Alpine Cow Parade in Switzerland

Lenk-Simmental - AlpKultur - Jeweils im Herbst findet die Alpabfahrt St. Stephan von der Alp Duerrenwald mit blumengeschmueckten Kuehen statt AlpKultur - Every autumn, the ceremonial cattle drive of St. Stephan winds down Alp Duerrenwald with flower-bedecked cattle. AlpKultur - Tous les automnes, il y a la descente des Alpes de St. Stephan depuis les Alpes de Duerrenwald avec des vaches decorees de fleurs. Copyright by Lenk Simmental Tourismus By-line: swiss-image.ch/Andreas Mueller

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In Switzerland, you know the clock will soon strike autumn when processions of cows crowned with flowers and hung with huge clanging bells, descend from summer alpine pastures to their winter barns before the snow. Authentic customs and traditions are enthusiastically celebrated on this festive occasion, attracting a large audience.

Led by cowherds and children dressed in embroidered traditional jackets and dresses, the festivities include more than pretty cows, on parade you canhear alpenhorns and yodeling, and see traditional dancing, flag-throwing and men marching to the tune of the cowbells around their necks. Regional crafts and food are offered, including, of course, cheese! This can be experienced in various regions of Switzerland including Gstaad and Lucerne.

Right time to visit will be September to October.

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