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Transhumance in South Tyrol

A South Tyrolean tradition

The transhumance, where livestock is brought back down from the pastures to the valley, is a much-loved South Tyrolean tradition. The cows, goats, and sheep that have spent the summer up on the Alpine pastures are decorated with flowers and wreaths and are driven down to the valley in a big procession. The animals and farmers are accompanied by traditional “ Goaslschnöller” whip crackers, music, and “Schuhplattler” folk dancers. In some places, the transhumance is also celebrated with a festival. The celebrations are a way for the farmers to give thanks for a good crop and harvest. The entire village comes together to celebrate – and dance their hearts out! Make sure you don’t miss this spectacle: During your South Tyrol holidays in autumn, you’ll also find transhumance festivals around our family hotel, for example in St. Magdalena in Val di Funes/Villnöss or in Lajen. So, put on your dirndl or lederhosen and join the merry-makers – the transhumance in South Tyrol is a unique experience!

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