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Itís time for the alpfahrt.... the cows are coming home

Itís time for the alpfahrt.... the cows are coming home

Old Sep 7th, 2020, 12:26 PM
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Itís time for the alpfahrt.... the cows are coming home


The cows are coming down from the alps. This particular cow was photographed on Saturday.

The below photos were all taken on Saturday at the foot of the Mythen between Schwyz and Einsiedeln, Switzerland,

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Thank you thank you thank you!!! BEAUtiful photos!

I just love the Swiss and their cow traditions
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Were the chamois always that common or are they coming back?
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Wish I was there to see it in person. This will be the first time in years we've not made our annual trip to Switzerland.
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I very much enjoyed the day I spent watching the "moo-ving" of the cows!

Thanks!
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Thank you for the pictures. One year in Bavaria there were life-size cows everywhere each painted differently. Hoping that bell was only for today. It would make me batty if I was a cow.
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So nice to see photos of Switzerland again!
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Wonderful photos! Adding Switzerland onto that ever growing list of places I’d like to visit someday!
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Ahhh, lovely, thank you. Reminds me of when we stayed in MŁstair, Switzerland one fall and woke up to cow bells! We need to go back!
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Thanks all! I took nice short video clips of the cows as well but sadly Fodor's won't let me upload them. Those cows are Brown Swiss and have always been the favourite breed of the area.
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Love your photos! Brings back great memories of 2003 trip.
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Thank you very much for the photos! I wish I could see it in person.
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I got to see them going up the mountain in June back in 2016. Really wish I could link the video so you could hear all the bells.


View from our apartment balcony in Wengen. We had no advanced notice. I wondered why everyone was cutting their lawns the day before.
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We watched the moving of the cows from our hotel balcony in Lauterbrunnen - a very good memory of a wonderful holiday.
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The Wengen cows were obviously having a lunch break.
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Thanks for sharing the photos! I was lucky enough to attend two Alpabfahrten. LOVED the merriment !
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Thanks for sharing the photos! I was lucky enough to attend two Alpabfahrten. LOVED the merriment !
Am not the biggest fan of cows wearing bells 24/7. A couple of studies have suggested that wearing bells nonstop causes stress and may even affect milk production. I have noticed that the number of (organic) farms not belling their cows is increasing.
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Am not the biggest fan of cows wearing bells 24/7. A couple of studies have suggested that wearing bells nonstop causes stress and may even affect milk production. I have noticed that the number of (organic) farms not belling their cows is increasing.
I'm pretty sure that those cows aren't wearing those big ceremonial bells on a daily basis, like the ones we saw hanging outside a barn in Gimmelwald.


That's probably a bell for every cow this farmer owns.
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