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.

Neuenburg

The miraculous stone cross

The miraculous stone cross

A wonderful, open air, stations of the cross leads the way along the southern edge of the town to the Chapel of the Holy Cross on the Basler Strasse. Here you’ll find a 13th century stone sculpture depicting the crucifixion. Tradition has that numerous people have been cured or released from hardship here. Many of the answered prayers are documented in the towns archives, especially those from the pilgrimages that take place on September 14th, the anniversary of the discovery of the cross. Today the pilgrims celebrate with a procession to the chapel on the first Sunday in May. The legend tells of how the stone cross miraculously arrived here, carried on the rising waters of the Rhine before coming to rest on a sandbank near Neuenburg. The cross was erected in Münster but somehow always found its way back to here. Eventually a chapel was built before the gates of the town in honour of the holy cross. Over the course of many years and wars, the chapel was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. The last inauguration took place in 1964.