The shortest night of the year is greeted in Gastein Valley by an extraordinary celebration: It appears, indeed, as if the mountains surrounding Gastein are in flames. This fiery spectacle is a mystical sight. For a few hours, it wraps us in a world of magic and mystery. Shortly before nightfall, true to the solstice tradition, the bonfires are ignited, chains of lights extending from the mountaintops all the way down into the valley. An exhilaratingly fascinating night you'll never forget!
The mysticism that spreads through the Gastein Valley on this night is almost indescribable. But in order for this night to really be a magical experience, a lot of work and intensive preparations are required in advance by associations and private individuals in the Gastein Valley. For months, branches are gathered for the one evening, the anticipation increases from day to day. "Fia's Feia brenna", meaning "to burn for the fire", is what it is called in this country.
And when the longest day of the year then slowly turns into dusk, then lads and men go up to the mountains, hike along the most remote paths to light the fires on the peaks and ridges at nightfall.
You have particularly beautiful views of the spectacle from the very top. The mountain railroads therefore offer special rides on this night.
Bad Hofgastein also celebrates in the valley. On Friday, 23.6.2023 with the concert of the band "SO&SO" in the Alpenarena - in case of bad weather will be played in the Kursaal. Start is at 20.00 clock, admission is free.