[Translate to EN:] Sonnenwende

18.06.2019 | Living in Kitzbühel

Greet the summer on the solstice

 

 

The 21st of June

A medieval custom that has a very long tradition here in Tyrol. The mountain fires that are lit on the solstice announce the summer. On the summer solstice it stays light longer than on any other day of the year. A very special experience when the mountains shine on this night.

The longest day of the year

Many clubs and groups set out every year at the same time to light their bonfires on this special evening to welcome summer and the longest day of the year. 

Shortly after nightfall, the large Solstice fires shine from the mountains. A very special backdrop can be seen, for example, at the Wilder Kaiser, at the Kitzbüheler Horn or also on the Kitzbüheler Südberge. Here, in good weather, you can see the mountain fires from afar. 

In many places in Tyrol, the Sacred Heart fire is also lit. This goes back to the Sacred Heart oath in 1796, with which the Tyrolean unity in the fight against the French and Bavarians should be established. As a sign of the oath, mountain fires were lit at that time. 

Customs and rituals of the summer solstice

The solstice fire is supposed to drive away the evil spirits. At the same time, the fire is prayed for good weather and a rich harvest. 

In some places also the jump over the fire belongs to it, this ritual drives away misfortune and illness. Jumping a couple, hand in hand over the fire, there will soon be a wedding. 

Wishes come true if you write them on a piece of paper and throw it into the solstice fire. Ever tried it? 

Another farmer's rule for the solstice "If the Milky Way can be seen clearly, the weather will remain fine".

The Hahnenkamm lift is open on this summer evening, 19.06.2021 until 24 clock. In case of bad weather until 11 pm. Comfortably with the gondola up to the Hahnenkamm and welcome the summer.  

The most beautiful mountain fires in Tyrol have been summarized here by the Tirol Tourist Board.  

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The Kitzbühel Tourism team is at your disposal at any time!

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The Kitzbühel Tourism team is at your disposal at any time!

TELEPHONE
0043 5356 66660


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info@kitzbuehel.com


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Hinterstadt 18 | 6370 Kitzbühel 


Press contact

Anna Lena Obermoser
0043 5356 66660 16
​​​​​​​a.obermoser@kitzbuehel.com