Sankt Johann in Tirol Off The Beaten Path

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    ST. JACOB AM HAUS ST JAKOB'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jun 8, 2014

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    This town is situated between St. Ulrich am Pillersee and St Johann in Tirol. This pretty mountain village was settled in the10th century. We made a stop here so I could go and see the local Church whose patron saint is St. Jakob. This gothic church was built in the 17th century.
    Well, I didn't get to see the " marvellous figures and oil painting of the resurrection of Christ, nor the ceiling frescos," as the Church door was closed and locked!

    Instead, I walked around the church cemetery which once again was very pretty.

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    SCENIC DRIVE TO ST. ULRICH AM PILLERSEE

    by balhannah Written Jun 8, 2014

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    Located just 16kms from St Johann in Tirol is the beautiful Pillersee lake and the township of St. Ulrich am Pillersee. The town was named after bishop Ulrich, bishop of Augsburg.
    It was in the 10th century when the first Bavarians came and settled in this area, then in the 12th century, the Black Monks of the monastery of Rott am Inn arrived.

    I can see why this is such a popular holiday destination. Lake PIllersee is a beautiful, clear freshwater lake where people go fishing and swimming in summer. Beside the lake were paddle boats, great for family fun. A Café/Restaurant situated right beside the lake had wonderful lake views and of the pretty onion domed church in St. Ulrich. Dairy Cattle were grazing on the bright green grass, too nice a day to be shut in the Barn!

    If your here in winter, and I wasn't, there are three skiing areas Fieberbrunn and Waidring - Steinplatte, and the skiing area Buchensteinwand - Pillersee Tal located directly at St. Ulrich am Pillersee and featuring 21 km of ski slopes.

    This very scenic area has heaps of walking trails and viewpoints, plenty to offer all members of the family.

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    HISTORIC CHURCH CEMETERY

    by balhannah Written Jun 6, 2014

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    I have just been inside Waidring church, now it's time for me to have a look at the exterior.

    I must admit that I really enjoy looking around cemeteries and even though I can't read German, I have found the Austrian cemeteries interesting and pretty.

    The Waidring church was situated on the high side of the road and had a small Chapel in the yard where the cemetery was. This mountain cemetery had many wrought iron crosses in several styles, all were beautifully decorated. Each grave site had a small dirt plot where most people had planted some flowers. Even though there was nothing in some, they were clean and tidy with no weeds. I thought what a lovely final spot for those people!

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    VISIT WAIDRING'S HISTORIC CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jun 6, 2014

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    Located 15kms from St Johann in Tirol is the village of Waidring. If you like beautiful Churches, then I suggest you take the scenic drive and come and see the Pfarrkirche zum Hl. Vitus und Nikolaus. I was amazed to find such a beautiful church in a small village.

    A church has been here since 1381, before that, the inhabitants of Waidring had to walk to Kirchdorf to celebrate holy mass.
    The outside of the Chuch is attractive, but you must go inside to the the old frescoes that have been painted over in 1950. The floor of the church is made from rocks of the Steinplatte, the Pulpit is made from valuable red marble, and the carved benches are more than 150 years old.

    The rococo style Altar is quite a rare 4 column altar and has the painting "Mother of God with Jesus Christ," the work of an unknown painter. The sculptures are of St.Vitus who is patron of the church, St. Nikolaus, St. George and the dragon , St.Florian with burning house, St. Petrus with golden coat and St.Paul.
    The ceiling frescoes are of St. Vitus and St. Nikolaus, heaven's gate with angels and dove and Mother Mary.

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    The Arm Pulpit

    by Peterodl Written Mar 27, 2008
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    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.

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    Canyoning

    by nattybabe Written Sep 25, 2007

    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.

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    Paragliding

    by nattybabe Written Sep 25, 2007

    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!

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  • Walk down from Harschbichl to Mittelstat

    by Kiera Written Aug 21, 2005

    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.

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    A walk for the next visit

    by sandysmith Written Jun 5, 2004

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    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

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