Cattle drive in Söll

One of Tirol’s most amazing traditions

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Cattle drive in Söll

One of Tirol’s most amazing traditions

On the morning of this cattle drive, the cows are festively decorated as a symbol of thanks for an accident-free summer in the mountain pastures. The Alpine dairymen drive the animals past the Alpengasthof Hochsöll inn and the Stöcklalm mountain hut into the valley. The cows arrive back in the valley around 12 pm where they are greeted by the local brass band before returning to their stalls for the winter. At the market stands, you can purchase doughnuts, fresh milk, Alpine cheese, farmer's smoked ham and fragrant bread. Every year in Söll and the Wilder Kaiser region, the successful return of the Alpine cattle and the Alpine dairymen is a feast for all senses.

Mountain autumn at the Hexenwasser theme park

© Elmar Bichler

The autumn cattle drive down from the pastures at the end of September in the Wilder Kaiser region is one of Tirol’s most amazing traditions. During the week of the cattle drive in Söll, celebrations take place from the mountain pastures to the valley.

At harvest time, steaming kitchens, cosy traditional Tirolean parlours and lush Alpine meadows at the Hexenwasser theme park in Hochsöll invite you to sample, enjoy, listen, sing along and even assist the Alpine dairymen.

Visitors can try their hand at a scythe to mow the grass, rake the hay or even help decorate the cattle with colourful headdresses.

After some thorough physical exercise, it’s time to enjoy some delicious, traditional farm-fresh food to regain your strength. Bake farmers' bread together at the Stöcklalm mountain hut or sample a traditional Alpine porridge at a traditional wooden structure. Meanwhile, connoisseurs of all ages can learn to make Brodakrapfen potato pockets at the Simonalm Alpine pasture or try a fried doughnut at the Hohe Salve mountain. All the while, local bands play authentic folk music to enliven the atmosphere.

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