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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.
South Baden
Mysterious Black Forest

Mysterious Black Forest

In ancient times, the Black Forest was known as Abnoba mons, after the Celtic deity Abnoba. A relief found at the Brigach spring near St. Georgen in the Black Forest is associated with Diana Abnoba. Because of this and similar finds, Abnoba was considered the protector of the forest, game and springs, and especially the patron saint of healing springs. In late Roman antiquity, the name Marciana Silva (“Marcynian Forest”; from Germanic marka, “border”) is also found. With the exception of the peripheral areas (e.g. thermal baths near Badenweiler and possibly mining near Sulzburg), the Black Forest was not settled by the Romans, who did, however, build the Kinzigtal road, but only by the Alemanni. They first settled in the valley areas, later colonising higher and higher areas and adjacent forests. In 868, in a document book of the monastery of St. Gallen, the name ‘Saltu Svarzwald’ was used for the first time for our region, from which ‘Silva Nigra’ and ‘Black Forest’ then developed.

Centuries ago, when our ancestors climbed the Belchen and saw the mighty chain of the Alps up there in the south, this place must have seemed like an enchanted place to them. And to this day, the Black Forest has lost none of its appeal. Many tourists are attracted to mythical places. This website presents spiritual places, mainly in the southern part of the holiday region. Here the mountains rise steeply from the edges of the Upper Rhine Valley. Sunny vineyards characterise the foothill zone, narrow valleys lead up to the heights. These southern peaks offer superb views. Those who venture further north will find another Black Forest, dominated by characteristic wide ranging woodland. We want to entice you to explore the Black Forest, to experience for yourself its power. You’ll be enthralled by the region´s charisma, by the character of its people and by the variety it has to offer.

The domed church - symbol of the cosmos

The first Benedictine monks settled in the Alb valley at the foot of the Feldberg, where St. Blasien is today. Here they found a place of silence over a thousand ...

The St. Martin's Church with the Weeping Madonna

She stands high up on the altar of St. Martin’s Church, festively dressed in a white robe – the crying Madonna from Endingen, created around 1450. With crown and scepter, ...

The ever helpful “Mother of the Black Forest”

An old legend tells of how Todtmoos was founded. The Mother of God is said to have appeared to the lay priest Dietrich von Rickenbach in 1255. She instructed him ...

The spring by the imposing abbey

At the foot of Baden’s Belchen lies the wonderful countryside of the quiet Münstertal. Entering the upper valley from Staufen you are greeted by the majestic sight of the former ...

The miraculous stone cross

A wonderful, open air, stations of the cross leads the way along the southern edge of the town to the Chapel of the Holy Cross on the Basler Strasse. Here ...

St. Landelin and the healing spring

A large pilgrims church now stands on the spot where the Irish hermit and missionary Landelin settled in the 7th century. According to the legend ferocious hunting dogs became docile ...

The relics of the three Blessed Virgins

On the Dinkelberg hill, the characteristic tower of the St. Gallus church in Rheinfelden-Eichsel can be seen from afar. On the third Sunday in July, the village becomes the centre ...

The Minster high up over the Rhine

Between the Black Forest and the Vosges, high up over the Rhine, the St. Stephansmunster reaches up over Breisach. Standing on a volcanic outcrop that has been settled for over ...

The Ottilien Chapel in Obertüllingen

In the shade of the trees on the terrace in front of the Ottilien-Kirche, you can let your gaze wander from the Black Forest, across the Jura to the Burgunder ...

The Belchen – King of the Black Forest Hills

People call it the “King of the Black Forest Hills”. The Belchen sits between Schönau and the Münstertal, crowned at 1414m with a Stone Cross that reaches into the heavens. ...

The silver feretory in the Fridolin Minster

Long before you reach Bad Säckingen you see the shimmering tower of the minster. The impressive 17th and 18th century renovated baroque church stands as a reminder of how powerful ...

Schloss Beuggen

The Beuggen castle is idyllically situated on the river Rhine east of Rheinfelden (Baden) and can be easily reached by train, road as well as via bicycle and hiking trails. ...