Jennifer Born

  • Gourmet
  • Mountain lover
  • Kitzbühel blogger

Jennifer came to Kitzbühel almost six years ago and has called it her home ever since. She loves the mountains, the lakes and the lifestyle of the renowned, charming mountain village.

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The heart of Kitzbühel is where I love to start my day the most: Pano is my favourite place to meet friends for breakfast, but I also enjoy coming here by myself and enjoying a good morning read in the local newspaper. The place has a huge selection of delicious bread spreads on offer, as well as tasty egg dishes.

Afterwards I stroll through town and check Kitzbühel’s stores, where the prices can be pretty high, but there are also a few more affordable options. Unfortunately, I always feel drawn to the labels which force you to dig deep into your pockets. I’m always glued to the shop windows of Helmut Eder and after a while I’ll go inside, even if it’s only to talk to the ladies in the store about the latest trends. Another place where I like to hang out is the Café Burgstall which is conveniently located close to my home.

Exploring Kitzbühel’s surrounding is a must, as there are so many wonderful things to enjoy in the greater area. The little village of Ellmau, for example, is just beautiful and I love to come here a lot! Especially the café Zauberei is where I always sit down for a lovely piece of cake or cup of coffee.

When I feel like going for a walk or running I like to go to the lake Schwarzsee and burn some energy on the trails. The distance of 3.5 km is ideal for me, as a rather casual sportsperson. There is also a trail where you can do various exercises which is quite fun, too. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit in summer for a refreshing dip in the lake when you’re finished and all sweaty – great fun!

There is a lake I like even better – the Kirchberger Badesee. It’s cooler, the water is clearer, and you can unleash your inner child on the massive slides.

A quieter although no less enjoyable activity is going for a walk through the wonderful Wildpark in Aurach. Deers frequently cross your path and you forget about time up here. The atmosphere here is very special.

This is what I really appreciate about Kitzbühel: it can get very crowded, busy and wild, but on the other hand, there are so many peaceful and magical spots in the surrounding nature that can calm you down immediately – it’s just the right mix!

A few of my favourite mountain huts are the Gasthof Hagstein, Rosi’s Sonnbergstubn, Hornköpflhütte and the Maierl Alm. They’ve all got great sun terraces where you can indulge in Tyrolean delicacies while taking in the views. One of the most popular mountain hot spots is Bei Tomschy in Hochkitzbühel. This is where the typical Kitzbühel lifestyle is celebrated, at 1700 metres above sea level. The best time to go there is on Saturday afternoon, when you can put on your dancing shoes and party to cool house music all day long!

In the wintertime, I prefer to hit the slopes in the off-season, when it’s not quite so crowded. When I do, I always end up having a chocolate chilli shot at the Hochbrunn hut. Make sure you leave early enough so as not to have to ski in the dark though. A favourite locale of mine to go to for a hearty dinner after a long day of skiing or hiking is the Saukaserstub’n in Jochberg. It’s warm and welcoming, very down-to-earth, and the food is simply divine. I also have to recommend the lobster at 1st Lobster, the Moosbeerschmarn – a local dessert – at Rosi’s Sonnbergstubn and the Schnitzel at Leo’s Landhäusel, which almost tastes too good to be believed.

Kitzbühel is pretty famous for its party scene as well, and I always like to start a good night out at the Reisch Bar or at the Fünferl and dance away the hours at the Club Take Five afterwards. If prefer some good conversation after dinner, I meet friends at the wine bar Hillinger. Along with its excellent wine, they are delicious cheese platters, with the best chutney I’ve ever tasted. Another cosy bar is the hotel bar of the A-Rosa, where you can sit in front of a big open fireplace.

Kitzbühel is small but big in what it is and there is always something going on here. Three years ago I was about to leave Kitzbühel for good, but then I met my boyfriend and decided to stay on – and I’m very glad I did.


PanoHinterstadt 12, Kitzbühel, Austria

Everything here is made with lots of love and passion for tradition and local produces.
Helmut EderSterzinger Platz 3, Kitzbühel, Austria

I can never pass by this store without taking a look inside, wishing I could buy everything they have in store.
Das Café BurgstallKitzbüheler Str. 71, Kirchberg in Tirol, Austria

Enjoy a really great breakfast with homemade bread and excellent coffee!
ZaubereiBirkenweg 8, Ellmau, Austria

The café Zauberei is where I go every time I'm in the near by village Ellmau. It's a wonderful breakfast and lunch spot!
SchwarzseeSchwarzseestraße 88 6370 Kitzbühel, Austria

The lake is perfect for a little workout: walk or run around the lake, do some exercises on the fitness trail and jump into the lake afterwards.
Badesee KirchbergSeestraße 50, Kirchberg in Tirol, Austria

This is my favourite lake for long summer days!
WildparkWildpark Aurach, Wildparkweg, Aurach bei Kitzbühel, Austria

Whenever I long for some quiet and peaceful hours I come up here and go for a walk. It's balm for my soul!
Gasthof HagsteinHagsteinweg 91, Kitzbühel, Österreich

Their sun terrace is a wonderful place to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over the Kitzbühel Alps.
Rosi’s SonnbergstubnOberaigenweg 101-103, Kitzbühel, Austria

Indulge in delicious local cuisine in a very cosy atmosphere!
HornköpflhütteRied am Horn 8, Kitzbühel, Austria

