The best way to learn about the history of Kitzbühel and the surrounding area is to visit the Kitzbühel Museum, which has an outstanding range of exhibits. The exhibition of the work of Kitzbühel painter Alfons Walde alone is certainly worth a visit.
The history of Kitzbühel
Take your time and keep your eyes peeled while you walk through Kitzbühel town centre, as you’ll be passing buildings with a rich history along the way. These are the buildings that give Kitzbühel’s historic centre its unique flair.
If you’d like to learn more about mining in Kitzbühel, the early days of tourism, the great Kitzbühel painter Alfons Walde
or skiing pioneers and the birth of the Alpine Ski World Cup, then you mustn’t miss the modern Kitzbühel Museum, which is located right in the town centre.
After you’ve finished your tour of the museum, be sure to take in the unique view from the museum’s roof terrace of the houses, churches and historical buildings in Kitzbühel’s town centre, not to mention the impressive panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.
ALFONS WALDE COLLECTION
Alfons Walde, whose paintings regularly fetch the highest prices at auctions of Austrian art, played a major role in shaping the town of Kitzbühel and its successful development as a ski resort.
His snowy mountain landscapes and farms and churches are just as well known and popular as his superb nudes and portraits of women.
Walde also continues to play a special role for Kitzbühel, as he was the artist who created the chamois logo and the lettering for Kitzbühel promotions. He also designed the historical buildings for the Hahnenkamm cable car, the red uniforms worn by ski instructors and the typical colourful house façades in the town centre.
Kitzbühel Museum has an area of 250 m² set aside for the unique exhibition dedicated to the great painter, architect and photographer Alfons Walde.