunities for rewarding daytrips abound if bad weather makes skiing uncomfortable or impossible. Salzburg and Innsbruck are both under an hour away and offer a cultural and architectural smorgasbord. Farther away, but equally accessible, is Munich.
Brixen’s ski season runs from mid-December through mid-March, with either end of the season a great time for discounted rates. Munich is the most convenient gateway to Brixen Im Thale, with plenty of air, road and train connections to most parts of Europe. Regular bus and train services are available from Munich to Brixen.