After two forced Corona breaks, some Allgäu communities have said goodbye to cattle drives with festival tents. In Obermaiselstein (district of Oberallgäu), the approximately 1,400 cows are no longer brought to a central place in the village at the end of the alpine summer, but are loaded at several places without regular operation for further transport. In Maierhöfen (district of Lindau), the animals are brought directly from the Alps with transporters. Separately, there is a local festival at the end of the alpine summer.
During the cattle drives, alpine shepherds in the Allgäu drive around a third of the approximately 31,000 cattle from the Alps, some of them decorated, back down into the valley. There they are "divorced" by their shepherds and returned to their owners. This is traditionally celebrated in many places: with music, stalls, fairground rides and thousands of visitors.
Viehscheid Obermaiselstein 2022 Viehscheidverein Maierhöfen at home festival 2022