St. Johann in the Leukental Valley is and has always been a bustling, wealthy trade hub which for many centuries benefited from the local mining industry. Today this market town is the region’s beating heart.
The 30m high tower of the Huber Bräu brewery in St. Johann in Tirol is somewhat of a landmark and very useful for visitors with a poor sense of direction. Here, high up above the town centre, you can taste the many different beers produced by this 300 year-old family-run business and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere for which this region in the east of Tirol is famous. The tower is also a spectacular vantage point to admire the surrounding landscape and gently rolling hills of the Leukental Valley between the Kaisergebirge Mountains and the mighty Kitzbüheler Horn.
The residents of St. Johann, known in the local dialect as “Sainihåns”, are proud of their small market town. Visitors who wish to blend in on a linguistic level should therefore take the following tip to heart: when pronouncing the name St. Johann, the emphasis should be placed on the second syllable. “St. Johánn” is and has always been a bustling, wealthy trade hub which for many centuries benefited from the local mining industry. The Celts were the first to mine copper in the area way back in the 4th century BC. In the early modern age, well into the 18th century, the town was famous for its rich silver mines, which funded the building of the many magnificent old-town houses and the local church with its two spires.