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.

St. Trudpert

The spring by the imposing abbey

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 Benedictine abbey of St Trudpert. The spiritual heart of this sacred place, however, lies hidden behind the Church: it is the source of the spring, in the ornate pump room, and the chapel built over it, that share St. Trudpert’s burial site. According to legend the saint, who was probably an Irish-Scottish missionary, settled here around 604AD. His life as a hermit was, however, soon ended by a blow from an axe. By the year 800 the first Benedictine monastery east of the Rhine had been established on his grave. A silver mine provided the basis of the economic importance of settlement. On the first Sunday following the 26th of April, the anniversary of the saints death, the Trudpert feast takes place. In a festive procession, full of local colour, the saints statue, dating from 1714, is carried alongside the famous 12th century Niello Cross around the Chapel, the monastery and the church.