Traditional Alpine Descent — Plaffeien, FR
Hundreds of thousands of Swiss cows, sheep, goats, and other animals spend their summer in the Swiss Alps to graze on the rich and tasty grasses and wildflowers of the alpine pastures. The special tasting milk that is produced is then processed into aromatic cheeses and other dairy products. With the beginning of fall and the colder weather, the animals descend from the mountains to their winter quarters. In many communities, this alpine descent is still celebrated with very traditional and picturesque festivals.
At this “Désalpe,” as it is called in the French-speaking regions, spectators will welcome the over 1,000 animals that will flock to the village center of Plaffeien (Schwarzsee region), starting at 9:00. Visitors can also enjoy delicious cheese and other local products from the nearly 40 stands, as well as flag throwers, Alphorn music, and the music of country orchestras and brass bands.
Be sure to confirm the dates before you head out as sometimes festivals or at least the descent of the animals may have to be cancelled or changed on the basis of weather or the availability of feedstock.
This event is free of charge; consider public transport as parking is limited.