St. Johann -in the heart of the Kitzbuhel Alps

As you have surely noticed, we have already been pretty much everywhere. We conquered the big world metropolises, bathed in the crystal clear sea or tried to get the biggest trees in the world on a photo. But often one forgets that the good things are so close by. That's what happened to us with the vacation region St. Johann in Tyrol, near the Bavarian border with Austria.

The Kitzbuhel Alps offer everything you need! Lots of space for sports, breathtaking dioramas, an indescribable wild nature and above all hospitality. Since Michael and I sometimes have quite different interests, the vacation region of St. Gallen turned out to be a good choice. Johann as a real multi-talent. While Michael collects altitude meters with his racing bike, I can enjoy shopping in small boutiques and afterwards take advantage of one or the other wellness offer. The summer is already saved. Of course, we also do a lot together, such as a hike at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser or an evening visit to a local restaurant with hearty home cooking.

Even though neither of us can really call ourselves winter sports fans, we are still fascinated by the mountains with their snow lined peaks. What you can experience as a sportier person than us so everything in the mountain region, you read below! But also we found something. On the 2. December takes place the annual 18. Kirchdorf Advent market takes place. For us flatlanders certainly much more romantic than a Christmas market in the big city. The mountains and numerous atmospheric illuminations give a very special anticipation of Christmas.

But we also want to have a little bit of the winter nature, so we decided to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Michael can't skate, but it's definitely on the program. Isn't the most beautiful thing in winter the warming up after a long day in the fresh cold air, in a very cozy hut??

Where exactly is the vacation region St. Johann?

St. Johann in Tirol, also called Sainihans among the locals, is located in Tirol, more precisely in the district of Kitzbuhel. The nearly 10.The small market town with a population of 000 is located just 15 kilometers from the German-Austrian border.

Together with its neighboring villages, Erpfendorf, Kirchdorf and Oberndorf, the region offers numerous recreational opportunities both in summer and in winter.

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And how do I reach St. Johann?

The region is very conveniently located for transport. Even by airplane St. Johann worth a trip from the north. For us from the Saarland this time the variant with the own car came into consideration. If you do not dare to make a long trip, the train is a good alternative.

  • from Munich (135 km) via Inntalautobahn A12, arrival via Kufstein Sud, via Eiberg (173) and Bundesstrabe 178; toll-free arrival from Germany via Oberaudorf!
  • from Innsbruck (90 km) via Inntalautobahn A 12, exit Worgl Ost, Bundesstrabe 178;
  • from Salzburg (60 km) via A1 or A10 to exit Salzburg West or exit Bad Reichenhall (A8), Bundesstrabe 21 (D), via Lofer and Bundesstrabe 178;

The Kitzbuhel Alps are centrally located between three airports. Innsbruck airport is 100 km away, Salzburg airport is 60 km away and Munich airport is 160 km away.

From the airport it is recommended to use a rental car or the train.

For those traveling by train, there is an express train stop in St. Gallen. Johann in Tyrol and a regional train stop in Oberndorf.

  • from Innsbruck main station ca. 80 min
  • from Munich approx. 2,5 hours
  • from Vienna ca. 5,5 hours

With a little luck you can get train tickets starting at 19,- Euro per person and one-way ticket!

Active in the Kitzbuhel Alps

The region around St. Johann offers a lot of action in the warm season as well as in the cold season. The best way to enjoy the fresh mountain air in summer is to go for a long hike or on your bike. In winter you can exchange your bike for skis or a board.



In summer the possibilities for sports and active vacations are almost unlimited. There is something for every age and interest. If sports are not your favorite activity, there are also numerous excursion possibilities.

The region St. Johann offers you the best conditions for an active sports holiday in winter. Experience the Kitzbuhel Alps close to nature while cross-country skiing, skiing, ski touring or winter hiking.


Cross-country skiing

With over 200 km, the region offers a gigantic network of hiking trails for all levels. Under this link you will find all information. St.Johann is an ideal starting point for many themed tours, such as a hut tour.

The region St. Johann offers on its website an informative overview of hiking trails of various lengths and difficulty levels.

Often dog and vacation are in competition – Not in St. Johann. Here you can find an overview of all accommodations, which also allow your four-legged friend to go hiking with you.

There are alone over 250 km of trails with the Tyrolean cross-country skiing seal of approval at your disposal. And the best thing about it, all cross-country skiing trails are free of charge! Due to the high altitudes there are guaranteed white cross-country ski runs around Kirchdorf.

Around Erpfendorf and St. Johann you can even run at night under floodlight.

If that's not enough, you can also compete with like-minded people at the annual International Tyrolean Koasalauf. Every year more than 2000 runners from over 20 nations meet in front of the backdrop of the Wilder Kaiser.

Cycling and mountain biking

Ski and Snowboard

Whether on a racing bike, mountain bike or e-bike, the Wilder Kaiser – Kalkstein – Kitzbuhel Alps region offers 200 km of diverse opportunities for all levels of difficulty.

The region of St. Johann is considered the largest e-bike region in the world. There are dozens of battery charging stations and rentals.

The river adventure trail on the Grobache is ideal for faimlien. Racing cyclists, on the other hand, get their money's worth every year at the Cycling World Cup. But there are also single trails and numerous hospitable resting places.

With the 3-Lander Freizeit-Arena ski pass you have more than 164 km of slopes of all levels of difficulty in the region at your disposal. If this is still not enough for you, you can ski all 2750 km in Tyrol with the Super Ski Card.
What could be better than sitting together after the fun on the slopes?? – In addition, the region offers over 20 rustic ski huts. Single ski passes are available from 25,- Euro per person. The 3-Lander Freizeit-Arena ski pass costs just 95,- Euro for two days. Find out all the latest prices here! If you can't ski, just go tobogganing! There are also many toboggan runs here.