Almabtrieb - Cattle Drive

Time Honoured Tradition in Zillertal

For the people of Zillertal it is a time honoured tradition - for visitors to the region, an amazingly colourful spectacle whilst on holiday:  When cattle that have been grazing all summer on the high alpine pastures of Zillertal are adorned with flowers, ribbons, intricately embroidered head-dresses with holy figures and bells to be herded down to lower lying farms before the winter snow arrives.

The Almabtrieb is a very colourful event: The animals are herded on foot from the outer lying valleys such as Zillergrund, Stilluptal, Ginzling and Tuxertal back "home". The leading cow, or "Moarkuh",  leads each decorated herd, followed by heifers, bulls, young oxen and small livestock, such as sheep and goats.

From September to the beginning of October numerous "Almtabtrieb Festivals" take place in the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday region.