Like Kitzbühel’s entire medieval town center, the 16th century Berggericht, the historical mining court, alongside the 17th century Lacknerhaus captivate with a dramatic figurativeness, and define the local architecture, characteristic for its sturdy profane buildings. Together with the 14th century High Gothic Saint Catherine’s Church, the three buildings form the impressive core of Kitzbühel’s old town as a conjoined ensemble. Being Kitzbühel’s highest profane building, constructed to provoke veneration and symbolize its power and its profound institutional importance, the detached Berggericht, in specific, has been shaping the historic townscape ever since. As it has served as mining court, for three centuries, this official building was always a highly influential force determining the town’s economical, cultural, social and political climate. Responsible for the entire Kitzbühel region’s silver extraction—which contributed significantly to the wealth of the town during the Middle Ages, it speaks for the extraordinary relevance of the Berggericht.
Ever since the EUROPEAN HERITAGE PROJECT began to acquire these two heritageprotected buildings in 2012, the old Berggericht, that stood vacant for over a decade leading to a massive decay in building stock, has changed its dilapidated and depressingly grey livery.