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Archaeological excavations and discoveries showed that the area on the St. Anton mountain crest above the Bartholomäberg Mountain all the way to the Kristberg Mountain was already populated around 1500 BC. Old buildings like the St. Agatha chapel, the miners' history on the Kristberg and thrilling archaeological discoveries from prehistoric times can be visited and experienced here.
The oldest archaeological discovery on the Kristberg dates back to the Middle Bronze Age around 1500-1400 BC.
Later discoveries are from the early ice age of the 6th and 5th century BC and showed that already in those times houses were built on the middle plateau. These were probably constructed in the same formation as later cities as well as with foundation beam constructions. The exterior walls were covered in clay, something that is indicated by the red, burnt chunks of clay that were found on the “Platta”. Archaeologist also found ceramics and metal objects from this period.
Archaeological discoveries prove the 1,000 year old mining traces on the Kristberg. Around 1300 the Wals people settled in Silbertal and turned changed the landscapes around the Kristberg with their rural, cultural activities. It was also the Wals population who soon focused on mining.
It is assumed that the first church on the Kristberg was already built in 1100 AD. Although documents for the first chapel can only be found in the rent records of the Bartholomäberg parish from 1230 AD onwards.
At the beginning of the 15th century AD the St. Agatha miner's chapel was built after some buried miners promised to build a small church to cherish the patroness St. Agatha should they ever get out of the mine alive. The miners were rescued and today's chapel is now where the mine's exit is assumed to have been.
Further “witnesses” of the 15th century are the Bruderhüsli and the Joss Erhard's retreat.
Discover the interesting cultural history during your holiday in the Montafon and visit the architectonical witnesses of the thrilling mining period on the Kristberg. The Klostertal Museum in Wald is also worth a visit for everyone who is interested in times past and former ways of life.
Make a reservation for your room at the Kristberg Panoramagasthof with a no obligation holiday enquiry. For further questions please contact our hotel team at the superior Panoramagasthof in the middle of the Austrian Alps, they will be pleased to help you.