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Miners Path

Route Description

This hike provides insight into the mining industry in the region and relays information about the life, and the conditions of the miners in the middle ages, as well as the cultural landscape and the mountains in the region. The length of the tour is about 2.5 hours and 7.9 km long with an altitude difference of about 100 meters. It is suitable for families with standard hiking gear.  »


Valleystation Kristberg Cable Railway

Kristberg in the spring

The village of Silbertal has a population of 900. Iron ore was mined in the 22 kilometre valley that goes by the same name. There are over 99 hiking trails on well marked paths which start out in the village. The Kristberg cable railway climbs 454 metres and serves as public transportation for the inhabitants and tourists in the village of Kristberg. See schedule for departure times.   »


Mountainstation Kristberg Cable Railway

Point of interest – mountain ranges in the Montafon. Geological, glacier and cultural landscape information. The starting point for many of the hikes. The Kristberg is one of the sunniest places in the Silbertal with a lot of viewpoints. This parcel of land lies at an altitude of 1,450 meters above sea level with its 150 inhabitants living here all year round.   »


Knappenweg Turn-off

Anton Neumann, the "last miner" in the Montafon Valley, underway in a tunnel.
Miner with a pick and axe.

Turn off to the forest path on your left. Take the Serpentinenweg (Serpentine path) through the forest towards Kristbergsattel.   »


Sink Holes

Small miner's hammer found in a mine in 1963 during construction of the street from Silbertal to Kristberg.

A sink hole is a caved in tunnel or the entrance to the mine shaft which is visible to the naked eye and indicates early mining.   »



Brother House

Kristbergsattel, an historical crossing point from the Montafon into the Klostertal. The Romanian word “crista” is found in many of the names for the meadows here and can be translated as meaning “mountain ridge”.   »


Forest School

The Forest School on the Kristberg

The forest school is a place where you can get to know the forest. The grounds and the little house were set up for guests and youth groups who want to learn more about the forest.  »


Kristberg Riader

Decorative grass with long white overhanging leaves.  Height about 60 cm.  Grows in small bushes.  Flowers, golden yellow.  August - October.  Autumn colour, straw yellow.

Extensive flat moors shape the landscape below the Kristbergsattel. The “Kristberg Riader” or Fen Meadows are only mown once a year and have all types of fauna and flora.   »


Viewpoint Ganzalaeta

Profil of the Northern Lime Alps

There are impressive views of the Klostertal around the Kristbergsattel which stretch from the Arlberg to Bludenz. An important East – West connection and the only connection between Vorarlberg and the rest of Austria that is open all year round.  »


Avalanche Construction

Forestation at the Schrina Forest construction

Viewpoint Ganzalaeta: Information about protection from rock falls, floods, mud slides and avalanches. Additional protection through the constructions in the Schrina Forest.   »


Maisaeße in the Montafon

The May fields in the Montafon are a special feature of the cultural landscape. They came into being with the centuries old three step farming. The name May field is related to the middle zone which is about 1,200 – 1,600 meters above sea level.   »


Miners Chapel St. Agatha

Anton Neumann, the "last miner" in the Montafon Valley, underway in a tunnel.
Miner with a pick and axe.

The church is the oldest standing church in the Montafon. It was built at the beginning of the 15th century and owes its construction to mining.  »


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