The Variety of Mountain Pastures in the Salzburg Land Region

Come and see the cows when they are brought down from the mountains at the end of the summer

Pastures in the Salzburg Land Region
Pastures in the Salzburg Land Region

When the people and the animals have spent a good summer up in the mountains of the Salzburg Land region it is time to bring the cows back down to the valley. This event takes place every year at the end of September.

It is truly a very special event to see the cows being brought down from the mountains. In Austria we call it "Almabtrieb". Now it is time for the animals to spend the winter back down in the valley. The cows' heads are decorated and you will not be able to believe your eyes. The cows look so beautiful. You can find out more about this tradition in the mountain pastures of the Salzburg Land region.

Mountain Pastures of the Salzburg Land Region: Almabtrieb

During the summer the cows, horses and sheep feed on the fresh grass of the mountain pastures. As soon as the grass stops growing in September and the temperatures are no longer so high then it is time to bring the animals back down to the valley again – this is our traditional Almabtrieb. The animals are decorated before they leave the mountains. A very special decoration is put on the head of one of the cows. It is the job of this cow to bring the rest of the animals back down from the mountains safely. Besides the beautiful decorations on their heads the cows also wear cow bells and little mirrors which are supposed to drive away evil demons. You will hear and see this wonderful spectacle. For many people this colourful event on the mountain pastures of the Salzburg Land region is something not to be missed – both by the locals and the tourists alike.

Almabtrieb in years gone by

Hiking in autumn
Hiking in autumn

In years gone by it was not always certain that the animals and people would come down from the mountains safely. The terrain was often very steep, the paths were not safe and the terrible weather conditions made it difficult to get back down from the mountains safely. And so the people were glad when the herds and the shepherds arrived safely. That was a time to celebrate – to give thanks for their safe return.

In some places this festival is celebrated with music and dances and farmer's markets. This gives you the opportunity to try the delicacies of the region – made from the food which is grown here.

Holiday on the mountain pastures of the Salzburg Land region

When the ornately decorated animals come back down from the mountain pastures of the Salzburg Land region then that is the right time to come to Hintersee. The Almabtrieb in the Salzburg Land region should not be missed! Family Ebner from Wohlfühlhotel Gasthof Hintersee is looking forward to receiving your enquiry.  

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