St. Johann Holidays

Traditional Austrian atmosphere and a great base for walking and excursions

This charming little market town set in the wide sunny valley close to Kitzbühel is full of Austrian traditions with a Baroque twin spire church and pretty town square filled with quaint cafés that play host to regular festivals and celebrations throughout the summer. There are plenty of shops and restaurants - guests enjoy the ‘Huber Bräu’ local Brewery with its very own tower, for traditional cuisine and views. The town is surrounded by miles of gentle walking and cycling paths, including riverside and valley walks to Kitzbühel, as well as up to higher peaks accessible by gondola. Bus and train links are excellent and its central location between Innsbruck and Salzburg make it a great base for excursions.

  • from£449pp
  • 43 rooms
Sporthotel Austria St. Johann Hotel Exterior

With high standards of food and service, this hotel lies in a quiet location ten minutes from the village centre. The whole hotel is non-smoking.

Useful Information
Information about St. Johann
Resort Code ATJO
Languages spoken German/English
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 47.521690
Longitude 12.429900
Travel and Transportation

Summer 2022

Flying from/to: Innsbruck
Birmingham Saturday
Gatwick Saturday/Wednesday

Innsbruck transfer approx. 2hr by coach.

Flying from/to: Salzburg
Birmingham Saturday
Gatwick Saturday/Wednesday

Salzburg transfer approx. 1hr 30min by coach.

Self drive is available.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No



Herrenchiemsee from £40 per person (full day)

Journey via the romantic village of Reit im Winkl to the Chiemsee, known as the “Bavarian Sea”. The Chiemsee is the largest lake in Bavaria. The biggest of several islands on the lake and accessible only by boat is Herrenchiemsee. The name derives from a sumptuous and wildly extravagant palace built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Marvel at the richly decorated interior and the stunning grounds all modeled on the Palace of Versailles. A fascinating insight into the world of a truly eccentric King.

Salzburg from £32 per person (full day)

Visit Mozart’s birthplace, the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the medieval Old Town and the famous Getreidegasse shopping street. An optional walking tour brings the history of this beautiful city to life.



Berchtesgaden, Germany (full day)

Cross the border into Germany and visit this beautiful Bavarian town with optional excursions to salt-mines and the spectacular Eagles Nest, Hitler’s famous hilltop retreat, where you can enjoy lunch with incredible panoramic views, (pay locally for Eagle's nest option).

Grossglockner Mountain (full day)

A magnificent drive along a famous Alpine road leading right into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park up to the highest mountain in Austria at 3,073m, for breath taking glacier views and a chance to see wild marmots at close range. One of our most popular excursions for nature lovers, we enjoy lunch on top of the mountain.


We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

Things To Do
  • Variety of shops and cafés
  • 210km of marked walking paths
  • 200km of cycling trails
  • Harschbichl cable-car
  • Natural swimming lake
  • Panoramabad large indoor/outdoor pool with water flumes and lido
  • 18 hole golf course
  • Tennis courts
  • Segway hire
  • E-Bike hire
  • Archery
  • Hot air balloon rides
  • Horse-riding
  • Treetops adventure course
  • Heritage museum
  • Local train station
  • Tyrolean evenings
  • Walkers' lift pass (from €34 for 3 in 7 days) available locally

We recommend the walkers’ lift pass for access to a variety of walks for all levels. The lift runs from approx. 23 May.

Festivals & Events

Regular annual festivals and events bring St. Johann to life throughout the summer with live music, beer tents, food stalls and entertainment:

  • Weekly farmers’ market in Town square
  • Brass band concerts in Town square
  • Excellent weekly Tyrolean evening (pay locally)
  • Vintage car rally (early Jun)
  • Billy goat mountain top festival (mid Jul)
  • Summer Solstice bonfire night (mid Jul)
  • Village ‘Jaggasn’ festival (mid Jul)
  • The famous St. Johann ‘Knödelfest’ the world’s largest dumpling festival! (mid Sept)

Dates are approximate.

Car hire is available.






Here’s an unusual one! The 40th Dumpling Festival in St. Johann, Austria will be on the 24th September 2022 with the longest dumpling table in the world, 300 meters long producing around 25,000 delicious dumplings! St. Johann’s main street, Speckbacherstrasse, becomes one enormous open-air restaurant. Socializing with the locals, traditional brass band music and lots of good food and drink are the order of the day!



Walking in St. Johann 800-1,890m

St. Johann is set in a wide and beautiful valley between the majestic Wilder Kaiser massif and the Kitzbüheler Horn. There are many additional side valleys to explore and over 200km of marked hiking paths and nine themed walking trails. St. Johann is also the start of Austria’s famous ‘Eagles Way’ long distance walking trail from East to West Tyrol. Terrain varies from meadow walks and riverside trails to the higher peaks of the Harschbichl gondola. Excellent bus and train links also make it easy to explore the neighbouring Kitzbühel, Ellmau and Söll walking areas with ease. POPULAR WALKS include the riverside and woodland trails to:

Popular Walks include the riverside and woodland trails to:

Kitzbühel | Easy | 2-4 hrs
Eiffersbacher Waterfall | Moderate | 4 hrs
Lourdes Grotto & Gmail Chapel | Moderate | 4 hrs
First stage of the ‘Eagles Way’ heading west to the Rummierhof Inn | Moderate | This stage gived fantastic views over St. Johann and the Kitzbühlerhorn.

Tourist Office Free Guided Walks

St. Johann Tourist Office runs FREE programme of guided walks that changes weekly, plus hiking booklets and stamps for those completing stages of the ‘Eagles Way’.

Good to know

  • Collect your " Sankt Johan guest card" from your hotel entitling you to free guided walks, free use of public buses and trains, and free entrance to the panorama bandwelt swimming pool
  • St. Johann is a quaint town with charming walks, cafes, restaurants and festivals throughout summer
  • Every Wednesday morning you can head up to Hintere Goinger Halt, to enjoy the beautiful sunrises over the Austrian Alps  
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