Both in summer and in winter this charming mountain hut is the perfect stop for all skiers, mountain bikers and hikers.
Maierl AlmKrinberg 14, Kirchberg in Tirol, Austria

Experience typical Austrian delicacies prepared in a creative and lovely way. The chalets of the Maierl Am are also beautiful to stay at, perfect for bigger groups and families!
Bei TomschyHahnenkamm 1, 6370 Kitzbühel, Österreich

The place to be on a Saturday afternoon in Kitzbühel: dance all day long to cool house music and enjoy this incredible mountain panorama in front of you!
HochbrunnBrunn 40, Kirchberg in Tirol, Austria

When you're on the slopes and need something to get warm again, come here and have a chocolate chilly shot!
Saukaserstub'nSaukaserweg 14, Jochberg, Austria

My favourite restaurant in the area, I always have the truffle cordon bleu here – so good!
1st LobsterIm Gries 6, Kitzbühel, Austria

You're a fan of surf ‘n' turf done right? Then this is where you have to go, the restaurant 1st Lobster!
Leo’s LandhäuselObere Gänsbachgasse 8, Kitzbühel, Austria

Don't miss out on their legendary Schnitzel!
Reisch BarFranz-Reisch-Straße 3, Kitzbühel, Austria

The bar of the hotel Reisch is a cool place for having drinks and celebrating the end of another beautiful day in Kitzbühel.
Fünferl / Club Take FiveFranz-Reisch-Straße 1, Kitzbühel, Austria

First it's some drinks at the bar Fünferl before the real party starts at Club Take Five. Kitzbühel life up close!
HillingerRathauspl. 5, Kitzbühel, Austria

I love this elegant wine bar for its nice atmosphere and the great wine, of course.
A-RosaRied Kaps 7, Kitzbühel, Austria

The bar of the hotel A-Rosa is the perfect place to meet with a good friend and enjoy some drinks in front of their fire place.
‘The breathtaking panorama and the serenity and peace this place radiates – I don’t want that to be missing from my life ever again.’
  • I love hanging out at the Café Burgstall, enjoying their great breakfast!
  • The lake Schwarzsee is a perfect little lake to walk or run around. Working out with a backdrop like this gives you the extra motivational kick!
  • Just thinking about the truffle cordon bleu at Saukaserstub'n is mouth-watering!
  • The restaurant Kaiserstube of the alp Maierl Alm treats guests with a panoramic view and delicious food! © Fotostudio Dorfstetter Hubert
  • I really have a soft spot for the fashion store Helmut Eder, I can never just walk by.
  • Doesn't that look inviting for a warming Schnaps in between skiing? Stop at the alp Hochbrunn for some après ski fun! ©Wolf Lux
  • Kitzbühel is often claimed to be a winter destination but actually this place is an all year round talent and really beautiful in summer, too. Check it out!
  • Pano is not only a fantastic breakfast place but also offers beautiful lifestyle accessories for purchase!
  • Visit the Maierl Alm for tasting the best traditional Tyrolean cuisine! © Fotostudio Dorfstetter Hubert
  • High-class dining at the restaurant 1st Lobster – what a treat!
  • The wine bar Hillinger is a nice place for hanging out with friends, tasting fantastic wines and talking for hours on end. © Hillinger
  • Read more about life in Kitzbühel on my blog !

My thoughts about Kitzbühel

What do you love about your destination?

Kitzbühel can be quite glamorous, but it also has a very down-to-earth side.

What‘s a "must do" in your destination?

Enjoy the truffle cordon bleu at Saukaserstubn and a Saturday at Tomschy.

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What’s your background?

I’m a German who has been living in the Austrian town of Kitzbühel for the last six years. I came here to further my career in five-star hotels. After an exciting time in a management position I felt kind of tired of my job. I then started my blog, as I was always recommending restaurants and other places to be in Kitzbühel, since the very day I moved here. It’s always been important to me to meet new people, so I decided to take a job as a store manager for the coolest ski fashion store ever (

What is the best moment of the day?

There are several: having a lovely breakfast with friends, eating a steak for dinner, dancing to house music or skiing when Kitzbühel is not crowded.

What inspires you?

Meeting new and interesting people, Kitzbühel’s nature with its mountains and lakes that are enjoyable all year round, good food alongside a nice glass of wine or a cool beer.

How would a good friend describe you?

Up-to-date, shopaholic, food lover, connoisseur of the good life.

Your lifestyle in 5 words?

Good vibes only, no stress (anymore), enjoy life, love and laugh, eat well.

Which books, newspapers or magazines do you read?

Instyle, Woman, Kitzbüheler Anzeiger.

Which films blow your mind?

I love real-life documentaries and movies based on true stories.

Person you’d like to sit next to in an airplane?

The pilot.

What are your favourite destinations around the globe?

I haven’t been to ‘exotic’ destinations yet but everywhere I’ve been so far I have only the best memories of. Maybe I just prefer simple classics like Mallorca, Ibiza, London, Madrid, New York.

Your life philosophy?

Enjoy your life – you only have the one.

Suitcase, Backpack or Weekender?


Travelling is…

learning more about this world, broadening horizons, making memories.

Life is…

better on the slopes, lovely on a beach, cool in the mountains, hot at a party.

First Row Image left © Wolf Lux

Second Row Images left © 1st Lobster


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