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A Brief History of Kitzbühel

A Brief History of Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel grew up along the trade route between Italy and Munich, growing larger and richer when the mining industry moved in and the village was granted market status in 1255. King Ludwig II blessed the village with a town charter in 1271, officially founding the town. Several centuries later, in 1892, Mayor Franz Reisch imported a pair of skis from Norway and liked them so much he created several ski runs, converted a few friends, and launched what would became a winter sports resort phenomenon. Political, film, and military luminaries soon made Kitzbühel their exclusive retreat, and the resort remains the playground of Europe’s high society (visitors will note the correspondingly high prices). Unscathed by either of the 20th-century wars, the medieval center of town remains largely intact to this day.

Last updated March 1, 2012
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