Almatrieb (1)

September is festival season throughout the alpine regions of Austria, as villages celebrate the annual "Almabtrieb". This wonderful traditional festival literally means "driving down the mountain" and celebrates the end of the summer when the cows are led down the mountain to the valley and their stables for the winter.

The sound of cowbells echo through the valley as hundreds of cows pass through the villages, highly decorated in tradtional costume. Alongside the "Cow Train" procession are village fetes and celebrations throughout the mountains - quite a spectacle to see and take part in.

The Almabtrieb event happens at the end of the summer.

In many villages, there is also live music and dancing, handicraft stalls and plenty of schnapps and local food to go round. The day starts around 10am with the parade lasting until lunchtime. After lunch the party starts and festivities continue into the evening. It is a wonderful day out for all ages.

The size of the celebration and the date varies between villages.

Here is the timetable for celebrations in and around our resorts that you can experience on your holiday:

Pertisau - Cattle drive Gramai Alm

Date: 16.09.2016

The cattle are expected at the hotel Karwendel by 1:30 pm – there will also be music and entertainment along with a craft market.

Pertisau - Cattle drive Gernalm

Date: 17.09.2016

Folk festival with decoration of cattle from 10.30am in front of the Gernalm guest house. At approximately noon the cattle sets off towards Pertisau via Maurach before arriving in Wiesing for the autumn festival.

Pertisau Autumn festival & cattle drive in Wiesing

Date: 24.09.2016

From 11:00 am until 2:30 pm traditional „Frühschoppen“ get-together with brass band, followed by musical entertainment from the „Zillertaler BergGranaten” in front of the community centre. In the early afternoon the traditionally decorated cows will arrive at their cowsheds. Guests are well catered for with Tyrolean delicacies like the “Melchermuas”, home-made Zillertaler Krapfen, Tyroler Kiachl, etc. The local associations look forward to your visit.

For holidays in Pertisau >

Alpbach - Reith im Alpbachtal

Date: 24.09. and 01.10.2016

In what really is the highlight of the year for the whole of the Alpbach valley the decorated cows are driven through the village of Reith between 12:00 and 3:00 pm. This is followed by live Tyrolean music, demonstrations of traditional handicrafts and of course plenty of traditional food and drink.

For holidays in Alpbach >


Westendorf - Cattle drive and Mountain Festival

Date: 24.09.2016

Cattle drive with farmers’ market, music and regional culinary specialities (Tyrolean cheese and bacon, “Kasspatzl” etc.)

* Grand festival

* Ceremonial driving down of cattle (through the village centre between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.)

* Live music 

* Traditional food from the local farmers

For holidays in Westendorf >


(Visit from Kitzbühel)

Date: 17.09.2016 and 24.9.2016 from 10.00am

* Mountain festival at the Lifthotel (Hotel Lift)

* Festival at the centre of Kirchberg

* Live music

* Traditional food from the local farmers

For holidays in Kitzbühel >


Date: 04.09.2016

Cattle drive of the sheep at Oberweidach (near the football ground of Leutasch)

Date: Awaiting 2016 date

Cattle drive of cows and horses

Söll, Festplatz Brunnhoffeld

Date: 24.09.2016

11am Live music from the village brass band in Söll to officially open the Almabtrieb. 12-3.30pm Decorated cow parade through the village

All Day

- Brass band concert from the Bundesmusikkapelle Söll
- Traditional Tyrolean Schuhplattler Group (Tyrolean dancing)
- Live music in various locations
- Several market stalls with local produce
- Original handicraft stalls
- Children's pony rides
- Children's petting zoo

Location: Near the main lift station in Söll.

For holidays in Söll >


Date: 17.09.2016

Traditional cattle drive in Neustift, Start: 11am, procession of decorated cattle is followed by music and traditional customs.

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Niederau/Oberau Wildschönau –Auffach

Date: 17.09.2016 from 10am

Huge cattle drive followed by a traditional Festival in Auffach. More than 500 animals will return from their alpine pastures.

The cows are coming home in Niederau too. Approximately 80 head of cattle will be driven through the village centre at about 3.30 pm. 

A small festival will be taking place in Oberau opposite the Gasthof Dorferwirt in Oberau from 11 am.

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For holidays in Oberau >

Mayrhofen Ziller Valley Schwendau

Date: 01.10.2016

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Brixen - one of the largest and most famous

(Visit from Westendorf, Kirchberg and Kitzbühel)

Date: 17.09.2016

* Mountain festival with lots of traditional food from local farmers

* Morning pint with the brass band Brixen, from 10 am

* Live music 

* Farmers market

* Old timer tractor rally

* Children's festival (sleigh rides, climbing wall, bouncy castle....)

* Traditional handicraft stalls

* Ceremonial driving down of cattle

For holidays in Westendorf >

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