Party Til the Cows Come Home | Viehscheid | Bavaria, Germany

Lisa Bond Photography

Viehscheid, the annual gathering of individual well-fed animals being driven down from the summer resort in the mountains into the valley. In the respective localities, the animals are gathered together on the so-called Scheidplatz; the shepherd “part” – that is separating the cattle out of the crowd and where every farmer gets his cattle back.

This unique, traditional experience is not to be missed!  Every year, 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 tradition dates back to the beginning of the early 1900s and continues today to ensure sustainability of the Bavarian grazing lands and the cows’ health and well-being.

The cattle drive in Oberstdorf is…

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