Alpine cattle processions

Alpine cattle processions
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Alpine cattle processions in the Region of Bern

The spectacular cattle ascents and descents are part of the traditional Alpine festivals. Colourfully decorated, the animals walk on sometimes narrow and steep rock paths.

Gstaad Züglete

Gstaad Züglete
Gstaad Züglete – Destination Gstaad / © Destination Gstaad - Melanie Uhkoetter
The traditional Züglete procession of local farmers and their cattle through Gstaad is always an experience. In between, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the concert of the Menuhin Festival at the Kapälli Gstaad and stroll among the many market stalls.


Alpine cattle ascent and descent Engstligenalp

Alpine cattle ascent and descent Engstligenalp
Alpine ascent of the cattle, Engstligenalp, Adelboden
The impressive Alpine ascent takes place at the end of June, when the cows walk on narrow rock paths up to the Engstligenalp. The Alpabzug procession of cattle back down to the valley is scheduled for early September. On the day of the procession itself, the gondola operates every twenty minutes from 6.10 a.m. onwards.


Alpine cattle descent St. Stephan

St. Stephan
Alpine cattle descent St. Stephan
Alpine descent of the cattle St. Stephan, Lenk / © Patrick Aegerter
In September, more than 100 animals return to the valley. Musical entertainment, market stalls and refreshments are all provided. The annual festival is held on the airfield in St. Stephan.


Alp Gental cattle descent

Alp Gental cattle descent
Alp Gental – Jungfrau Region / © Claudia Glatthard
An Alpine cattle descent and village festival in one: the return of the cows from the Gental valley is celebrated in Innertkirchen with market stalls, musical entertainment and a children’s programme.


Alpine cattle descent Rämisgummen

Alpine cattle descent Rämisgummen
Alpine cattle descent Rämisgummen, Emmental – Destination Bern
40 to 50 animals are expected in the village of Eggiwil. After a short break they continue in the direction of Geissschwand. At the same time, the autumn market of Eggiwil takes place, offering a wide variety of regional products from Emmental.

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