St. Johann im Pongau



Sankt Johann is a city in the state of Salzburg and the capital of the Pongau region. The city has about 11,000 inhabitants.

Coat of arms
The city's coat of arms is: "In the red shield, the figure of St. John the Baptist standing on a green floor, half to the right, with a yellowish undergarment and a brown, loden-colored upper garment, in his right hand holding a book with an Easter lamb with a flag on it."

St. Johann im Pongau benefits from its alpine location primarily in the tourism sector. Not only in winter is the Alpendorf district an important tourist center with a large number of hotels and a cable car. A chair lift leads directly from the center of the village to the Hahnbaum. The Hahnbaum slopes are mainly used by locals and families. Annual events (traditional parades, festivals) are an integral part of the city's annual cycle. Many visitors flock to the big Krampus run in winter, for which St. Johann is famous in the area.

In summer there are numerous mountain tours and hikes, a swimming pool and a bathing area.



1 Parish Church of St. Johannes: first documentary mention of a church at this point in 924. Today's church is a reconstruction from 1855, after the great market fire: neo-Gothic with a tower, which however collapsed in 1871. The church was rebuilt in the same style, but with two towers. The neo-Gothic altars house several late Gothic figures. A major work of church architecture in the Alpine region. The church is popularly known as the Pongau Cathedral. This name is explained by the shape of the building, but not by its history, as the parish church was never a bishopric. From 2007 interior renovation with redesign of the church windows.
Anna Chapel. Located to the left of the “Dom”, it is the only Gothic sacral building in St. Johann that was spared from the great fire in 1855. The Anna Chapel is characterized by two special features: First, it is a two-story church. Since the original building from the 9th century was slowly covered by soil, a second floor (the church space used today) was added around 1340. Second, from 1980 onwards, the Anna chapel was renovated jointly by the Roman Catholic parish and the Protestant parish at a shared cost, and is used by both religious communities for church services. The lower church is now used as an exhibition space - from around May to September there are annually changing exhibitions.
2 Liechtenstein Gorge. Tel .: (0) 6412 8572. The Liechtenstein Gorge: The thundering waterfalls and the raging water masses of the "Großarler Ache" have cut deeper and deeper into the mountain over thousands of years, creating a gorge. In places the rocks are so close and high that the sky can only be seen as a small strip. In 1875 some people from Pongau succeeded in making the gorge accessible to the public through a donation from Prince Liechtenstein - hence the name Liechtenstein Gorge). Open from May to October.
3 Friedenskirche Hochgründeck Friedenskirche, private chapel of the Heinrich-Kiener-Haus on the Hochgründeck.

Ghost Mountain. - Excursion destination for families with children, reachable with the Alpendorf cable car
Hiking: numerous alpine pastures, Alpendorf gondola open in summer
numerous mountain bike trails
Running and Nordic walking in the St. Johann running park
Rafting, canyoning, paragliding

Ski association "Ski amadé" (together with Wagrain and Flachau, among others)
Cross-country skiing - 3 different cross-country trails
Tobogganing - an illuminated toboggan run
Numerous winter hiking trails, snowshoe hikes, ice skating, curling and much more.

Whether designer fashion, handcrafted lederhosen and traditional costumes, whether jewelry, cosmetics or books, regional specialties and handmade chocolate, whether flowers or the latest smartphones - the shopping options in St. Johann have a lot to offer. The many owner-managed family businesses convey the feeling of an individual shopping experience away from mass-produced goods and artificial "standardized worlds".

1 Sport Wielandner, Hauptstrasse 74. Tel .: +43 (0) 6412 8413, E-Mail:


Getting there
St. Johann im Pongau is located in the middle of the Salzburg region, approx. 60 km south of the city of Salzburg.

By plane
The nearest international airports are Salzburg Airport (approx. 60 km away) and Munich Airport (approx. 200 km away).

By street
Arrival by car: Via the A10 - Tauernautobahn) to the Pongau junction, then via Bischofshofen and the B311 - Pinzgauer Bundesstrasse approx. 10 km further to St. Johann.

By train
St. Johann im Pongau train station is an intercity train station.

By bicycle
Tauern bike path: leads from Krimml via St. Johann to Salzburg