Gentle Alpine meadows, rugged rocks, wonderful hikes, challenging climbing – the Gesäuse region that surrounds Johnsbach is synonymous with a varied holiday in the mountains. The Mountaineering College, as the Gesäuse has been known for almost one hundred years, has a reputation among the climbing fraternity that extends far beyond the borders of Austria.

For those who don’t wish to take a vertical route, the Gesäuse National Park can offer a wide-ranging programme. Rafting and mountain biking, as well as snowshoe hiking and ski touring, are also among the leisure activities on offer. Visitors to the Odelsteinhöhle cave do not need to tread their way along wooden planks to get to illuminated chambers. Instead to explore the Johnsbach underworld they must dress up in the full caving outfit.

General information

Height above sea level of Johnsbach: 769m
Highest point: 2,369m (Hochtor)
Resident population: 156


  • Johnsbach

Mountain ranges

  • Ennstaler Alpen (Gesäuseberge)
  • Eisenerzer Alpen

Main peaks

  • Hochtor (2,369m)
  • Großer Ödstein (2,335m)
  • Admonter Reichenstein (2,251m)
  • Planspitze (2,117m)