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.

Rheinfelden

Schloss Beuggen

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. Its varied and legendary history starts in the 13th century. The semi-circular arrangement around the stately castle with the castle church in its centre is the oldest still preserved commandery of the Deutschritter Order, which resided here for more than 560 years. This order of knights was founded during the crusades in 1190 for the support and protection of the pilgrims in the Holy Land. Later, it played a leading role in colonising and Christianising the areas east of the rivers Elbe and Saale (Deutschorden State). In the course of secularisation, the Beuggen castle became the property of the Grand Duchy of Baden 1806. Here, at the river Rhine, it is speculated that Kaspar Hauser, the unwelcomed heir of Baden, was hidden for some time.

The palace complex has been used several times over the last two centuries and changed hands several times. From 1954 to 2016 it belonged to the Protestant Church and was used as a meeting place. Meanwhile, the plant is privately owned and has been converted into a hotel.