Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

Cow Parade and Cheese Market

in Elm Switzerland

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

One of the best things about early Autumn in Switzerland is going to watch a cow parade.

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

At the end of the Summer the cows are brought down from the Sumer mountain pastures and welcomed back in to the villages. It’s a time to rejoice and welcome the cows back into the fold. Most importantly it’s time for a great celebration.

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

We went to visit Elm to see the Cow Parade and to visit the Cheese Market which takes place at the same time.

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

The Cow Parades are referred to variously as “Alpabzug” or “Alpabfahrt”. After watching the cow parade there is a party with plenty of food and drink.

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

The cow are all prettied up in beautiful head dresses with colourful flowers.

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

At Elm there were plenty of food with hot sausages and cheese based dishes such as Raclette on offer. There was also something called Fenz, which is apparently made with flour and cream. Have you tried this?

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

Photographer Carmen Sirboiu managed to catch these great photos of the cows and of this glorious day.

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

If you’re thinking of viewing an Alpabzug take a look at our Cow Parade guide here. If it’s too late this time, do make sure to visit one next year!

Cow Parade and Cheese Market in Elm Switzerland

Photos by Carmen Sirboiu

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