The happy ending of summer

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The "Züglete" is what the cheesemakers and dairy farmers call the seasonal movement of livestock up and down the Alps. For both the animals and the people it is a very special time. It is marked by a feeling of joy and gratitude as well as by the tensions and hardships this lifestyle involves.

In autumn, when the pastures have been grazed over, the herds come back down into the valley. Artistically decorated with flowers and hung with bells, the animals make their long, often arduous, way back. The deep sound of the large bells is what drives them on. The exact timing for the Züglete, which usually takes place in September, is set by each farmer.


Experience tip

Anyone wanting to experience authentic Saanen customs should come to the Gstaad Züglete on Saturday, 3 September 2016. It will pass right through the Gstaad promenade and will really bring these authentic traditions to life. The supporting programme includes yodelling, alphorn blowing and children’s entertainment.

More information: Gstaad Züglete

In autumn, when the pastures have been grazed over, the herds come back down into the valley.
In autumn, when the pastures have been grazed over, the herds come back down into the valley.
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Gstaad

The region has a further 9 chalet villages alongside Gstaad, located at an altitude of between 1,000 and 1,400 metres. Yet despite its style and class, Gstaad has remained genuinely Alpine and down-to-earth. It is proud of its tradition and lives and breathes it every day.

Over a thousand cultural and sporting events are available to visitors every year, including top events with an international reputation. In addition, visitors will find first-class hotels, outstanding shopping facilities along the traffic-free promenade and an airport in Saanen.

Contact

Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus
Promenade 41
CH - 3780 Gstaad
Tel +41 33 748 81 81
Fax +41 33 748 81 83
info@gstaad.ch

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