St. Agatha Chapel on the Kristberg
More than 600 years of Vorarlberg history
Visit the Montafon's oldest church, whose history is very tightly knit with the interesting miner's period on the Kristberg.
During an exclusive tour with the flute player from the Kristberghof, Adolf Zudrell, you will learn all sorts of interesting facts about the more than 1,000-year long mining history, the 600-year old church and the former digging for ore and stone.
Experience a piece of cultural history during your holiday on the Kristberg and visit the historically valuable St. Agatha miner's chapel.
The legendary Kristberg church
Built around 1400, the Agatha church was first mentioned in a document in 1450. Legend has it that the church was built due to the vows of buried miners when they prayed to be rescued. The church was then constructed after the mine disaster, exactly where the former mine's exit had been. So the deep roots of the St. Agatha chapel in the history of the miners on the Kristberg are fairly obvious.
Agatha of Catania
The miner's chapel was dedicated to the patroness of forge and bell-founders, Agatha of Catania, referring to the copper and silver mining on the Kristberg.
The Agatha church was first extended and refurbished already around the year 1500. The altar and the presbytery date back to this time. The plain rectangular building with trigonal east-facing choir and west-facing narthex is also architecturally interesting. The spiry sacristy extension with gabled roof and belfry on the south of the choir as well as the ogival tracery windows with their flamboyant perpendicular style delight architecture enthusiasts from all over the world.
Tours through the St. Agatha chapel
Get information about the miners tours with the famous “flute player from the Kristberghof” Adolf Zudrell. The tours take place in all weathers and are available for groups of up to 100 people.
If you take a walk in the area around the small church you will also find the Bruderhüsli (brothers' house) and the retreat of Joss Erhart in the forest on the Kristberg.
Combine Vorarlberg's cultural history with Vorarlberg's finest culinary delights, for instance with a mountain breakfast at the Kristberg Panoramagasthof. Make a reservation for your comfortable room at our hotel on the Kristberg with a no obligation holiday enquiry today.