Impressive solstice fires in Bad Goisern, Gosau, Hallstatt and Obertraun
Where does the solstice fire come from?
This custom of the solstice fire has existed since the 14th century. According to popular belief, the fire was supposed to ward off demons that cause disease, cattle damage or hail damage. In the middle of the 16th century, however, the Johannis fires, as they are also called, were banned for about a century. One reason for this was that several major fires were caused by these fires and the other was that they were dismissed as "unnecessary superstitions" by increasingly influential enlightenment philosophers.
How is the solstice celebrated today?
Nowadays the "Sunnawendln", as it is called by the locals, offers an opportunity for a nice get-together with friends and family. After the winter, wood waste is collected for weeks. This creates a great campfire, both in the valley and on the peaks, that welcome the summer.
Which solstice fire can I participate in?
In the Dachstein massif and its foothills there are some public fires, to which you as a local or guest of the holiday region are cordially invited. You will find the exact dates below as soon as they are published.
In Obertraun, at Dachstein Krippenstein, two large solstice fires will be organised by the Lodge at Krippensteinand the Gjaid Alm. You can stay overnight in both or return to the valley in the evening with the specially equipped gondola.
In Hallstatt you are cordially invited to take part in the solstice fire on the bathing island.