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.

Ettenheimmünster

St. Landelin and the healing spring

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 in his presence, and were henceforth unable to hunt. One of the huntsman murdered Landelin to free themselves of his magic. Out of the blood soaked ground sprang forth five springs whose water worked wonders. Shortly after his martyrdom people started venerating the holy man. Bishop Eddo of Strasbourg established a monastery at Ethenheim. The Abbey prospered through the baroque period before succumbing to the wave of secularisation in 1803. The buildings were finally destroyed in 1865. On the Sunday following St Landelins day, the 22nd of September, the holy service is followed by a mounted procession carrying an embossed bust of St Landelin, dating from 1506. The springs by the church are still central to the pilgrimage and many take their water home with them.