The Tirol Mountains are gorgeous and trekking and biking through them is a highlight of travelling to Austria. There are cable cars that go up to the moutain tops during the summer and you can take in the views from above. The cables are used during the winter for skiing but the views in the summer from above the mountain tops is just as gorgeous in the summer as the winter. Worth the journey up the moutain.
You should also check out the Panorama Badewelt - it really is a super complex - 1 indoor pool, 1 kiddie pool (very nice), indoor water slide, outside there is a olympic sized swimming pool, 2 kiddie pools with more water slides and a playground. Not to mention the surrounding mountain views. Not only that but you can swim through from the indoor area out into a heated outdoor pool with jacuzzi bubbles that is so warm that you can sit in it even in bad weather, we went twice in the rain!
Really great for children.
If you are staying in St Johann you get free entry - ask tour hotelier to fill out a card for you, and don't forget to show your guestcard .
For 13.50 Euros you can spend as much time as you like at the Saunawelt. 2 aroma steam rooms, outside sauna, plunge pool, 3 indoor saunas, footwashing section, relaxation area, showers, some with massage jets, some with crushed ice! Really fab complex. You can hire towels or bathrobes for 2 Euros. One tip though: you're not allowed to wear your swimsuit and most Austrians just sit naked on their towel. There was a "salz-peeling" that day which was free of charge - basically rubbing salt onto your body to exfoliate, it was very nice.
The town's fountain, just near the main square, gives honour to a roman catholic priest who in 1809 boldly faced the enemy all alone at the entrance of the parish and asked the French general Lefebre in perfect French to spare the village. The general, surprised by the priest´s courage, complied with the request and St Johann was spared destruction.
Its just a short walk from the railway station (also where the bus stops) into the pedestrianised centre of St Johann. Walk slowly and take in all the many details and frescoes which adorn the buildings.
The post office in St Johann is a big cream building in the central square of the town.
Like other buildings this has an interesting, decorative mural - depicting coach and horse telegraph posts from former years. A close of this detail can be seen in the travelogue.
St Johann is a good place to go shopping - there are several boutiques selling beautiful clothes, different to what you'd get back home as well as shops for traditional tirolean costumes. Plenty of souvenir shops as well - almost bought this t-shirt as a warning for Richie if he visits many more beer halls ;-)
Inside the baroque church are famous fresco paintings, e.g. one by S.B. Faistenberger - so if you are interested in art then pop inside. There is also a fine pulpit and the painting on the high altar shows all the patrons of the church.
St Johann's beautiful baroque church, situated in its central cafe-lined square, was built between 1723 and 1732 by Abraham Millauer. Its impressive frontage in pastel yellow and white has two fine steeples.
The tirolean town of St Johann is one of the larger ones in this region. It lies at the base of the Kitzbuhler Horn in a broad valley at the crosspoint of the Wilder Kaiser valley.
It has a colourful, central pedestrian zone full of shops and cafes as well as the beautiful baroque church, which lies just off the main square. It was a lovely way to end our stay in Austria, whiling away a few restful hours here after a week of walking the local area.
St Johann has several historic buildings which are colourfully decorated. One of these is the Schellhornhaus which was the headquaters of the Tirolean freedom fighter Speckbacher in 1809. Its not possiblte to visit inside but the outside facade is interesting enough.
Built in 1728 by Abraham Milbauer. This was the first large baroque church in the area. It was built on the site of an earlier gothic structure.
You must go into the church to have a look around.
We were amazed by the beauty of the inside of this small town church.
There are many war monuments around the town. Sadly they are all in Austrian and we did not understand all that they were about.