Holidays to St. Johann in Tirol

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.

Hotels in St. Johann

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Sporthotel Austria Winterstellenweg 3 St Johann 07 2022 Garten Abend 8

The Sporthotel Austria is a cosy and traditional hotel with modern touches. Close to the mountain lifts and town centre, there's plenty of walking to enjoy. Laze in the garden, take a dip in the pool, and enjoy a soothing sauna at the end of the day.


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Grossglockner from £48/32 per adult/child (full day)

This spectacular journey takes you over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, an incredible feat of engineering with stunning views. From the Franz-Josef's Höhe you'll see the Pasterze glacier and maybe catch a glimpse of 3,798-metre summit of the Grossglockner. Keep a look out for the wild marmots and Ibex too - they love the high alpine conditions. You can visit the free museums and exhibitions to learn about the National Park or enjoy a walk round the area and a tasty Austrian mountain meal.

Departs: Tuesdays

Salzburg from £42/26 per adult/child (full day)

Salzburg is a city full of culture, history and music. Visit Mozart’s birthplace, enjoy the view from the Hohensalzburg Fortress, or wander the famous Getreidegasse shopping street. Immerse yourself in history as you explore the medieval Old Town, discover museums and Baroque churches or visit the Salzburg Residenz Palace - the DomQuartier. There is an optional guided walking tour which is a great way to see more of the city (payable locally, approx. €12 per person).

Departs: Thursdays

Berchtesgaden from £42/26 per adult/child (full day)

There's a few options for you to choose from on this interesting trip to Berchtesgaden. Spend the day discovering the pretty Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden itself, or choose one of the optional extras that you can add on to your day (difference payable locally).

The most famous is the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle's Nest). Explore the historic building and surrounding area, with spectacular views on a clear day over the King's Lake. The house is famous for being Nazi-constructed and was used for government and social meetings by Hitler and the Nazi Party. Alternatively, head underground to see the Salt Mines. A network of tunnels and slides take you on an underground adventure discovering this once very important industry (optional add-ons are payable locally - Eagle's Nest approx. €30.80 per person, Salt Mines approx. €22.50 per person).

Departs: Fridays

Bookable Locally

Hidden Treasures from approx. €45/25 per adult/child

Discover some of the area's best kept secrets on this trip which combines three unique destinations. Our first 'treasure' is Kufstein, located on the banks of the River Inn. You'll have time to explore and admire this border town with its dominating Fortress. Next, you're off to the beautiful local Hechtsee lake, surrounded by forests and steeped in folklore. Our final destination is Rattenberg, rich in history and famous for Kisslinger glass - watch a glass-blowing demonstration and explore the picturesque streets of this tiny city.

Departs: Wednesdays

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 in low season 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

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)

St. Johann Guest Card

Your Guest Card will be given to you on arrival at your hotel. Included in the guest card is local train travel and discounts on cable cars and bonus partners.

Kitzbühel Alps Summer Card - buy locally | from €103.50 - 6 days | from €76.00 - 3 days | please present your guest card for a reduced rate.

Consecutive days only. Other durations are available.

The Summer Card includes up to 38 lifts in the region including the following lifts in the St. Johann and Kitzbühel area plus discounts on various bonus partners throughout the region.

  • Harschbichlbahn, St Johann (normally open 27 May - 8 Oct)
  • A1 Hahnenhammbahn, Kitzbühel (normally open 27 May - 5 Nov)
  • B1 Fleckalmbahn, Kirchberg (normally open 27 May - 8 Oct)
  • E1 Gaisberg, Kirchberg (normally open 13 May - 26 Oct)
  • G8/9 Panoramabahn 1 and 2, Pass Thurn (normally open 24 Jun - 8 Oct)
  • H11 Bichlalm, Aurach (normally open 8 Jun - 8 Oct)
  • H1/2 Hornbahn 1 and 2, Kitzbühel (normally open 13 May - 8 Oct)
  • H3 Hornbahn 3, Kitzbühel (normally open 27 May - 8 Oct)

In addition to these lifts, you also have access to operating lifts in St Johann in Tirol, Wildschönau, Alpbachtal, Fieberbrunn, Steinplatte Waidring, Pillersee, Lofer, Going, Ellmau, Scheffau, Söll, Brixen, Westendorf, Hopfgarten, Itter, and Kufstein, making the pass excellent value for money.






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

Walking trails: 200km of walking trails locally plus easy access to lots more nearby

Terrain: Diverse terrain from rolling hills and wide valleys to dramatic peaks

Best time to go: end of May to end of September. It can get hot in July and August but a dip in the outdoor pool is a great way to cool off

Recommended for: Walkers of all abilities, families, nature, activities

Fly into: Innsbruck or Salzburg (approx. 2 hours)

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours from Innsbruck or 1 hour 30 mins from Salzburg by coach

Rep service: Telephone (rep is based in Kitzbühel but visits St. Johann)

Resort card: St. Johann guest card included


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