[Translate to EN:] Sonnenwende

21.06.2023 | Living in Kitzbühel

Greet the summer on the solstice



Solstice fire

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

On June 24, 2023 from 18:00 p.m. 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 gondola will be open for the Summer Solstice - June 24, 2023 - in the evening from 18:00 p.m. to midnight. The ticket office at the valley station of the Hahnenkammbahn is open continuously until 20:00 p.m.,  however tickets can be purchased at self-service vending machines at the Hahnenkamm Station 24/7.

Please note that the evening operation only incase of good weather.

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