For skiers, the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbuehel is the holy grail of ski racing, home to the world’s most famous and most challenging downhill course, the Streif. You will likely never have the chance, or possibly the desire, to ski down the celebrated race course, but during the summer season, a marvelous hike down the course will be an exhilarating experience.
The day’s hike starts in a most comfortable fashion, a ride up the famous Hahnenkamm cable car. At the summit station, designed by the famous local artist Alfons Walde, you will reap your first rewards, pure mountain air and a dazzling panoramic view.
Make sure to stop at the cable car museum to learn more about the famous mountain and then head over to the starting gate of the downhill course. Once you stare down the first few meters of the course you will likely change your mind about the meaning of steep. From here on down it is an extremely scenic and exhilarating hike down the famed race course, section by section, all of 3312 meters long.
You marvel at the famous Mausefalle (mousetrap) and the legendary Hausberg jump. Halfway down, we suggest a well deserved apple strudel at the Seidlalm. Your hike might be a bit slower than the up to 140 kilometers per hour speed of the world’s fastest ski racers, but nonetheless memorable for years to come.