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Hotel Kitzspitz, St Jakob

The quiet side of the Tyrol
 
This family-run 4-star hotel offers an excellent spa and indoor-outdoor pool, and is set in a tranquil Alpine village framed by dramatic scenery. The cross-country trails and winter walking paths are just a few steps from the door.
Hotel Kitzspitz. 7 nights
Hotel Kitzspitz. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in St Jakob, Tyrol,

for skiers and non-skiers
To the south of Salzburg, the Kitzbühler Alps in the Tyrol have long attracted the world’s leading winter sports enthusiasts to some of Austria’s finest domains. Yet, right in the heart of this region lies the tranquil and secluded valley of Pillerseetal, very much on the ‘quiet side of the mountain’.
St Jakob im Haus is one of five villages here, framed by forested hills and high peaks. It feels a long way from the hustle and bustle of nearby Kitzbühel and, as well as being the sunniest village in the Tyrol, offers an unhurried pace of life, a wide variety of cross-country skiing and winter walking, plus some downhill options, too. All are only a few steps from the Kitzspitz, a wonderful chalet-style hotel to which you are warmly welcomed by the Nothegger family.
 

Our expert says

“It’s unusual for a hotel to have so much on its doorstep! Cross-country and winter walking trails lead from the Kitzspitz’s main entrance, while the downhill skiing is just to the rear.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you. The cross-country skiing is great but, equally, St Jakob makes a good base for non-skiing holidays too.
  • Best for: beginners, improvers & intermediates
    With a free ski bus linking the five villages – St Jakob, Hochfilzen, St Ulrich, Waidring and Fieberbrunn – the opportunities for cross-country skiing are endless. St Jakob itself takes centre stage, with trails passing the front door of the hotel (next to which is the ski school). More advanced trails start from nearby Fieberbrunn, while Hochfilzen – host for many World Cup races – has trails along the valley, around Lake Wiesensee and through alpine meadows.

    Trails: 110km (both classic & skating) across the 5 villages to 1000m linked by free ski bus
    Cross-country skiing
  • A network of scenic paths
    There is a network of trails for winter walking between the villages, totalling 100km in the valley as a whole. A particularly beautiful trail leads along the valley passing Lake Piller (Pillersee), from where you can catch the bus back to St Jakob. Another fine route leads up to the hut at Tennalm, from where there are splendid views over St Jakob and across towards Fieberbrunn.
    Please note that, although the documentation we send you for your holiday includes suggestions as to the most rewarding walks, we do not provide detailed route notes – the designated winter walking routes are well signposted.
  • Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & families
    Access to downhill pistes is either behind the hotel, where there are some easy runs on the Buchensteinwand hill for beginners and families, or via the ski bus to Waidring and Fieberbrunn at either end of the valley – each has a good choice of pistes for all abilities, with Fieberbrunn linked to the extensive Saalbach Hinterglemm ski area.

    Pistes: 22km to 1555m in St Jakob (comprises 11 pistes: blue 4, red 6, black 1, served by 1 chairlift & 7 draglifts), plus a further 40km to 2020m in Waidring and access to 270km from Fieberbrunn accessed by free ski bus (10-15mins)

     
    Downhill skiing
  • Tobogganing & more
    Tobogganing and horse-drawn sleigh rides are available locally, as is snow tubing.
    However you spend your days, you can stop for a leisurely lunch in one of the neighbouring villages, though you might prefer to return to the hotel, where a light lunch is included in the restaurant's winter garden, with views over the pistes.
    Snow tubing
  • Special events
    Christmas Eve is celebrated with traditional singing as well as a special gala dinner. On New Year's Eve, a gala dinner is followed by a midnight buffet, and fireworks in the village.
 

Accommodation

Attractive St Jakob in Haus is one of five villages which shelter in the valley of Pillerseetal, an all-year-round holiday region in the far north-east of the Tyrol.

The village (altitude: 856m) is quite small, with just a small supermarket, a bank with an ATM, a post office and a couple of cafés. A wider choice of shops, cafés and restaurants can be found in neighbouring Fieberbrunn, just five minutes away on the ski bus.

Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
Hotel Kitzspitz

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel
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  • 7 nights: 20 December - 25 December 2019, 26 December - 03 January 2020 & 04 January - 29 March 2020

    Start Saturday or Sunday* | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults 13-17 yrs 6-12 yrs 2-5 yrs
    20 Dec - 22 Dec # £1590 £938 £810 £605
    26 Dec - 26 Dec £1675 £988 £855 £635
    04 Jan - 05 Jan £1245 £735 £635 £472
    11 Jan - 12 Jan £1245 £735 £635 £472
    18 Jan - 26 Jan £1275 £752 £650 £485
    01 Feb - 09 Feb £1340 £790 £682 £510
    15 Feb - 16 Feb #:§ £1495 £882 £762 £568
    22 Feb - 23 Feb £1395 £822 £710 £530
    29 Feb - 01 Mar £1290 £765 £660 £492
    07 Mar - 15 Mar £1195 £705 £610 £455
    21 Mar - 22 Mar £1095 £645 £558 £415
    Single traveller supplement £130      

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    *Additional start days: Fri 20 Dec & Thu 26 Dec
    # Supplements apply on 16 Feb; please contact us for details

    Prices for children are based on sharing a room with 2 adults

    The 'Single traveller supplement' applies for solo travellers. A  supplement is also payable for a single room - see 'Additional prices' below

    Included travel: British Airways Gatwick-Salzburg (2h) (hold luggage included; please call for times) or British Airways Heathrow-Salzburg (1h55) (out dep 1215, home arr 1715; hold luggage included), connecting transfer (1h)
    #Variations: 21 Dec & 15 Feb Inghams charter Manchester-Salzburg (out dep 0840, home arr 1410; hold luggage included) or Birmingham-Salzburg (out dep 0815, home arr 1330; hold luggage included)
     

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Kitzspitz
    Family apartment (sleeps 4): 20 Dec - 29 Mar 2020 £45
    Single room: 20 Dec - 29 Mar 2020 £17
    South-facing: 20 Dec - 29 Mar 2020 £6
  • Cross-country beginner/improver; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ classic ski hire, 3 x 2hr lessons & trail pass £195 £195
    Cross-country intermediate; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ classic ski hire & trail pass £70 £70
    Downhill beginner/improver; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ ski hire, 3 x 2hr lessons & 6 day local area pass £440 £405
    Downhill intermediate; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ ski hire & 6 day local area pass £350 £315
    Downhill all levels; child (6-14yrs) High season Low season
    6 days’ ski hire, 5 x 4hr lessons & 6 day local area pass £325 £295

    High=holidays starting 20 Dec - 14 Mar; Low=all other dates

  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Salzburg (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Salzburg easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  Eurowings,  jet2 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Salzburg easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Salzburg jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Salzburg jet2 
    Edinburgh - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Salzburg jet2 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Salzburg jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Salzburg British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Salzburg British Airways,  Eurowings 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Salzburg easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Salzburg Eurowings,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Salzburg British Airways,  Charter (contact us),  Eurowings,  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Hamburg) Eurowings 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
    7 light lunches
  • afternoon cake
    soft drinks
  • detailed documentation
  • flights as detailed (regional flights available)
  • transfers from/to Salzburg Airport
 
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FAQs

  • If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, or during school holidays, you should definitely pre-book lessons. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of packages that we can arrange for you in advance.
    Sometimes we can’t make bookings on your behalf. In these cases you should phone or email the ski school well before your holiday to arrange a date and time; do not wait until you are on holiday to make arrangements. 
  • They are two mattresses (each with separate bedding) on one large base. They are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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