© Photo: Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH./Robert Maybach: Enjoy the view in Upper Austria
Enjoy the view in Upper Austria

Jankaskirche Steinformation

Windhaag bei Freistadt, Oberösterreich, Österreich
  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups

Viewing rock with via ferrata on the Waschenberg. Stone rock located on the southern slope of the Waschenberg in the municipality of Windhaag near Freistadt. There are three hollows (sacrificial bowls) at the top of the rock.

The devil is said to have once made the rock on the Waschenberg his home. In order to attract human souls, he furnished the rock like a church. He also installed a sacristy next to the rock in a cave.

Every Sunday when the bells rang in Windhaag, the devil also began to preach in the Janka church. He promised anyone who came near and gave him their soul that he would reward them with three full bowls of money.

When, after a long time, there was still no one to promise the devil his soul, he became so angry that he slid down the rock on his backside, roaring and shouting, and disappeared never to be seen again. As it slid down, the whole rock shook and from then on became full of cracks and fissures. The roof of the sacristy also collapsed, leaving only a small cave.

The huge rock is very easy to find and can be climbed easily thanks to climbing aids.

There is another power place nearby, the Lippenhöhe (N48 35.770 E14 34.882)

  • always open (24/7)
  • opened daily
  • open to the public

  • Parking space: 5
Travelling by public transport
Route planner for independent travellers
  • Free entry
  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for teenagers
  • Suitable for seniors
  • Suitable for single travelers
  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples
  • Suitable for children
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn

Please get in touch for more information.


Jankaskirche Steinformation
Am Waschenberg
4263 Windhaag bei Freistadt

Phone +43 7943 6111
E-Mail tourismus@windhaag-freistadt.ooe.gv.at
Web www.windhaag-freistadt.ooe.gv.at/Ja…

Contact person

Mühlviertler Alm Freistadt
Lebensquellplatz 1
4283 Bad Zell

Phone +43 50 7263
E-Mail anfrage@muehlviertel.at
Web www.muehlviertel-almfreistadt.at/

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