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.

Schweighouse

St. Gangolph and the Cuckoo Market

St. Gangolph and the Cuckoo Market

The St. Gangolph chapel lies in an enchanting spot on the northern outskirts of Schweighouse, in the mouth of the valley leading to Col du Bannstein. The saint’s life is depicted on the walls of the chapel, in frescos that date from Martin Schongauer’s time. He is honoured as the protector of springs, and as a source of help with marital difficulties. According to legend he was an 8th century nobleman at the Merovingian court in Burgundy, under Pippin the Younger. On returning from a campaign he accused his wife being unfaithful to him with her priest. Her guilt was proven by ordeal – the water in the holy well inflicted burns on her arm. In response Gangolph left the town and withdrew into a religious life at Avalon. His wife’s lover, however, is said to have followed him there and killed him by the sword on the 11th of May 760. His grave later became the site of many miracles. By the end of the 9th century he was already venerated as a saint. His feast day is celebrated on the first or second Sunday in May with a church service and a small “Cuckoo Market” in Schweighouse.