Kirchberg is located in the Alps near to Kitzbühel ski resort in the province of Tyrol. The most popular arrival point is Munich, although Innsbruck and Salzburg are also popular. While train service is available, many prefer the drive from Munich in a rental car. If coming from London, other options involve driving, or taking the Eurostar train and several convenient connections.
Salzburg is the nearest international airport with transfers to the city; trains go at least every hour to Kitzbühel and then on to Kirchberg ski resort (three hours total). Buses also go from Salzburg train station and are quicker than the trains. More flexibility in flying to Munich, coupled with the scenic drive to Kirchberg, is an attractive option for many.
Travelling by car is also a good option, with excellent motorways approaching the resort from all directions. Calais is 1,100kms from Kirchberg ski resort and Vienna is 380kms (four hours) to the east. If driving from Munich’s FJ Strauss Airport, head south towards the city and the bypass on the A-99. From the bypass, take the A-8, A-93 and A-12 south, then take the B-312 and B-70 to the resort.
Eurostar trains go daily from London’s Waterloo station at 17:09. Change trains in Paris for the overnighter to Munich, which leaves from gare de l’Est and arrives in Munich the next morning. From Munich, Eurocity trains go to Innsbruck five times a day (three hours), and several trains go on to Kirchberg throughout the day. Roundtrip tickets are about €52 from Munich, €38 from Salzburg, and €22 from Innsbruck.
SKI AND SNOWBOARDING INFORMATION FOR KIRCHBERG, AUSTRIA
Kirchberg ski resort is an excellent alternative to the larger Kitzbühel resort, due to its more affordable price. It is popular for those who are serious about their skiing and enjoy a good party atmosphere. The resort shares the same mountain as Kitzbühel with some equally good pistes.
The town is easy to explore on foot and the majority of the hotels and apartments are within easy reach of the après-ski activities and restaurants and bars. There are thousands of beds available, with luxury four-star hotels, lodges, pensions and private apartments all on offer.
There are 160kms of runs near Kirchberg, with the longest run being eight kilometres. Beginners have 48 per cent; intermediate skiers, 40 per cent; and advanced skiers 12 per cent of pistes. There are 120kms of cross-country trails in the region, with four primary trails, ranging from easy to difficult. Guides can take serious skiers on off-trail expeditions from Kirchberg that will delight even the most hardened experts. Snowboarding is also available, with terrain parks and half-pipes.
Other winter activities in Kirchberg resort include: tobogganing; sledding along a 3.8-kilometre floodlit sled trail; ice-skating; curling; and winter walks. In addition, there is indoor swimming, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, saunas, bowling, and a sports hall. Kirchberg is probably even more famous for its nightlife, which never seems to end.
The best skiing can be had between mid-February and mid-March with the cheapest rates from the week up to December 19 and from mid-March onwards.
Kirchberg ski resort is serviced by Munich, Salzburg and the provincial airport of Innsbruck, with train transfers an attractive and convenient option from each city. Driving from Munich Airport is a popular option but the most practical is to fly to Salzburg and take the train or bus from the city.
KIRCHBERG SKI AND SNOWBOARD RESORT, AUSTRIA
Kirchberg is located in the Tyrol region of Austria and shares the same mountain as the world famous Kitzbühel ski resort. Salzburg is 90kms to the east and Innsbruck is 86kms to the west. Kirchberg is filled with a younger crowd, attracting young families and more dedicated skiers with somewhat lower prices than its flashier neighbour.
Kirchberg is a picturesque village and is a lot smaller than Kitzbühel. However, it has become a major player in the area. Everything here is within easy walking distance and the resort town has some of the wildest après-ski in Austria, with a strong contingent coming from Holland.
There is a variety of quality accommodation, ranging from apartments offering free accommodation for children, to exclusive lodges. A number of mountain restaurants, cafés and coffeehouses add to an exciting après-ski scene and the nightlife here is reason alone for coming to Kirchberg; the London Pub is perhaps the wildest après-ski bar in Europe.
Kirchberg ski resort is centred on two main areas: the Hahnenkamm and Kitzbüheler Horn. The former is decidedly the larger area and is ideal for intermediate skiers. There is a total of 160kms of pistes with 56 lifts and the longest run is eight kilometres. Intermediate skiers will have a great time here and beginners and experts are also well catered for.
Away from the slopes, Kirchberg town has a prominent and beautiful church that is visible from all over town and is worth visiting for a break from the busy après-ski. The nearby Kitzbühel ski resort is the winter entertainment capital of Austria and is a must-see for its pretty buildings and cobbled streets, extensive shopping opportunities and vibrant and exciting nightlife.
The ski season runs from mid-December to mid-April, with the cheapest rates from mid-March to the end of the season. The most convenient way to get here is to fly into Salzburg and take the train to the resort