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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, St Jakob. 7 nights
Hotel Kitzspitz, St Jakob. 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 and a wide variety of ways to enjoy the snow – in addition to the plentiful cross-country skiing and winter walking options, visitors can try their hand at snowshoeing, downhill skiing and tobogganing, or even explore the idyllic wintry scenery in a horse-drawn sleigh.

All activities are easily accessed from the Kitzspitz, a superb Nature Hotel with first-rate spa facilities. run by the wonderfully welcoming 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.
  • 110km in the Pillerseetal region; best suited to beginners & intermediates
    One of five villages which make up the World Cup region of Pillerseetal, St Jakob is blessed with a plentiful supply of cross-country trails – which start virtually from your hotel door. These trails link into the wider regional network, across which bus travel is free of charge with your visitor’s card. A trail pass is required to access the trails.

    Those around St Jakob, and the neighbouring village of St Ulrich, are relatively easy, criss-crossing meadows and passing through the woodland that surrounds both villages. For more challenging options, it is best to catch the bus to nearby Hochfilzen, a regular host of World Cup events. Here are some of our favourite options:

    Around St Jakob, ‘Sonnenloipe’: 4km
    This ‘sunny trail’ is an undulating route which offers lovely views of the surrounding mountain ranges – including the imposing 1,996-metre-high Kitzbüheler Horn – as it passes along the valley floor to Moosbach.

    St Ulrich loop: 8km
    Accessed by free, local bus, this relatively flat option is surprisingly varied: it crosses two rivers; enjoys a very peaceful section amid woodland; and meanders through the hamlets of Schwendt, Au and Neuwieben before reaching St Ulrich.

    Hochfilzen Pass-Griessen: 9.5km
    Also accessed by bus, this route rises and falls as it heads across the state border into the province of Salzburg. For a shorter day, simply turn around whenever you wish to return to Hochfilzen; otherwise, the full route continues to Griessen and also includes a loop beyond the village.
    A good choice of routes ©Kitzbüheler Alpen/Mirja Geh
    Beautiful trails in the valley ©Kitzbüheler Alpen/Rolart
  • 100km in the Pillerseetal region
    Nestled in a quiet valley, and framed by forested hills and high peaks, St Jakob has access to a good network of winter walking trails. A number of these lie just a few steps from your hotel; others can be reached using the regular local bus service (free of charge with your visitor’s card).
     
    All trails are well signed, and the snow specially flattened to facilitate walking. In the detailed documentation we provide, we give an overview of our five favourite options, including the following three routes:

    St Jakob to Eidlberg: 7km
    Beginning in the centre of the village, this route follows the aptly-named Panorama Path towards the hamlet of Filzen. From here, you climb to the Eiblberg Einkehr, a cosy Alpine hut with excellent views up and down the valley. Be sure to try one of the Eiblberg’s traditional meat and cheese platters, as well as its delicious homemade cakes.

    St Ulrich-Pillersee-Adolari: 5km
    This beautiful route commences in the neighbouring village of St Ulrich, from where it leads first alongside the Grieselbach river, and then to the eastern shore of Lake Piller. On reaching the head of the lake, choose either to retrace your steps or to continue to Adolari, where you’ll find a restaurant and a 15th-century pilgrimage church dedicated to St Adolari.

    Fieberbrunn to Tennalm: 3km
    Having caught the bus to Fieberbrunn, you follow a quiet road up to the Tennalm mountain inn. Situated at an altitude of 1030 metres, this restaurant offers a splendid backdrop against which to enjoy dishes of traditional Tyrolean fare.
    Tranquil Lake Piller
  • Snowshoeing, downhill skiing & more
    With a weekly programme of activities organised by the local tourist office, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the snow in this pretty valley.

    Snowshoeing
    Getting to grips with snowshoeing is easy – as soon as you are comfortable with walking in the wide shoes, you are ready to step off the beaten track and explore St Jakob’s silent, unspoiled landscapes. We include one guided snowshoe hike (with equipment provided) for all holidays commencing between 9-24 January and from 6 March 2021.

    Downhill skiing
    Downhill skiers of all levels will enjoy St Jakob’s slopes: the small ski area just behind the hotel offers 22 kilometres of pistes and is ideal for beginners and intermediates; while the larger domains of Waidring and Fieberbrunn – situated at opposing ends of the valley – both have a good choice of pistes for all abilities and are only a short bus ride away. Fieberbrunn, at the southern end, is linked to the extensive Saalbach Hinterglemm Ski Circus with over 270 kilometres of slopes.

    Tobogganing
    Borrow a toboggan free of charge from the hotel and try out the local run! St Jakob’s 1.5-kilometre run is open daily and is located half an hour’s walk from the Kitzspitz; at the bottom, you’ll find the Kröpflstüberl restaurant – ideal for refuelling after your ride.

