Almabtrieb Kelchsau Ferienregion Hohe Salve

Alpine Cattle Drive in the Holiday Region Hohe Salve

The great traditional celebration in autumn

When the cows return from the Alpine pastures to the valley, it’s time to celebrate in the Holiday Region Hohe Salve. The Alpine Cattle Drive, that is. Early in the morning the cows and calves are adorned with colourful floral arrangements – this means that summer on the alpine pastures passed off without misfortune. Often the bipeds and their four-legged friends march back home for hours, and while the lush meadows in the valley await the cows as a reward, the herdsmen look forward to the merry hullabaloo, that welcomes them after weeks of solitude in the mountains. Experience this unique traditional Tirolean Festival in the Holiday Region Hohe Salve up close. In September, you have frequent opportunities to see the cows on their drive home. All information about the events revolving around the Alpine Cattle Drive can be found on this page.

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    17 - 24 September 2022

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    Angerberg, Hopfgarten & Kelchsau

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    Tradition & Customs

The schedule

  • check17 September: Small Alpine Pasture Festival Angerberg

  • check20-24 September: Supporting programme based on the Alpine Pasture

  • check24 September: Big Alpine Pasture in Kelchsau and Hopfgarten

  • Band at the Alpine Cattle Drive in Hopfgarten
    The traditional band provides the musical setting for the Alpine Cattle Drive in Hopfgarten in the Holiday Region Hohe Salve.
  • Alpine Cattle Drive Hopfgarten Hohe Salve
    The festively adorned cows walk through the market centre of Hopfgarten with the Alpine herdsmen at the traditional Alpine Cattle Drive Festival.
  • Alpine Cattle Drive Hopfgarten 2018@Christina Ehammer (6)
  • Alpine Cattle Drive in Kelchsau
    When the cows return from the alpine pastures into the valley, this is cause for celebration also in Kelchsau in the Holiday Region Hohe Salve.
  • Alpine Cattle Drive in Hopfgarten and the Holiday Region Hohe Salve
    At the great Alpine Cattle Drive Festival in Hopfgarten, the returning cows and Alpine herdsmen are welcomed and celebrated by the visitors.
  • Alpine Cattle Drive Hopfgarten Holiday Region Hohe Salve
    In Hopfgarten the traditional Alpine Cattle Drive Festival takes place every year. Locals and guests look forward equally to the homecoming of the animals from the alpine pastures.
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Almabtrieb in Angerberg

The young farmers' association Landjugend Angerberg-Mariastein is organising a small but fine Almabtrieb festival on 17 September 2022 at Angerberg in the district of Embach at the Buchacker car park. The "Kofler Buam" will provide musical entertainment and the Angerberg farmers' wives will spoil you with homemade Zillertal doughnuts.

Alpine Cattle Drive in Hopfgarten and Kelchsau

Big festival with farmers’ market and handicraft market

If you want to experience Tirolean traditions up close, then you should definitely not miss out on this festival in Hopfgarten and Kelchsau. The little village of Kelchsau with its historic centre provides the perfect setting for the farmers’ market on the Alpine Cattle Drive day. Traditional handicraft and Tirolean treats make this day an event worth seeing. It starts in the morning at around 9 o’clock.

The majority of the cows, however, have to continue on from Kelchsau, out of the valley all the way to Hopfgarten and Itter. Hundreds of cattle thus march through Hopfgarten market on their way home and are given a befitting welcome there. At 10 o’clock the music starts playing, the first delicacies of the day - from typical, traditional Tirolean treats all the way to premium brandies - are offered. At the farmers’ market you can stock up on natural food from the region. Craftsmen who have retained their traditional methods gladly pass on their knowledge. The clubs and innkeepers from Hopfgarten are happy about every guest.

Supporting programme during the cattle drive season

Supporting programme

  • check10.09.-25.09.: Alpine weeks at Hopfgartner Salvenberg

  • check17.09., Saturday: Small Alpine Pasture Festival Angerberg

  • check20.09., Tuesday, 09:00-13:00: Bread baking with Martina from the "Achrainer Moosen" heritage farm and organic farm

  • check21.09., Wednesday: Traditional costume is culture - visit Tracht & Braut - Helene Mayr

  • check22.09, Thursday, 09:00-11:00: Experience customs at first hand - tying bosches at the Lechnerhof in Wörgl

  • check22.09., Thursday, 14:00-17:00: Pleasure hike at the Pinnersdorfer organic farm

  • check 23.09, Friday, 10:00-13:00: Alpine pasture hike with guided tour Niederkaseralm

  • check24.09, Saturday: Large alpine pasture drive Hopfgarten & in Kelchsau | Small alpine pasture drive in Itter

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