The Allgäu festival -“Viehscheid”
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The Allgäu Festival -“Viehscheid”

The “Viehscheid” - A Happy Home Coming

Every year, in the middle of September, Oberstaufen celebrates a very special traditional festival. The descent of the cattle from their mountain pastures at the end of the grazing season, where they are then returned to their owners. It is an event cherished by both humans and animals.

The Alpine Farmsteads Shape The Landscape And Produce The Aromatic Mountain Cheese

The Almbauer with its richly decorated cow during the cattle drive
The "Almbauer" with its richly decorated cow during the cattle drive
The young cattle and dairy cows have been grazing amongst the lush alpine fields for around 100 days. In Allgäu they use the word 'Alp' instead of 'Alm' for the high altitude lodgings of the herdsman and their cattle. The healthy meadows are responsible for giving the milk and cheese its unique taste. Pasture farming has a long tradition in Oberstaufen and has formed the countryside for over centuries. There are over 160 inter-related functioning alpine homesteads in this area, which makes it the largest of its kind within the Bavarian Alps.

Adorned With Flowers, Is A Sign Of A Good Mountain Summer

Every year the herdsmen return the cattle to their farmers, before the snow arrives. The “Viehscheid” is a major festival, found in most villages across the region. In the early morning, farmers with their families and friends, holidaymakers and visitors stand waiting for the arrival of the cattle. Before anyone can see them, they can be heard; the cow bells make an impressive sound as the cattle are led down the mountains. Eventually the cows, goats, horses and pigs arrive in the valley. Everyone is looking out for the leading cow from each herd. She is decorated with an ornate head-dress made out of local flowers. This is a sign of a good mountain summer, without any incidents or injuries. At the meeting point, the 'Scheidplatz', the cattle are separated and are handed over by the proud herdsmen, to their appropriate owners and farmers.

When The Cattle Have Returned The Festival Begins

The best herdsman and milk cow are chosen and presented with the annual cow bell. The local brass band play for everyone in the large beer tent and the atmosphere is something you won't forget. Here locals and visitors mix and celebrate the happy home coming. The “Viehscheid” in Oberstaufen is usually during the middle of September and is well known throughout the region and has even been compared to the famous Munich Beer Festival. If you prefer a cosier atmosphere, then you can visit the “Viehscheid” in Thalkirchdorf, a village belonging to the district of Oberstaufen, which commences a week later.

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Sarah George › Hello all, my partner and i will be traveling from Australia around this time and we would love to experience the Viehschied. do you have confirmed dates for the event in 2017. Thanks, Sarah
05/30/2016 ·
Romina Prestel
Romina Prestel › Hi Sarah! Nice to hear that you will come over from Australia to our Viehscheid next year. Unfortunately the dates aren´t confirmed yet. For usual we get this appointments in october. For further information you can contact us with pleasure.
05/30/2016
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Heather Greel › Hello, What is the day of the festival this year? Thank you!
08/15/2016 · Antworten
Christian Fischer
Christian Fischer › Hi Heather! Thanks for your request! Its on the 9th of September this year. Do You come over?
08/15/2016 · Antworten
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