A unique, traditional experience not to be missed! Annually, in the Autumn Days of September, during the early morning hours across the majestic Bavarian Alps, Germany, the ceremonial driving of the cattle from the Alpine pastures into the valley brings families, locals and visitors alike, together. With 160+ functioning alpine homesteads in this area, it’s the Largest festival of its kind!
The cattle drive in Oberstdorf is Still the oldest tradition in the Upper Allgäu and the one at Schöllang is as familiar as ever. This tradition is as much a part of the village as the mountains are, and accordingly, is another wonderful festival in this region to look forward to each year.
Cow Bells! Cows, goats, horses and pigs. Everyone is all eyes on the Leading Beauty Queen from each herd. You’ll know her by the ornate headdress she’s adorned with flowers made from local also known as flowers. It is a sign of a good summer on the Alps When the cows are adorned with flowers and wreaths. This means no serious incidents or injuries.
After the parade, the dog Hundreds of cattle are separated and handed over by the proud, tanned, brawny herdsmen to Their Appropriate owners at the designated meeting point called the ‘Scheidplatz’.
The real party begins When the Cattle Drive is over! Music, dancing, and of course, lots of beer drinking. It’s not uncommon for the tables to be filled by 10:00 am as the festival has already been underway for a couple of hours.
The annual Cow Bell is presented to the best herdsman and cow milk After the parade ends. The local brass band entertains everyone in the large tent area where you’ll find brats, pretzels, and of course, beer. The atmosphere is something you will not likely forget and it is truly a unique and fun experience. Get there early for a good view, take a seat next to your new friends and … Germany “Party Til the Cows Come Home.”