Photographer's Note

The "Viehscheid" is the yearly highlight for the locals who dress up in their traditional costume and together with visitors witness how the cows arrive back in the valley to return home to their respective owners. The cow drive down is followed by a folk fair, oompah music, beer and local food.

Cattle drive dates back to the turn of the last century, and since then the animals have traditionally had flower garlands and large bells as a festive decoration. At about the middle of June every year as soon as the Alpine pastures are snow free, the young cattle have been driven up to the mountain meadows.

The tradition of driving cattle up to mountain pastures is carried out for several very good reasons. There are just not enough meadows down in the valley to provide for all the cattle especially as hay also has to be harvested for the long winter months to come. Spending the summer months higher up the mountains also makes the animals more hardy as well as the fact that the natural sweet grass and mountain herbs are tasty and are very healthy for them.

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