Almabtriebe (Alpine Pastures)
Summer recreation is not only good for people, but also for animals. That's why around 180,000 cattle, sheep, goats and horses are brought to around 2,600 lush alpine pastures in Tyrol every year. The fodder on the alpine pastures is particularly tasty and of the highest quality, and the animals also protect the mountain pastures from running wild. When the warm season draws to a close, people and cattle come down from the mountains again. The homecoming has been celebrated extensively in Tyrol for centuries. If the herd has been spared deaths over the summer, the cows wear colorful flower decorations and bells for the occasion. In the valley, meanwhile, the farmers' wives bake and cook to spoil the homecomers with culinary delights.