Alpaufzug

Alpaufzug

May or June
Also known as Alpine Cattle Drive, an old custom in Switzerland is this springtime "ascent to the mountains," when goats and cows are driven to higher pasture. In the cantons of Appenzell in eastern Switzerland and also in the Alpine canton of Valais, there are picturesque festivals, with herders and their families dressing in traditional costume (the Appenzell men wear red vests and yellow knicker-type pants) and everyone enjoying the cattle show and Cow Fights that establish the leader of the herd. In August and September, bringing the herds back down to the valleys, known as Alpabfahrten, also prompts festivals, and the cow that has been the greatest milk producer is feted and decked with flowers.
See also Almabtrieb
CONTACTS:
Appenzellerland Tourismus AI
Hauptgasse 4
Appenzell, 9050 Switzerland
41-71-788-9641; fax: 41-71-788-9650
www.appenzell.ch/en
SOURCES:
BkHolWrld-1986, Apr 17
FestWestEur-1958, p. 229