If you’re lucky enough to fly in Austria, or to be able to plan a trip out there, St Johann Airport high in the Alps has to be one of the most stunning places you can get to by air.
It is located in the Tyrol region of Austria, close to the border with Germany and to the west of Salzburg.
The airfield has one decent length concrete runway, and two smaller, parallel grass runways to use. This is an airfield for light aircraft and it doesn’t see any commercial traffic, so it is not an intimidating place to fly.
It is home to the Fliegerclub St. Johann in Tirol (St Johann Flying Club) which operates gliders in particular. This region is perfect for soaring given the towering mountains and thermals all around.
It is these mountains – the Alps – that make it so stunning. Not to be messed with, naturally – they are high and close in the terrain significantly. But enjoyed at a safe distance and height they’ll surely form some of the most amazing views you’ll have seen from your cockpit window.
Foreign aviators are welcome at St Johann, and English is spoken (although the website is in German). It is not a customs airport, so you will have to clear somewhere else before flying in.
Here’s a live webcam from the airport’s website.