In the town Catholic Church, the pulpit has something I've never seen before in a church. Coming out of the pulpit, there is an arm holding out a cross. Now, I was explained by a local that this is meant to be a symbol meaning that the person reading scripture in the pulpit is a representation of the right hand of God.
It's a different way of conveying the message if it's actually true what I was told but it's still a fun thing to find for yourself.
I also went canyoning whilst in St Johann - this was in 2001 and as it's a dangerous activity it may not still be running. We drove around 1 hour out of town to the drop off point, got decked out in our wetsuits and special shoes and headed off! We started by learning how to abseil. Once this was "mastered" we abseiled down the waterfall into the cave/canyon. We then walked, crawled, slithered, swam and abseiled our way through the icy cold water for around 1 hour before making it through to the exit at the other end.
It was one of the most exhillarating experiences of my life and if it's still running, I highly recommend it.
In summer, St Johann is a fantastic place to try out the adventure sports. On a clear day, you can catch the gondola up to the top of the mountain and paraglide off the top of the black run. I did this as a tandem glide and it was amazing to just sit back and enjoy the scenery. The guide will also let you "drive" while they take some photos of you on their professional camera on a stick. In 2001 it cost me $280 which included all the equipment, the photos (10 exposures), a tabboggan ride down a hill and a bungy trampoline jump (that's pretty fun!!). It was a fantastic afternoon of adventure and I'd definitely recommend it!
Get the cable car to the top (Harschbichl). There you will find, apart from the marvellous views, a café and fab children's play area complete with old Reliant Robin for them to trash! If you have young children you can take your buggy up as the paths are very good, although you will have to take path 2 rather than 1 as 1 is stoney in places as it serves as a short cut. Walk down from the top as far as the lake at the Mittelstat and get the cable back down from there - took us just over an hour at a slow pace and we stopped at the lake for lunch.
Kirchdorf to Maukalm (1 267 m) to Kaiser-Hochalm (1 417 m)to Gscheuerkopf (1 279 m) to Kirchdorf
A walk to Kaiserhochalm and Kaiserniederalm, along an alpine path with cliffs spectacularly overhanging St Johann in Tyrol 9.4 miles - 6? hrs