For more than 200 years, Sacred Heart fires have been lit on the mountain slopes of Tannheimer Tal Valley. They serve as a reminder of Tirolean resistance to Napoleonic troops in the year 1796.
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (second Sunday after Corpus Christi) reminds of the year 1796 when Tirol got "engaged" with the Sacred Heart of Jesus to protect them against the invading French troops. As a sign of the oath, Sacred Heart fires were lit on mountain tops and slopes.
This popular holiday region attracts many visitors every year with its thousands of torches in the form of ornate religious symbols, crosses, doves and hearts. At dusk, their glow lights up the mountains for around two hours.