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Here Come the Cows – An Austrian Celebration

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A Big Austrian Celebration

Adorned with flowers and bells, the cows make their way home from pasture. Each year, the ‘Almabtrieb’ marks the start of autumn and celebrates the cows’ safe return. This event was originally a sort of thanksgiving for the farmers, but now it’s a village-wide celebration. The villagers come together to celebrate local traditions with music, costume and delicacies. This is an exciting period in the Austrian Tyrol and the lively celebrations offer a wealth of cultural insight.

Furthermore, there are plenty of other highlights to explore in this regions. Explore the area’s capital, Innsbruck, with its cobbled streets, pastel-hued buildings and lashings of culture. Situated on a river and nestled in the mountains, this hub of activity retains its charming Austrian feel. Then, visit the mesmerising Swarovski Crystal Worlds, where crystal sculptures glisten. With a crystal winter forest and the world’s largest kaleidoscope, there’s plenty to catch your eye in this bejewelled paradise. The Tyrol is an extremely scenic area so spend some time admiring the serene countryside. Enjoy a journey along the Kaunertal Glacier Road, winding through varied pristine nature. Hugging the cliffs, this panoramic route offers visitors spectacular views, passing the Gepatsch Reservoir and rising up to a place of perpetual ice.  You can also trundle through the scenery of the Ziller Valley aboard an historical steam train and visit the picturesque Krimml Falls.

Experience the cows ornamented with flowers for the Almabtrieb and enter into this world of tradition. With delicious local foods, charming towns and incomparable landscapes, Austria’s Tyrol is a treat at any time of year, but this cultural event makes it extra special!

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Various Almabtrieb will take place in towns and villages across the Tyrol between 7th and 29th September 2019. The exact dates are subject to confirmation. 


Dates

11th & 19th September 2019


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1-2

Depart the UK

Travel to either Dover for the crossing to Calais. After stopping overnight in France, continue next day to your chosen hotel in the Tyrol.

Day 3

Innsbruck and Swarovski Crystal World

No visit would be complete without a visit to the beautiful Alpine city of Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol. With a spectacular backdrop of snow-capped mountains, Innsbruck offers a picture-book Old Town full of historical buildings. There’s an optional walking tour that includes the Imperial Palace and the famous Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), the symbol of the city. For a captivating and glittering experience, visit the famous Swarovski Crystal World. Enter into the heart of this crystal empire to be awed by sparkling art.

Day 4

The Cows Come Home

All across the Tyrol and Lakes regions, the villages prepare for the cows to begin their descent from the mountains. Decorated in hand-woven headpieces, the cows are escorted in a parade through the streets. Soak up the typically Austrian atmosphere as the crowds gather, and music and the smell of local delicacies waft through the air.

As the dates of the Almabtrieb are subject to confirmation, the exact town or village in which you will enjoy this celebration is subject to confirmation of schedules. A number of towns in the Tyrol enjoy traditional celebrations of the cows’ homecoming during this period.

Day 5

Kaunertal Glacier Panoramic Road

Today we take a trip along the scenic Kaunertal Glacier Panoramic Road. Winding roads lead through this stunning landscape alongside perpetual ice. Viewing platforms and historic sites dot the route. Keep your eyes peeled for little marmots and perhaps spot ibex. We will make a photo stop at the Gepatsch Reservoir, the largest in Western Austria.

Day 6

Ziller Valley Steam Railway, Mayrhofen and Krimml Falls

Embark on a nostalgic journey aboard the historic Ziller Valley Steam Train, winding its way through magnificent scenery up the valley from Jenbach to picturesque Mayrhofen. Explore this famous Alpine town before we travel via the spectacular Gerlos Pass to visit the world-famous and very popular Krimml Waterfalls. There’s a 30 minute walk to reach Europe’s longest free-falling water cascades, but it is well worth the effort.

Days 7-8

Return to the UK

Retrace the steps of your outward journey, stopping overnight in France again before continuing the next day to Calais for the return ferry to the UK and journey home.


Suggested hotels – Inspected by Greatdays’ staff August 2017

Hotel Tyrol, Pfunds ****

Superb family-run hotel in the heart of the village. Standard and superior rooms available. Spacious and comfortable public areas, and excellent swimming pool and wellness facilities. Coach parking nearby.

Posthotel, Pfunds ****

A highly recommended traditional and family-run hotel with indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam bath (free to guests). Restaurant with rustic, cosy dining room and terrace. Coach parking nearby.


8 days Hotel Half Twin Single Supplement
11th September 2019 Posthotel, Pfunds From £550.00 per person From £132.00 per person
19th September 2019 Hotel Tyrol, Pfunds From £439.00 per person From £132.00 per person

Please note that the date of the Almabtreib (cows’ homecoming) is dependant on a number of factors including weather and is subject to confirmation for 2019.

 

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