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.

Belchenfluh

romantisch und wild

The Belchenfluh: romantic and wild

A marvellous hiking region stretches out between Eptingen, Waldenburg and Langenbruck. Romantic walks over rocky ridges lead the way up to the Belchenfluh. At 1098.9 metres the summit offers an impressive panorama. The “Belchen Triangle”, on the upper Rhine, consists of the Black Forest Belchen, the Swiss Belchen (Boelchen, Belchenfluh) and the Vosges Belchen (Ballon d’Alsace). They have been linked with one another since Celtic times when they were used for orientation and for time measurement. The heavenly bodies, especially the sun and the moon, are the hands and the countryside is the face of this geo-astronomical clock. The free standing summits made it possible to see the extremities of the planetary orbits and served as reference points in the celestial calendar. The “hands” nearly always carry the same name: Belchen or Ballon (Belenus = Celtic Sun God), as observation points for the sun, and Blauen as reference point for the position of the moon. If you stood, for example, on the Ballon d’Alsace at the equinox the sun would rise directly over the Badische Belchen. Similarly at the winter solstice, the 21st of December, the sun would rise directly over the Belchenfluh. Belchenfluh also offers a fantastic view of the Alps, the Black Forest and the Vosges.