Brixentaler Bergleuchten - a flaming spectacle
09. August 2014 in Brixen im Thale, Hopfgarten, Itter, Kirchberg und Westendorf
The height of summer is celebrated in this traditional manner with the 'Brixentaler Bergleuchten' in Tirol's Brixental. In the middle of August thousands of torches light up the night and the surrounding mountains. When dusk falls in Brixental onlookers are treated to a flaming spectacle. Over 40,000 torches on the slopes of the mountains in Brixental create impressive fire images, for instance a bull and cow, the emblem of Brixental's young farmers. 'Bergleuchten' enchants locals and visitors every year, when the clubs from Brixental affix their symbols, emblems and logos to the freshly mown, 'natural canvases'. At 9:30 p.m. these works of art are lit and the valley and mountains are transformed into a flickering starry sky.
In the valleys 'Brixentaler Bergleuchten' is accompanied by the Bergleuchtfesten:
|Bergleuchtfest in Brixen im Thale|
|Bergleuchtfest in Itter at the outdoor pool|
|Bergleuchtfest in Westendorf at the music bandstand|
Cable car special operating times
For those who prefer to observe the show from the mountains, the cable cars operate between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. - with half price on tariffs. A fantastic programme of live music, culinary specialities and entertainment for children rounds off this show of flames. Subject to change!
'Brixentaler Bergleuchten' is one of Tirol's many mountain fire celebrations and is firmly anchored in the culture of the Kitzbüheler Alpen. The tradition dates back to pre-Christian times, when the pagan mountain inhabitants lit fires to invoke the power of the sun.