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this sunday, i was in elm at the glarner alpchäs- und schabziger märt, a kind of folk festival where you can have fun, try and buy cheese, eat traditional food, listen to bands playing folk music, and as a highlight, watching an almabtrieb. during the latter event, the cows from the alms are driven back into the valley, where they are decorated and equipped with nice cowbells, and walked along the main street so the tourists can watch and take pictures ;-) below are some impressions from that day with wonderful weather, opposing the foggy, cool weather i left behind when leaving the zürich area…

in the last photo, you can see the martinsloch. we didn’t knew the sun was shining through that morning (around 9:33 o’clock), otherwise we probably would have been there earlier…


anmut. wrote on october 5, 2011 at 19:38:

the technical term in this country is “alpabzug” :)
but it’s pretty nonetheless!

felix wrote on october 5, 2011 at 19:47:

the website advertising the thing calls it “alpabfahrt”, and the english wikipedia propagates the word “almabtrieb”, even though the swiss term is (according to you and the german wikipedia) “alpabzug”. i just stuck to “almabtrieb” since i linked to the english wikipedia…

anmut. wrote on october 5, 2011 at 20:40:

you’re such a nerd ;)

felix wrote on october 5, 2011 at 20:49:

i know :)

rebhuhn wrote on october 10, 2011 at 08:26:

… außerdem klingt ALMabtrieb in ELM auch einfach cooler… *g

nerds an die macht!