Sonnwendfeuer im Montafon | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Norbert Span

Mountain summits in Flames

Fires light up the Montafon mountains for the summer solstice



On 21 June – when the longest day and the shortest night meet – mountain fires are lit in many places.

In the Middle Ages, the people celebrated big festivities and hoped for happiness, blessing and healing while observing the fire. In former times, however, the summer solstice was not so significant. On the contrary, St. John’s fire was lit on the night of 24 June, St. John’s Day.

Sonnwendfeuer im Montafon | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Norbert Span


Banned or forgotten for decades, the custom has been very popular since the 1970s.

As in other Austrian regions, the summits are again ablaze for the solstice in the Montafon. Shortly before nightfall, the first solstice fires are lit and light up the mountain scenery. A lot of work goes into this unusual spectacle. All burning material, ranging from wood to torches, are laboriously brought up to the summits and ridges. Many privately organised initiatives and organisations ensure a breathtaking spectacle every year.

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Silvretta Montafon

Last snowfall
19.01.2020
Mountain
116 cm
Valley
15 cm

Golm

Last snowfall
19.01.2020
Mountain
80 cm
Valley
0 cm

Gargellen

Last snowfall
19.01.2020
Mountain
70 cm
Valley
70 cm

Kristberg

Last snowfall
19.01.2020
Mountain
40 cm
Valley
5 cm

Silvretta-Bielerhöhe

Last snowfall
19.01.2020
Mountain
75 cm
Valley
21 cm

Brandnertal

Last snowfall
19.01.2020
Mountain
85 cm
Valley
10 cm

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