2 weeks ago
Aaah, the Allgäu Alps in Bavaria, Germany!
I was there in September 2017 already, during my #PeaksOfEurope trip. Back then, the weather forced me to shorten my stay in the area. Here’s what I wrote in my book about this part of the German Alps: “This mountain range is full of hidden gems that only the locals know about. My next trip in the Alps will definitely focus on these mountains.” Fast forward 2 years later and here I am again. On my last day there I was invited to a very special event in the Allgaü Alps: the #Viehscheid (also called Almabtrieb in the rest of Bavaria).
On Wednesday 18/09 at 6am, I joined the Jörg family at their farm, while everyone was getting ready for the big day.
So what is the Viehscheid all about? In September the cows and bulls are brought down from the lush mountain pastures to the valley and their winter quarters. Cattle drive is an event with a long tradition, which is enjoyed by locals and visitors. On that special day that happens once a year, the family wear the traditional Bavarian uniform. The loud bells around the necks of the beasts are designed to protect them from hostile demons and bring them safely down into the valley.
The whole farm is joining the celebration! Even the goats and horses are being brought down into the valley.
The Kranzrind (Crown Cow) has a very special role to play in the event. The chosen animal leads the herd and wears an elaborate headdress.
The sound of bells announces the arrival of the herd, while spectators by the side of the path are in for a colourful treat.
A massive thanks to the Jörg family for letting me join their special day as their photographer. Truly an unforgettable moment! —-
Shot for @germanytourism and @bayern
Landscape images taken on the Nebelhorn.
Viehscheid images taken in Wertach.
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