More Cow Parades down the Mountains in Switzerland

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

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Alpabzug – Cows Descending the Mountain in Elm, Engelberg, Flumserberg, Brigels, Urnasch…

Fancy going to watch an Alpabzug or Alpine procession with all the cows coming down the mountains?

It’s around this time of year that the cows make their way down the mountains having spent the Summer months up on the Alpine pastures. The villagers get ready to greet them by dressing in traditional costumes and preparing a celebration in the village. You can hear the cows bells ringing from afar as the herd makes the descent adorned with beautiful flowers.

The Alpabzug in Engelberg takes place on 29th September at 10 – 12 at Viktoriagärtli with the market going on from 10 till 5pm. To see a video of what an Alpabzug can look like click here.

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.

These are just two examples but there are Alabzüge going on all over Switzerland this time of the year.

There are several going on this weekend (15 September) – one in Brigels  and one in Urnasch 

And only about an hour away from Zurich, there is the Alpabfahrt in Flumserberg on 15th September, beginning in Flumserberg AlpTannenboden around 10 am and arriving in Bergheim around 11am.

On Saturday 22. September 2012 there is another Alpabfahrt in Flumserberg from the Panüöl & Fursch Alps followed by a festival in Flums Dorf.

With many thanks to Patricia Wilders for sharing her photos from her visit to the Elm Alpabzug.

Video courtesy of Str4hler, Youtube.