the spring equinox
Ballon d'Alsace

At the spring equinox, if we observe it from the Ballon d’Alsace, the sun rises behind the Black Forest Belchen 70 km away

Anfang Mai / Beltene
Ballon d'Alsace
About 40 days after the spring equinox, beginning of the Celtic summer half-year, the sun rises in the east-northeast behind the summit of the Grand Ballon.
21.6 summer solstice
Ballon d'Alsace

At the summer solstice, the sun rises in the northeast above the Markstein, in the direction of the Petit Ballon

Anfang August / Lugnasad
Ballon d'Alsace
About 40 days after the summer solstice, the sun rises in the east-northeast, behind the summit of the Grand Ballon.
22.9. the autumn equinox
Ballon d'Alsace

At the autumnal equinox, if we observe it from the Ballon d’Alsace, the sun rises behind the summit of Schwarzwaldbelchen 70 km away.

Anfang November / Samhain
Ballon d'Alsace

About 40 days after the autumn equinox, beginning of the Celtic winter half-year. The three Celtic settlements Britzgyberg, Basel-Gasfabrik and Augusta Raurica are on the line of the sunrise.

21.12. Winter solstice
Ballon d'Alsace

The sun rises in the southeast behind the Tödi in the Glarus Alps, in between lies the Jura Belchen

Anfang Februar / Imbolc
Ballon d'Alsace
About 40 days after the winter solstice, middle of the Celtic winter half-year. The sun rises in east-southeast. The three Celtic settlements Britzgyberg, Basel-Gasfabrik and Augusta Raurica are on the line of the sunrise.

Basilique Notre-Dame

The “Madonna with Child” pilgrimage

The “Madonna with Child” pilgrimage

The cluniac Basilica of Our Lady-Of-Thierenbach was supposedly founded in 1125 after the miraculous cure of a young man from Soultz, who was suffering from an incurable disease. He had received the Virgin’s Mary blessing after having prayed for a cure in a part of the church which exists to this very day. Historians claim that the priory was founded in the 12th century. The church was then enlarged in the 15th century as the pilgrimages started. During the course of the centuries, the priory experienced an unfortunate series of events (many successive wars). The current Baroque church, consecrated in 1731, was built by architect Peter Thumb. Its sumptuous interior is impressive, especially the sculpture of the Pietà and the hundreds of painted votive pictures which range from the 17th century to today. Thierenbach is a traditional pilgrimage destination. Hundreds of thousands of them participate in the celebrations which take place every year. The Basilica of Our Lady-Of-Thierenbach is located six kilometres from Guebwiller on the Jacob Path, just a stone’s throw away from the Weinstraße, Höhenstrasse and the Roman Road.