Alp transhumance

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From far away you can hear the bells of the approaching cattle with the herdsmen and women. Having spent four months up in the alps (alpine pastures), the cows are returning to the valley.

Transhumance is a striking example of an actively lived tradition. After spending three to four months of the summer in the freshness of the high-altitude alps, the herds of beautifully decorated animals return to the valley, accompanied by dairymen/women and herdsmen/women. Transhumance is a colourful example of lived tradition and an authentic custom.

Dates of transhumance

Transhumance usually take place in the second half of September. The dates are determined on the basis of the weather and feed stock.

Transhumance of Giswil date not known yet (depending on weather)

Transhumance of Kerns on Saturday 30 September 2023