After four months at lofty altitudes, cows, goats and sheep return once more from the mountains. Finely trimmed and covered with wreaths of flowers, they trot through the village with chiming bells. This is called the Alpabzug. The farmers lead the animals to their winter quarters and are celebrated afterwards during stunning festivals, so called Älplerfeste, which take place in numerous regions of Switzerland during this time of the year.
The return of the cattle takes place in late summer, between the end of August and the beginning of October. In the Schwarzsee region, this year’s Alpabzug and Älplerfest will be held on 26 September 2020 from 9:00 a.m. onwards. Over a thousand animals will flock to the village center of Plaffeien, accompanied by the enthusiastic applause of the spectators. Lots of music and delicious local products round off the celebration.
You might also like
March26to 27. Mar.from 00:00FoodLet it BeerMarkthalle Burgdorf
April24to 01. May.from 17:00Top EventJazz UnleashedBern
May21to 21. May.from 10:00Parks market: Swiss parks and UNESCO World Heritage sitesBundesplatz 3000 Bern
February20to 16. Jan.from 07:39Let’s Talk About Mountains: Encountering North KoreaBern, Alpines Museum der Schweiz