Alpabzug/alpabfahrt in Urnäsch
Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland
Alpabzug is the descending of the cows
from the alps into the valleys at the end of summer.
It is a parade of cows with their traditional swiss cow bell. Farmers are all dressed up with their tradional swiss outfit walking their cows down to the village.
They have marching bands, poeple yodelling (that reminds me of Heidi cartoon series ). A lot of farm market stalls;where you can try their popular Appenzell cheese, pig race competition and some fun activities for kids.
it's getting more and more popular touristic place that the village guide had to give instructions in high german and english.The place is really wonderful far from the busy bahnhofstrasse of zurich.
It's a perfect short day trip for the whole family to get to know more about swiss culture.
For all the activities and events check their website for all the infos.