Shop Kitzbühel Luxury Meets Tradition
Whether you’re on the hunt for fashion items to stock your closet, or you’re looking for fine jewelry, Kitzbühel’s shops can deliver.
You’ll find plenty of stores filled with everything from jewelry and accessories to athletic wear and major designer labels. The biggest lure, however, will likely be the shops selling traditional Tirol crafts and clothing, as well as exquisite glassware.
The main shopping streets are Vorderstadt and Josef-Herold Strasse, including the streets branching off those main thoroughfares. Spend some time here admiring the mix of Old World charm and New World modern sensibilities that these shops offer. And should your feet grow weary or your spirits flag, reinvigorate yourself with a stop at one of the area’s many cafés and restaurants.
What to Buy: Tirolean Tracht
Yes, you can find all the designer wear you could ever ask for in Kitzbühel, as well as sports equipment and ski fashions by the armload. But, don’t overlook the small shops and craftspeople offering up more traditional Tirolean items.
For traditional attire, you can’t beat dirndl skirts and lederhosen, the national costume of the Tirol. Traditional dress (known as “Tracht”) symbolizes a connection between past and present - a fusion of pride and fashion. You’ll find truly traditional garments, as well as more modern, fashion-forward takes on them, which combine rustic elements and embroidery with more trendy fabrics and shapes. There’s even a new fashion style, called Landhausmode (Country House Style), that’s embracing the traditional Tracht.
What to Buy: Leather and Loden
Beyond Tracht, look for deerskin leather tanned with fish oil and made into leather pants and bags. And speaking of leather, you’ll definitely want to check out the shops offering custom footwear. You can select everything from the sole to the upper, and know that your footwear is a one-of-a-kind creation. Each pair of shoes takes several months to make, but they’re well worth the wait.
You’ll also want to keep an eye out for beautiful felt slippers, often decorated with embroidery or whimsical designs, and stylish loden jackets that offer warmth and comfort.
What to Buy: Glassware
For home use and décor, you can’t beat Tirolean glass. The region has a 500-year history of glass blowing, and is home to the widely known Riedel glass company (headquartered in Kufstein, just about 45 minutes from Kitzbühel). If you’re looking for a quick day trip, visit the Riedel factory to watch glass blowers at work. Or, content yourself with buying their wares at a local Kitzbühel shop.
Beyond Riedel, look for Tirolean glass specialties such as small “Stamperln” glasses for schnapps or bigger “Humpen” beer mugs. You can pair those with a special bottle of local brandy, schnapps, or liqueur to make a great gift for someone back home.
Whether your taste (and budget) runs toward designer labels, sparkling jewels, and quality timepieces, or the more traditional, you’ll find it in Kitzbühel. Walk the streets of its compact shopping district, soak up the atmosphere, and see what catches your eye. You’re sure to find something that will help you remember your visit to this magical city, and that you just can’t go home without.