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.
North West Switzerland

North West Switzerland – a land of secrets

If the Eurasian and African continental plates hadn’t shifted, then parts of the north west of Switzerland would be a divers paradise. But they moved and the earth rippled, taking the seabed with it. Today the sea’s no longer there, leaving in its place a fantastic vista, littered with places of power. The churches and monasteries, all sanctuaries of stillness, a landscape full of secrets, scores of Roman ruins, and the Belchen, part of the Belchen Triangle, are just a few of the numerous mythical places to be found in our region.
In no time at all you can reach the places of power hemmed in between the Rhine and the Jura. Surrounded by acres of unspoilt countryside, you find the city. Basle is a melting pot of local rural and global urban influences. Towering over the Rhine and reaching far out into the region is the magnificent Cathedral, standing where once Celts and Romans lived.
You are warmly invited to explore the secrets of our region and its mythical places. You’ll be surprised!

Sunrise in the minster crypt

Every year more and more people gather on the Pfalz, the terrace in front of the Basler Minster, on the morning of June 21st to witness the sunrise. On a ...

Unter dem Schutz von Apollo

Mehrere Tempelanlagen sind bei den Ausgrabungen in der Römerstadt Augusta Raurica zum Vorschein gekommen. Sie belegen die starke Präsenz der Götterwelt im antiken Alltag. Der Feldherr Munatius Plancus hatte von ...

St. Chrischona an ancient, sacred site

There are many legends that entwine the three churches on the hills around Basle: St. Chrischona, on the west slopes of the Dinkelberg, overlooking Bettingen and Grenzach-Wyhlen; St. Margarethen in ...

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 ...

The Judgement Day fresco

Sitting high above the village, the church, with its walled graveyard and Gothic presbytery, dominates the scene. This is an ancient sacred place. Already in Roman times, but especially through ...