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.

Breisach

The Minster high up over the Rhine

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 4000 years, its choir faces out towards the rising sun. The crypt, lying under the choir and open to the world through seven arches, possesses a special magnetism. The low room, its vaulted roof resting on a central pillar, emits an atmosphere of peace and safety. The pillar is decorated with an impressive Christ figure, from a crucifix that used to stand outside the west gate and was destroyed in the Second World War. In 1978 the crypt was dedicated as a memorial, a reminder of the almost total destruction of the town in 1945. Inside the minster there are many treasures to admire. Of particular note are the frescos, especially Martin Schongauer’s “Weltgericht”. The artist, from Colmar, worked here whilst spending the last years of his life in Breisach. The altar, produced by master craftsman “H L” (Hans Loi), is one of the most important masterpieces of German carving.