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21.09.201912.10.2019

Festivals for bringing home the cattle in Kufsteinerland

The preparations take days. Flowers are bound. The alm animals are cleaned. And decorated. The procession starts in the early morning. The sounds of church bells accompany them. They move further and further down the valley, toward their winter quarters and a traditional festival. Tradition in Kufsteinerland. Traditional bringing home the cattle festivals.More information

Festivals for bringing home the cattle in Kufsteinerland

From the mountain into the valley

The sound of church bells. Colourful flowers. Artistic headdresses. Regional specialities. Relaxed farming festivals. Living traditions. Tradition in Kufsteinerland. When the days start to get shorter, the nights colder and autumn awakens in its full beauty, the cows, sheep and horses come back into the valley from their alms in the Tyrolean Mountains. They have been up on the alms since spring. Movement. The best grass and herbs. Now their safe return is celebrated. Bringing home the cattle. In the early morning hours the Alpine herdsman, dairyman and farmers are up, decorating their cows and starting the often many kilometre long walk down into the valley. The spectacular head decorations, highly polished bells and belts are the farmers' way of saying thank you for a safe summer on the alm. In Kufsteinerland this custom is followed according to old traditions. The celebrations in the valley are characterised by culinary delights. Farm products. Zillertal "Krapfen" (doughnuts). "Kiachl" (fried pastry). The cows bring the flair of the alm into the valley, to the fortress city with its surrounding nature and to the eight picturesque villages. A celebration for all the senses.

Bringing home the cattle Thiersee

Bringing home the cattle Thiersee

Bringing home the cattle Thiersee

Culinary delicacies from the farm. Traditional performances. Music. A festival to celebrate the safe return of alm cattle to the valley.

Bringing home the cattle Kufstein

Bringing home the cattle Kufstein

Hundreds of cows and their calves move through the streets of Kufstein, bringing alm flair into the centre of town.

Bringing home the Haflinger stallions Ebbs

Bringing home the Haflinger stallions Ebbs

That's what the wild young males are called. The blond beauties are part of Tyrol's living cultural heritage. Haflinger stallions. Every year they spend their summer in the mountains, and then in autumn come down off the alm and back to the world Haflinger centre at the Stud Farm Ebbs. A spectacular procession.

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