Cattle procession "Almabtrieb"
The cattle procession "Almabtrieb" is an annual event in the Alpine region of Austria. Come end of August / September cattle that usually spends the summer up in the Alps is being escorted down into the valley. The most beautiful part however are the colourful decorations of the cattle. This processions ends with festivities in town - great events that are not to be missed.
The headgear of the cattle is made out of evergreen and flowers found in the Alpine meadows, combined with colourful ribbons, glitter, and mirrors. The clanging of the cowbells are essential to keeping the bad demons away on their way down into the valley.
beginning of Sept: Hochwechsel, Mönichwald
mid Sept: Lipizzaner-Almabtrieb Köflach and Maria Lankowitz
mid Sept: Radmer cattle procession
mid Sept: Dachstein, Ramsau
end of Sept: Lachtal - Hochegg
beginning of Sept: Au Schoppernau, Bregenzerwald
beginning of Sept: Bartholomäberg, Montafon
mid Sept: St. Gallenkirch, Montafon
mid Sept: Gargellen, Montafon
mid Sept: Tschagguns
mid Sept: Silbertal
mid Sept: Dalaas, Biosphärenpark Großes Walsertal
mid Sept: Mellau, Bregenzerwald
mid Sept: Schwarzenberg, Bregenzerwald
mid Sept: Riezlern, Kleinwalsertal
end of Sept: "Schaufschod", Schoppernau
190.000 cows, horses, sheep, and goats are brought to 2,155 alps to spend the summer every year. The cattle procession "Hoamfahrt" is an old tradition and is celebrated every year. Here is a list of cattle processions in Tirol
end of August: Bruck-Großglockner, Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
beginning of Sept: Thumersbach, Zell am See
mid Sept: Lofer, Salzburger Saalachtal
mid Sept: Traditional Farmers Festival with cattle procession and dances in St. Martin bei Lofer, Salzburger Saalachtal
mid Sept: Raurisertal, Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
mid Sept: Wagrain
mid Sept: Maishofen, Pinzgau
mid Sept: Filzmoos
end of Sept St.Michael, Lungau
beginning of Oct: St.Wolfgang
the above list is only a sample of cattle processions and is not a complete list. Dates may change and vary by weather conditions. Some information is only available in German language.