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Solstice bonfire - St. John's bonfire

Stand: 08.07.2024

Lighting fires requires compliance with a few important rules.

Year after year, traditional bonfires are lit on the solstice to drive away evil spirits.

Originally, Christians celebrated the birth of John the Baptist on this day, hence the name. Today, the focus is usually on tradition and socializing.

A few rules must be observed to ensure that everything runs smoothly:

Where is the event to be displayed?

Many midsummer bonfires have developed into public events with catering and must be registered with the regulatory authority of the city of Erlangen. The application is made in accordance with the requirements on the city's website www.erlangen.de/oeffentliche-vergnügung. Here you will also find further information and details as well as the contact details of the events office. To ensure timely processing, it is important that you submit your applications with sufficient lead time.

What may be burned?

Only dry, untreated wood may be used as fuel. Under no circumstances may

  • varnished, painted or glazed wood (such as old windows, furniture, etc.)
  • treated pallets
  • fences, chipboard or fiberboard or even
  • plastics or old tires

be used! Petrol, diesel or waste oil must also not be used for ignition. Properly constructed fires can also be lit with dry brushwood or straw.

No waste disposal with the help of bonfires!

Where may bonfires be lit and where not?

In principle, fires may only be lit on solid, non-flammable ground. In protected landscape areas, an exemption under nature conservation law must be applied for. It is prohibited in nature conservation areas, protected landscape features, biotope areas and water protection areas!

What about fire protection?

There must be no risk of fire in the surrounding area. It is therefore important to maintain a sufficient safety distance:

  • at least 25 m from buildings and individual trees
  • at least 100 m from forests.

The fire must never be left unattended from the moment it is lit until it is completely extinguished. Keep an eye on flying sparks to avoid uncontrolled fires. The fire must be extinguished in strong winds. Free access for emergency vehicles must be ensured.

Why is animal welfare important here?

The collected fuel is usually stored for a long period of time. These piles often serve as nesting places or refuges for animals. For this reason, the fuel may only be piled up on the day of the bonfire or moved immediately before burning. This prevents the fire from becoming a flame trap for mammals and birds.

The day after?

The remains of the fire and the party must be removed. Leftover fuel, ashes and other debris such as bottles, cans, cigarette butts, etc. must be collected and disposed of properly.

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Citizens' Office, Department of Public Safety and Order E-Mail: veranstaltungen@stadt.erlangen.de

Office for Environmental Protection and Energy Issues, Circular Economy and Waste Advice E-Mail: kreislaufwirtschaft@stadt.erlangen.deAt kreislaufwirtschaft@stadt.erlangen.de you can request the flyer in digital form (only available as PDF) .

Office for Environmental Protection and Energy Issues

Head of office: Reiner Lennemann


Schuhstraße 40
91052 Erlangen


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