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.

Ueberstrass

Our Lady du Grünenwald

Our Lady du Grünenwald

An old legend is entwined with the Madonna figure in the tiny chapel at Ueberstrass in the Largue valley. A small alley leads up to the church. During the week it is very peaceful. It is possible to relax quietly by the outside altar, in the shade of the lime trees. The Crowned Madonna and Child dates from the 15th century. It was found in the undergrowth by three peasant children. They handed the figure over to the Count of Friesen, a Knight Hospitaller, who erected a chapel to replace “the ruin of a pagan temple” that once stood there. The site was ransacked during the French revolution but the Madonna was removed just in time and placed in safe keeping in Buesserach in Switzerland, where it remained until the chapel had been restored. In the course of the First World War the chapel was destroyed. On Easter Monday, 1932, the statue was finally able to re-take its place high above the main altar in the newly constructed chapel. It remains a popular pilgrimage destination, especially in May and on the feast days. The vestry is decked with votive offerings from people who have been blessed by their visits.