    Horse-drawn sleigh rides
    Or, for something more sedate, why not explore the snowy scenery by horse-drawn sleigh? Your hotel is able to organise good-value sleigh rides through the Pillersee Valley, starting from the Strasserwirt riding school in St Ulrich.
    Enjoy a snowshoe hike ©Kitzbüheler Alpen/Franz Gerdl
  • Enjoy the views from Jakobskreuz
    Even if you have no plans to downhill ski, be sure to ride the chairlift to the summit of the Buchensteinwand mountain, located just behind the hotel. At 1,456 metres high, this may not be the highest peak in the area, but it is home to Jakobskreuz (Jakob’s Cross) – a hugely distinctive, 30-metre high building in the shape of a cross. While the building was designed primarily as a meeting space, most visitors come to admire the spectacular, 360-degree views from the various viewing platforms, and to enjoy a relaxing lunch or delicious apple strudel in the neighbouring restaurant.
    Jakobskreuz
    Spectacular views
  • 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.
 

Where you stay

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

 

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  • 7 nights: 19 December 2020 - 28 March 2021

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

    Starting Adults
    19 Dec - 20 Dec 2020 £1595
    26 Dec - 26 Dec 2020 £1745
    02 Jan - 03 Jan 2021 £1345
    09 Jan - 24 Jan 2021 £1295
    30 Jan - 07 Feb 2021 £1395
    13 Feb - 14 Feb 2021 £1745
    20 Feb - 28 Feb 2021 £1395
    06 Mar - 07 Mar 2021 £1245
    13 Mar - 21 Mar 2021 £1135
    Single traveller supplement £125

    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.

    * Start days: not possible to start Sunday 27 December

    Included travel: British Airways Heathrow or Gatwick to Salzburg (2h) (times vary, please contact us for details; hold luggage included), connecting transfer (1h)

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

    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.

    7 nights: 19 December 2020 - 28 March 2021

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

    Starting Adults
    19 Dec - 20 Dec 2020 £1550
    26 Dec - 26 Dec 2020 £1750
    02 Jan - 03 Jan 2021 £1670
    09 Jan - 24 Jan 2021 £1475
    30 Jan - 07 Feb 2021 £1570
    13 Feb - 14 Feb 2021 £1735
    20 Feb - 28 Feb 2021 £1570
    06 Mar - 07 Mar 2021 £1420
    13 Mar - 21 Mar 2021 £1295
    Single traveller supplement £75

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus Eurostar and onward rail services from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford, plus any transfer to the hotel as described below (see 'Rail option from London' section).

    * Start days: not possible to start Sunday 27 December

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

    Prices are subject to availability and supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Kitzspitz, St Jakob
    Mountain view with balcony: 19 Dec - 28 Mar 2021 £8
    Single room: 19 Dec - 28 Mar 2021 £18
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Salzburg (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    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 here.  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,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Salzburg British Airways,  Eurowings 
    Heathrow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    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 here.  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.

  • Take high-speed trains via Brussels to Frankfurt then change pace for the last part of the journey as the mountains gradually draw closer.

    If you would prefer an alternative route, perhaps by sleeper train, our rail specialists can tailor the arrangements to suit you.

    > Travelling by train to Austria: what to expect
    > More about 'by rail' prices

    Route on which prices are based

    Outward journey Departure time
    from London
    Arrival time
    at hotel
    St Pancras–Brussels–Frankfurt–Munich–Kufstein (Eurostar, ICE & Eurocity, 10h30), transfer to hotel (0h50) Approx 0650 Mon-Sat (0855 Sun) Approx 1920 Mon-Sat (2120 Sun)
    Homeward journey Departure time
    from hotel
    Arrival time
    in London
    Transfer to Freilassing (1h), Freilassing–Stuttgart–Paris–St Pancras (Eurocity, ICE & Eurostar, 11h30) Approx 0900 Approx 2040
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
    7 light lunches
  • afternoon cake
    soft drinks
  • detailed documentation
  • local area bus pass
  • rail travel or flights from London (regional flights available)
  • transfers from/to Salzburg Airport (if flying)
 
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FAQs

  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – activities such as winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • 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 options 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. 

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • Yes. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of options that we can arrange for you in advance.

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • 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 and Lizzie 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.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • 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 take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for residents of the UK and Europe, but not Switzerland), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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 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 for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). If still entitled to one when the EU withdrawal transition period ends on 31 December 2020, UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (a scheme allowing reciprocal health care) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk.
  • (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.
  • If you are planning to take a holiday after 1 January 2021, visit https://www.gov.uk/transition.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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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