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"Almabtrieb" cattle procession

At the end of August and beginning of September the cattle are transported back down into the valley after a summer of grazing in the Alpine meadows. The cattle are elaborately and colourfully decorated, and their return home is accompanied by lively traditional festivities.

"Almabtrieb" highlights

  • Almabtrieb in Tirol © © Österreich Werbung / Niederstrasser Almabtrieb in Tirol © © Österreich Werbung / Niederstrasser
  • Almabtrieb und Highlight des Hintertuxer Oktoberfests © © Österreich Werbung / Fankhauser Almabtrieb und Highlight des Hintertuxer Oktoberfests © © Österreich Werbung / Fankhauser
  • Kuhglocken © © Österreich Werbung / Fankhauser Kuhglocken © © Österreich Werbung / Fankhauser
The headgear of the cattle is composed from evergreen and flowers found in the alpine meadows, interwoven with colourful ribbons, glitter and mirrors. The clanging of the cowbells is essential in order to ward off the evil demons on their way down into the valley. This is a must-see event.


Carinthia

Sept. 9, 2017: Bad Kleinkirchheim
Sept. 16, 2017: Mallnitz
 

Upper Austria

Sept. 16, 2017: Hütteneckalm/Bad Goisern
Sept. 16, 2017: Moosalm
Sept 23, 2017: Plankensteinalm
Sept 30.- Oct 01, 2017: Wolfgangsee
 

Styria


Sept 09, 2017: Lipizzaner-Almabtrieb Köflach and Maria Lankowitz
Date tbc: Radmer cattle procession
Sept 22.-23, 2017: Dachstein, Ramsau
Date tbc: Lachtal - Hochegg


Vorarlberg

Date tbc: Au, Bregenzerwald
Date tbc: Bartholomäberg, Montafon
Date tbc: St. Gallenkirch, Montafon
Date tbc: Gargellen, Montafon
Date tbc: Tschagguns
Date tbc: Silbertal
Sept 10, 2017: Dalaas, Biosphärenpark Großes Walsertal
Sept 10, 2017: Mellau, Bregenzerwald
Sept 10, 2017: Schwarzenberg, Bregenzerwald
Sept 19, 2017: Riezlern, Kleinwalsertal
Sept 24, 2017: "Schaufschod", Schoppernau


Tirol

Every year 190,000 cows, horses, sheep and goats are brought up to 2,155 Alpine meadows for the summer. The "Hoamfahrt" cattle procession is an age-old tradition and celebrated every year. Here is a list of 10 of the most spectacular cattle processions in Tirol.
 

Salzburgerland

Sept 02, 2017: Bruck-Großglockner, Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
Sept 03, 2017: Thumersbach, Zell am See
Date tbc: Lofer, Salzburger Saalachtal
Sept 09, 2017: Traditional Farmers Festival with cattle procession and dances in St. Martin bei Lofer, Salzburger Saalachtal
Date tbc: Radstatt
Sept 10, 2017: Raurisertal, Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
Sept 10, 2017: Weißbach bei Lofer, Saalachtal
Date tbc: Wagrain
Date tbc: Maishofen, Pinzgau
Sept 18, 2017: Filzmoos
Date tbc: St.Michael, Lungau
Sept 30.- Oct 01, 2017: St.Wolfgang

Please note: the above list is only a sample of cattle processions and is not a complete list. Dates may change. Some information is only available in the German language.

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