Summer Solstice at Innsbruck’s Nordkette
The mountains to north and south of Innsbruck, including the Hafelekar (2334m) and Patscherkofel (2250m), seem, by all accounts, to be ablaze. Blazes of all shapes and sizes illuminate the sky conveying the entire group on to the avenues to celebrate. Perspectives are amazing from beneath or over: the Nordkettenbahnen link auto, will keep running up to midnight from the heart of Innsbruck, with music and culinary treats at each stop.
Summer Solstice in the Steinernes Meer, Saalfelden
A standout amongst the most terrific blaze conventions is that of the beautiful mountain towns of SalzburgerLand’s Pinzgau locale around Saalfelden, Leogang and Maria Alm. Fuelled by logs, wood chips and a great many flame stubs gathered throughout the year, the pièce de resistance is on the tops of the Steinernes Meer chain in the Berchtesgaden Alps, which straddles the Austro-German fringe. 800 flames fit as a fiddle of an Edelweiss more than 100m x 180m in the snow, are lit to exciting impact. Get the best perspectives from Leogang’s Asitzbahn link auto, which goes through the night, and join the Sonnwendfeuerfest campfire party on the shores of Lake Ritzensee.
Summer Solstice in the Kitzbühel Alps
As per the antiquated conventions of Kitzbühel’s neighboring towns – Oberndorf, Kirchdorf, Erpfendorf and St Johann in Tirol – blazes over the Wilder Kaiser, Kalkstein, Kitzbüheler Horn and Leogang Mountains are accepted to sustain the early summer sun and avoid detestable spirits. Take the link auto up to Harschbichl after dull for a stunning perspective from the summit at 1700m.
Summer Solstice in the Grossarl Valley
At the heart of the rural knolls and high fields of the Grossarl valley, not exactly a hour from Salzburg, the Sonnwendfeier Bonfire Party on the Laireiteralm, at the highest point of the Panoramabahn, is not to be missed. This festival of light, fire, music, nourishment and beverage is the center point of the range’s mid year solstice festivities; for a really staggering perspective over the valley, proceed by walking (45 minutes) to the summit of the Kreuzkogel (2027m).
Summer Solstice in Zugspitz Arena
The midsummer campfires above Ehrwald, Lermoos and Biberwier are so great and renowned that in 2010 they were proclaimed some portion of Austria’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. This year 8000 flames will be lit at 10 pm, making an immense 360° scene of blaze workmanship: flaring typical figures incorporate representations of Christ, crosses and deer.