Facts

Location: State of Tyrol, Austria

Length: 8.4 km

Wide: 6 m standard, 2 lanes

Surface: asphalt

Surface quality (out of 10): 9

Highest point: 1.670 m

Operating times: early May to early November, daily from 09:00 AM until 05:00 PM

Hagsteinweg Street, Ried am Horn Street, Mautstraße Kitzbühler Horn

Route: Kitzbuhel – Alpenhaus Kitzbüheler Horn

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Description

The Panoramic Kitzbüheler Horn (German: Panoramastraße Kitzbüheler Horn) is one of the steepest and picturesque mountain roads in Austria. Located in the state of Tyrol, it connects the town of Kitzbühel with the Kitzbüheler Horn Alpenhaus and reaches a maximum altitude of 1.670 m.

Surrounded by the Kitzbüheler Alps, this amazing road passes through an abundance of beautiful alpine pastures and impressive sky-high peaks. Thanks to a lucrative tourist industry, these mountains provide the ideal place for hiking, sightseeing or for skiing.

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The Kitzbüheler Horn is considered to be the steepest paved mountain road in Austria. It’s famous among drivers and motorbike fans and revered by cyclists from all over the globe. Ever since 1971, the best climbers in the world have competed and struggled to reach its highest point. With an average grade of 12.9 % and a maximum of 22.3% on the final stretch, this incredibly steep road is known as the “crown jewel” of the Tour of Austria cycling event.

The Kitzbüheler Horn is open starting from early May to early November, daily from 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM. Another important fact to remember about this route is that, due to its popularity, it can become very crowded. As a result, it’s recommended to start your drive early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Starting from the world famous ski resort of Kitzbühel at an altitude of 762 m, this great panoramic road has a length of 8.4 km and a continuous uphill gradient of 10 to 18 percent. Over this small distance, the Kitzbüheler Horn will dazzle you with 18 spectacular hairpin bends that will push your driving skills to the limit.

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After driving for around 20 minutes you will reach the Kitzbüheler Horn Alpenhaus, a renowned mountain hut with an ample parking lot and a very nice restaurant where you can try some local delicacies, rest and admire the gorgeous view.  Behind the hut there is a wide, asphalted hiking path uphill, taking you to a beautiful alpine flower garden located at an altitude of 1800 m. Opened in 1985, the alpine flower garden has gathered mountain plants from all over the world over a surface of 20.000 sqm.

At the end of the garden, the road leads to a summit cross. Further up, you can reach the peak of the Kitzbüheler Horn at 1.996 m altitude on a privately owned road that has a width of only 1 m and a maximum gradient of 22.3%.

 

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Photos: imgur.com, kitzbueheler-alpen.com, gordrobeskis.files.wordpress.com, upload.wikimedia.org, blog.kitzbuehel.com, 4.bp.blogspot.com, static.panoramio.com, tourenwelt.at, img.fotocommunity.com

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