Cattle Driving in Bavaria

Cattle Drive - Tradition in Bayern

Experience a piece of Bavarian customs in the Chiemgau!

The Cattle Driving has a long tradition in the Alps and it is celebrated with festivities, music, dancing and culinary treats.

In the autumn, usually in the course of the month of September, the cows and cattle return from the lush alpine meadows to the valley for wintering. The dairymen prepare the farewell to the pasture. The well-fed alpine cows are festively decorated with magnificent, hand-made jewelry (wreathed) and brought under bells and accompanied by many helpers from the pastures back down to the stables of the farms. The jewelry for the cattle is made by the shepherds themselves, it consists of fir green, spruce branches, and alpine flowers, decorated with colourful ribbons, baubles, mirrors, in addition, bells or clamps forged from sheet metal, which are intended to drive the evil demons out of the cows.

Cattle Drives near Inzell

Cattle drive across the lake Königssee

In Schönau at the mountain lake Königssee, the cattle are brought back to the valley via the water on the motorized transport boats from the Salet mountain pasture and Fischunkel alpine pastures. The cattle driving over the mountain lake Königssee takes place at the beginning of October. Due to various circumstances (weather conditions, accidents, etc.), the dates can be changed at short notice. Please inform yourself about the exact date here.

The 10th Chiemgau Cattle drive 2019 on September 8 at the Winklmoos mountain pasture in Reit im Winkl

From 10:00 o'clock the hiking autumn 2019 will be opened. You can expect guided themed hikes (herbal hike, geological hike, alpine and summit view hike, meditative hike, alpaca hike), genuine Chiemgau delicacies, live music, yodeling lessons. A free bus transfer will take you from the Seegatterl car park to the Winklmoos pasture and back to the valley. The parking is for free.

At the hiking parking lot (German: "Wandermarktplatz"), the starting point of the hikes, a colourful supporting program with climbing tower, face painting, archery, Segways provides for entertainment.

Admission to the event is free. The event takes place in any weather.

Detailed program Chiemgau Almumtrieb

Sheep drive

22.09.2019 - the traditional sheep driving of the Rechenberg alpine pasture in Unterwössen with varied program in the spa park: the arrival of the sheep at ca.12.00 clock in the spa park, stand concert, assessment and licensing of breeding studs, sausage samples from Alpine sheep, sales of wool products, auction of the sheep-breeders.