The wide basin of Ehrwald is a majestic spot to see the surrounding mountains set ablaze for summer solstice. The fires can be seen from afar, when their entire shape is visible on the mountainside.
By 9:30pm, the mountainsides of Wetterstein Massif, Mieming Range and the Lechtal Alps start to glow, when around 300 volunteers high above the valley floor light roughly 10,000 blazing torches and fires forming eye-catching motifs from mythology and religion. The fires are burning at elevations up to 2,000 meters above sea level and and can best be seen from the villages of Ehrwald, Lermoos and Biberwier.
The summer solstice fires at Tirol Zugspitz Arena were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. The solstice bonfires that light up the night sky every June have their roots in the Middle Ages. As early as in the 14th century, the tribes of that time believed that fire would drive away demons and evil spirits.