April 15th - October 31st 2023

Johannesweg – St. Johns pilgrimage route

Hiking in the granite heights of the Mühlviertel


84 km

4 hiking days

hiking paradise Mühlviertler Alm

12 stations with impulses

Recharge your batteries and feel nature


  • 5 x Overnight stays in a comfort room with a high-quality vital breakfast in the 3* Hotel Fürst in Unterweißenbach
  • 1 x Welcome aperitif with sparkling prosecco or refreshing orange juice
  • 1 x Digestive schnaps after dinner
  • 1 x free use of the wellness area
  • 1 x Jeton for the whirlpool
  • 1 x Johannesweg map
  • Daily transfer from the hotel to the respective entry points, as well as pick up from the stage destinations
  • 1 x Johannesweg pin
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily service hotline from 08.00am - 06.00pm (including weekends)

Routing of the pilgrimage route:

1st day: Individual arrival in Unterweißenbach in the hiking paradise Mühlviertel

Overnight stay in 3* hotel Fürst in Unterweißenbach.


2nd day: Start in Unterweißenbach directly at hotel – hike to Mötlas

approx. 18 km, 6-7 hrs., altitude difference á 560 m / â 470 m

Once the market of Unterweißenbach has been crossed, the path goes steeply uphill to the Wegererstein. The trail continues past the alpine hut of the Hirschalm Jagdmärchenpark to the Einsiedlerklause. The whole hill has special energies. It is not without reason that the Ladder of Heaven is located very close to the Einsiedlerklause, where heaven and earth meet. Through the forest you continue to a natural platform where the Harlingsedter summit cross stands. From here you can enjoy a wonderful view over the landscape of the Mühlviertel before heading downhill to Königswiesen. The Königswiesen parish church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is particularly worth seeing. You continue to the village of Mötlas where today's hiking day ends and you will be picked up.


3rd day: Transfer to Mötlas – hike to Schönau

approx. 20 km, ~ 5-6 hrs., difference in altitude  á 390 / â 470 m

Start in Mötlas, hike around the Bischofberg and uphill to the ruin of Ruttenstein. It is still one of the most impressive ruins in the country and has been proven to be the largest fortification in Austria. The wonderful view from the tower and a good glass of must in the nearby refuge should be enjoyed extensively before continuing to Pierbach. Gently uphill and downhill you hike over meadows and along forest paths towards Schönau.


4th day: Transfer to Schönau – hike to Langfirling

approx. 23 km, ~ 7-8 hrs., altitude difference  á 750 / â 550 m

After the village of Schönau, the route continues upwards to the Herrgottsitz. On this rock formation, on which there is a seat-shaped hollow, the Lord is said to have rested contentedly after he had created the world. The tour continues to the Prandegg castle ruins, the second largest castle ruins in Upper Austria, where you can enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of the Alps from the tower. The next section leads you to the Herzogreitherfelsen, which can be seen from far away. Now the Johannesweg continues to St. Leonhard near Freistadt and to the Bründlkapelle. Uphill it goes now over the Haiderberg to Langfirling.


5th day: Transfer to Langfirling - hike back to Unterweißenbach

approx. 23 km, ~ 6 hrs., altitude difference á 460 / â 680 m

Start in Langfirling to Waldfeld, where soon the Galgenbühel is reached. Here you are already in the municipal area of Weitersfelden. Downhill, through the forest and along the main road, the trail continues to the Zwischenstromwiese. Here the Black and White Aist flow together and thus form the Waldaist. Afterwards the Johannesweg runs over meadows and forest paths, past the nature cinema and the village of Nadelbach. You will also pass the farms of the Silberberg distillers. Here you can arm yourself with good drops of homemade or dressed for the ascent to the Kammerer Kreuz. From here, the view from the Ötscher to the Alpine peaks is magnificent. Before you reach the Kaltenberg village square, the hiking trail leads past the chapel of origin and the Augenbründl. Via the Way of the Cross with its 14 stone pile chapels, the trail continues downhill to Unterweißenbach, the main village of the Mühlviertler Alm region.


6th day: Individual departure or additional nights.

Rates per person and arrangement in €:


15.04. – 31.10.2023

***Hotel Fürst per person in a double room with breakfast


Per person in a triple room with breakfast


Per person in a single room with breakfast


Per person in a double room for single use with breakfast


Supplement for half board 4-course menu


Additional night

on request

Arrival day


Local tax is extra to pay on spot in each: approx.. € 2,20 per person per night from 15 years


Reduction for children sleeping in their parents’ room (2 fully paying guests, max. 2 children):

0 – 1,9 years: 100%           2 – 4,9 years: 50%               5 – 9,9 years: 20%        10 – 14 years: 10%



Directly on the market square, typical Mühlviertler hospitality, regional cuisine, 30 spacious comfort rooms and a cosy wellness area with relaxation room await you at the Hotel Fürst. Look forward to the warm steam in the heated steam bath, whirlpools and fog showers, the Finnish solid wood sauna with pleasant infusions. Room amenities: desk area, free W-Lan, cable colour TV with remote control, wardrobe and suitcase rack, shower / bathtub, WC, hairdryer, mirror, partly barrier-free and with balcony.

Dogs are allowed in the accommodations on request for € 8,-- per night and dog

Austrian law requires that dogs must wear a leash or a muzzle! Free parking 100 m away from the hotel.


The standard terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH apply in the current version.

Due to environmental reasons we recommend to arrive and depart by public transportation (train/bus).

We recommend travel cancellation insurance.


We recommend a travel insurance.
Hotel Cancellation Plus: https://www.europaeische.at/pip/en/hospl
Hotel Cancellation Premium: https://www.europaeische.at/pip/en/hospr

The standard terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH apply in the current version.

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