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Kitz Summer Nights Mean Music, Art, Fun In The Alps

Kitz summer

Visitors to the Alps during the summer inevitably make their way to Kitzbühel with its popular Kitz Summer Nights series running throughout July and August 2012.


The summer-long festival means live music, entertainment, an “art street” with pictures and paintings by local artists, and a children’s educational program. The event is held every Thursday evening from 8-10:30 p.m. Concerts are scheduled from some of Austria’s best traditional music groups. Admission is free.


The stage locations change every week and make their way from Kitz to Reith, Aurach, and Jochberg throughout the summer season. The “art street” or “artist’s mile” is managed by the Kitzbüheler Künstlergilde Club. 


The children’s program includes educational games and exercises that help develop kids’ motor skills.


Kitz Summer Nights - or as it is known in Austria, Kitz-Sommernacht - downbeat begins July 5 with Boogie Woogie Festival, followed each week by Alpenoberkrainer, Zellberg Buam, Viera Blech’s Michael Jackson Tribute, Goldried Quintett, Global Kreiner, Freddy Pfister Band, Die Jungen Paldauer, Die Mürztaler, Die Ladiner, Belsy & Florian, Die Mooskirchner, with the finale Sept. 6 featuring the Oberkrainer AllStars. 


Tina Sailer Kitz Golf

There’s plenty to do here in the summer, but skiers familiar with those TV pictures of the famed Kitz Hahnenkamm will want to hike the legendary Streif downhill course. It goes by in a flash on skis under the best racers in the world, but will take us average mortals about 3-5 hours to hike it.


Mountain bike enthusiasts will discover more than 800 kms (about 500 miles) of cycle touring and mountain biking routes. Trails are open until the end of October. Every cyclist will find routes to suit his or her needs. There are plenty of easier cycle routes, too. 


How about a romantic dinner right next to the Streif course? It includes a gondola ride, 4-course meal, and a panoramic view of Kitzbühel. The price is €46 per person (about $57).


Those looking to improve their golf game need look no further than the Kitz Golf Academy led by Tina Sailer, (PGA, GP1, Dipl., Professional). Other instructors, all members of PGA of Austria, include John Larrad, Rudi Sailer, Duncan Whitaker, and Matthias Auer.


North Americans heading to Kitzbühel can fly into Munich (about 70 miles by car) or Vienna (about 200 miles by car). Plan to add a few days in Innsbruck, just 48 miles away.


Top Photo: Summer in Kitz 

Bottom Photo: Tina Sailer, Kitz Golf Academy 


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