St. Johann Travel Guide
St. Johann is a festive little resort village in the Tyrol, just around the Kitzbühelerhorn Mountain from Kitzbühel. Ski lifts climb the Kitzbühelerhorn directly from the village, with the main lift, the Harschbichl gondola, starting up the mountain from a residential area. The village is mostly centered around a small market square, where a stately, two-towered, onion-domed parish church, dating from 1723, together with a row of frescoed houses, dominates. The square is a pedestrian-only area, the locale of the town's many festivals, and sits adjacent to the busy Speckbacherstrasse which leads to the mountain lift stations. Be forewarned however, that even though St. Johann is just around the corner from Kitzbühel, it is clearly at the other end of the spectrum from the latter in terms of both cost and atmosphere, catering more to lower budgets than the well-heeled fashion-conscious lot, but a fun place all the same.
St. Johann is located at the foot of the Kitzbühelerhorn at an elevation of 2,165 feet (660 m), amid striking alpine scenery, where the Kitzbühler Ache, the Fieberbrunner Ache and the Reither Ache rivers meet, with rolling pasturelands stretching north from it toward the magnificent Wilder Kaiser. it is 45 miles (72 km) southwest of Salzburg, or 60 miles (96 km) northeast of Innsbruck.
St. Johann has a train station, and can be reached from either Salzburg or Innsbruck by rail.
St. Johann has some 20 on-slope huts that serve food and drinks and some even have live music. In the village there are several good watering holes and après-ski and nightlife venues too, many of them just off the slopes. Among the more popular ones are Michi's, located in the Hotel Fischer, which offers some good late-night fun; the Crowded House in the Hotel Goldener Löwe, which is a pulsating disco-type venue drawing a younger crowd with its high-decibel music; Max Pub, a lively, open-air bar at the bottom of the slopes, with loud, live music, which also attracts the party-centric young lot; Bunny's Pub, another hopping, fun place in town, generally filled with an English-speaking crowd; and Chez Paul Bar and Café, a little away from the town center, but upscale and less unruly.
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