The happy ending of summer
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.
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