Return of the cattle

Every year in Tyrol some 180,000 horses, sheep, steers and goats spend their summer on more than 2,600 lush alpine pastures.

Not only humans go on summer holidays, but also animals need a break from time to time… for this reason every year some 180,000 sheep, steers, horses and goats spend their “summer vacation” on the alpine pastures of Tyrol. Lorries take the cattle to their summer quarters. If the cattle would stay down in the valley during summer, alpine pastures would become overgrown and farmers also had to buy additional food. Every day, a cow grazes some 100 square metres, what is also beneficial for the pastures.

Towards the end of summer, of course also the cattle would like to return into their stables. A change of surroundings is refreshing, but sooner or later also animals love to return home, don’t they? And exactly the day when the cattle returns from alpine pastures, is celebrated in Tyrol.

On this occasion cows are lushly decorated with flowers and garlands as well as bells. It’s like a fashion show for our four-legged friends and of course every cow would like to be the most beautiful. In the meantime in the valley the farmers prepare traditional delicacies. Of course there is also music and entertainment and everyone celebrates and waits for the cattle returning from the alpine pastures. Often this is also the day when the sheep are clipped.

Cattle drive at Höfen

on 09/01/2018

Traditional sheep and horse drive

on 09/08/2018

Cattle drive in Haimingerberg

on 09/08/2018

Culinary Festival and cattle drive

on 09/08/2018

Jerzens cattle drive & village fair

from 09/08/2018 to 09/09/2018, 2 occurrences

Big festival with cattle drive

from 09/08/2018 to 09/09/2018, 2 occurrences

Sheep drive at Volderau

on 09/08/2018

Traditional Lermoos cattle drive

on 09/08/2018

Cattle drive in Musau

on 09/08/2018

Holzgau cattle drive

on 09/08/2018

Festival with cattle drive

on 09/09/2018

Cattle drive in Zwieselstein

on 09/09/2018

Transhumance in Pfunds

on 09/15/2018

St. Anton cattle drive

on 09/15/2018

Gschnitz cattle drive

on 09/15/2018

Traditional cattle drive at Bach

on 09/15/2018

Cattle drive in Steeg

on 09/15/2018

Alpine cattle drive in Haldensee

on 09/15/2018

Traditional cattle drive at Fulpmes

on 09/15/2018

Sheep drive at Neustift

on 09/15/2018

Cattle drive and festival in Telfes

on 09/15/2018

Transhumance in Ried

on 09/15/2018

Transhumance in Nauders

on 09/16/2018

Alpine cattle drive in Nesselwängle

on 09/16/2018

Cattle drive in Tannheim

on 09/21/2018

Cattle drive Gasthof Schwarzenstein

on 09/21/2018

Cattle drive from the Gramai pasture

on 09/21/2018

Wildschönau cattle drive

on 09/22/2018

Almabtrieb with festival

from 09/22/2018 to 09/29/2018, 2 occurrences

Cattle drive in Söll

on 09/22/2018

Cattle drive with Hoamfahrerfest

on 09/22/2018

Brixner Almfest - cattle drive

on 09/22/2018

Cattle drive - Oberhubenhof farm

on 09/22/2018

Kaiserwinkl Almhoamfahr'n

on 09/22/2018

Kufstein cattle drive

on 09/22/2018

Cattle drive at the Kiendlerhof farm

on 09/22/2018

Cattle drive and farmers' market

from 09/22/2018 to 09/29/2018, 2 occurrences

Traditional Fügen cattle drive

on 09/22/2018

"Hoamfahrerfestl" festival in Oberau

on 09/22/2018

"Hoamfohrerfest" - Erlachhof farm

on 09/22/2018

"Hoamfahrerfestl" - Aussermooserhof

on 09/22/2018

Festival with cattle drive in Gerlos

on 09/29/2018

Kelchsau cattle drive

on 09/29/2018

Zell am Ziller cattle drive

on 09/29/2018

Hopfgarten cattle drive and festival

on 09/29/2018

Cattle drive at the Jogglerhof farm

on 09/29/2018

Cattle drive with festival in Stumm

on 09/29/2018

Cattle drive - Zillergrugger farm

on 09/29/2018

Cattle drive in Achenkirch

on 10/03/2018

Hooo-Ruck festival - cattle drive

from 10/05/2018 to 10/07/2018, 3 occurrences

Mayrhofen cattle drive

on 10/06/2018

Hart Cattle Drive

on 10/06/2018

Music afternoon at the dairy

on 10/06/2018

Cattle drive at the Hub'n Bauer farm

on 10/13/2018

Return of the Haflinger horses

on 10/13/2018

Family Hotels: Holiday package vitrine

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    Holiday-Present Ballunspitze

    Galtür
    from 08/19/18 to 10/21/18
    4 nights from 363 € per person

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  3. Hotel Goldried
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  5. Hotel Buchau
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