In autumn in the Wilder Kaiser region, one of the Tyrol's loveliest traditions is kept alive with the alpine cattle drive end of September. In the village of Söll in particular during this week locals and guests, man and animal really get going on the mountains and in the valley.
At harvest time Hochsöll's Hexenwasser provides steaming cakes, cosy snugs and lush alpine pastures where you get to sample it all; enjoy yourself, listen to and sing along with alpine herdsmen as they work. Here visitors get to sharpen the scythes themselves, then cut the grass with it. They can hammer out rake teeth or bind colourful headgear for the cows. After expending so many calories, specialities from farm cuisine instantly supply new energy. While in the Stöcklalm we bake farmhouse bread together and in the Holzknechtsölde we get to taste a traditional mountain squish. In the Simonalm young and old connoisseurs alike can learn how local pastries are made, or they can try a freshly baked sweet on the Hohe Salve. Proper ambiance comes with real folk music.
In the meantime preparations for the alpine cattle drive from the Alps is in full swing. Early in the morning on alpine cattle drive day, a Saturday end of September, the cows are adorned with paper flowers - as a symbol and thanks for an incident-free summer on the alpine pasture. The dairy herdsmen drive their cattle past Alpengasthof Hochsöll and the Stöcklalm into the valley. The local music groups accompany the cattle entering the village and returning to their own stalls. The market stands boast fresh milk, alpine cheese, farmhouse bacon and bread. The successful return home of the alpine cattle and the dairy herdsman is a feast for all the senses every year in Söll and the Wilder Kaiser region.