If you haven’t made it to the mountains to watch one of the “Aplabfahrt” or “Alpabzug” where the cows come down the mountains and parade through the streets after spending the Summer months on the higher pastures it’s still not too late.
“Colourful headgear – what all well dressed cows are wearing this time of year!” Which one is your favourite?
Last Saturday we visited the Alpabzug in Flumserberg and watched as the beautifully decorated cows with their flowers and ribbons paraded through the streets to the waiting crowds. There was a carnival atmosphere in the village as both locals and visitors alike congregated in the marquee to taste local delicacies with or without one of the highly alcoholic “Kafi Uberraschungs” that were on offer. As soon as the cows arrived the crowds rushed on to the streets to welcome the cows home with the accompanying herdsmen dressed in traditional costume.
Even the locals didn’t want to be outdone in the hat department:
There was also a Cheese Market featuring cheeses made from local milk.
This Saturday 29th September, the Alpabzug in Engelberg takes place at 10 – 12 at Viktoriagärtli with the market going on from 10 till 5pm.
The Alpabzug in Elm takes place on 7th October at 14.30pm in Elm. Again lots of traditional costumes, decorated cows and plenty of fun. More information can be found on Elm’s website.
Photos: © NewInZurich