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  • Fischen »»

    Rejuvenating leisuretime destination in the Iller river valley with panoramic views of the mountains. Ideal for bike tours, Nordic walking, leisurely strolls, and low-impact hikes. Certified premium-class health climate, e-bike tours and exceptional shopping opportunities.

  • Bolsterlang »»

    Panoramic views across the Iller river valley, at the very heart of the Allgäu Alps. You won’t find a more picture perfect mountain village than this gem at the foot of the Hörnerkette mountain range, surrounded by picturesque Alpine meadows.

  • Obermaiselstein »»

    Family-friendly mountain village in panoramic surroundings with views of the Allgäu region mountain world. Nature highlights, like the only underground cave of the Allgäu region are just a leisurely walk away.

  • Balderschwang »»

    A natural treasure: the small Alpine village of Balderschwang. Nestled at the heart of Nature Park Nagelfluhkette, situated at 1,044 metres (3,425 feet) above sea level in a virtually untouched valley near the border to Vorarlberg.

  • Ofterschwang »»

    A beautiful Alpine village with panoramic views of the Allgäu mountains, renowned for its regional delicacies and its skiing- and golf resort. Offers range from farm accommodation, lovely holiday flats to luxury holidays at a golf resort, and a specialized family hotel.

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The 5th season between summer and autumn

Each year at the beginning of summer, some 30,000 cows are brought up to beautiful Alpine pastures in the Allgäu to graze on juicy meadows. Some 100 days later, farming villages all over the region round up the herds for the great autumn cattle drive. This is when the cattle, decked out in garlands of flowers and ribbons, with bells attached to their heavy leather collars, are driven down from the Alpine pastures to their winter quarters down in the valley. The distant distinctive sound of the cowbells grows as the herds join and get closer to the villages. Meanwhile crowds gather down in the valley, local people together with holidaymakers, to line the streets along the route the steadily growing herd is to take.

Cattle Drives: A Traditional Homecoming

More than 30 cattle drives are taking place from early September through mid-October throughout the Allgäu. The homecoming of the cows is still a very special and proud day for the villages and espacially the shepherds. Apart from celebrating the homecoming of the animals, people also celebrate the safe homecoming of the herdsmen and dairymen who as well spend their summers above timberline. On the day of the grand cattle drive, stalls are set up in the street, selling all sorts of authentic specialties and refreshments. Brass bands are out in force and the streets become full of people in traditional Allgäu Lederhosen and Dirndl costumes. A perfect opportunity to enjoy authentic Allgäu customs!

Cattle Drives in the Hörnerdörfer

16.09.2016 starting 10.00 o'clock Balderschwang
17.09.2016 starting 08.30 o'clock Gunzesried-Ofterschwang in Gunzesried
19.09.2016 starting 09.00 o'clock Bolsterlang
24.09.2016 starting 09.00 o'clock Obermaiselstein

Further Cattle Drives close by:

10.09.2016 starting 08.30 o'clock Bad Hindelang
12.09.2016 starting 08.30 o'clock Schöllang
09.09.2016 starting 08.00 o'clock Oberstaufen
13.09.2016 starting 08.30 o'clock Oberstdorf
15.09.2016 starting 09.15 o'clock Kranzegg
16.09.2016 starting 08.00 o'clock Thalkirchdorf
19.09.2016 starting 09.00 o'clock Immenstadt