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Alpabzug (cows making their autumn descent from the mountains) in Lauterbrunnen region

For those interested in seeing this, a few dates have just been publicized for the upcoming descents - check with the tourist office in Lauterbrunnen for more info. The cows are usually "dressed up" with flowers and bells.

Lauterbrunnen:
24 Sept 21 Alpabzug from the Mäderalp, arriving between 14:30 - 15:00 (along Dorfstrasse)
25 Sept 21 Alpabzug from Winteregg, arriving between 12:00 - 13:00 (along Dorfstrasse)

Wengen/Lauterbrunnen:
27 Sept 21 Alpabzug Wengernalp arriving ca 11:00 in Wengen or if you are in Lauterbrunnen, between 12:00 - 13:00 (along Stocki Strasse in the direction of Kirchenparkplatz parking lot by the church)
https://wengen.swiss/en/summer/product/event/cattle-coming-down-from-wengernalp/

29 Sept 21 Looks like another descent of the mothers and calves, expected in Wengen around 10:30am https://wengen.swiss/en/summer/product/event/cows-and-their-calves-coming-down-from-wengernalp/

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Reminder for anyone in the Lauterbrunnen/Wengen area during the upcoming week!!
The first cows came down through Wengen this morning - anyone catch it?

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Thank you for the tip on the cow parade in Wengen today. We arrived in Murren last night and I just happened to read the forum. Today my dream came true and we saw the cows come down, they were decorated with flowers, just like I’ve seen pictures of!

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We just got back from the Engadine and can't wait to go to BO next September. Is there a way to plan to be there for this cow descent...Is it usually the end of September? Is this something we should try and do if we can? Sounds awesome.

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The descents are normally from late August through September (even early October) depending on the region...a few places have festivals with set dates, but individual descents can vary depending on weather and other conditions, so it is hard to predict those far in advance. In the Berner Oberland, usually mid-late September - the tourist offices in Lauterbrunnen and surrounding area are well-informed and publicize the dates 1-2 weeks in advance, but you could try asking them earlier to see if they have any tips.
Fyi, for anyone going in late May-mid June, you can also see the cows going up the mountains. They aren't always 'dressed up' for the climb to their summer pastures, but it is still fun to watch them and marvel at how they can hike uphill for 3+ hours!

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So excited to hear there’s a chance I might see some cows when I’m in Wengen in June!!!!!

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Carrie - yes, you have a pretty good chance! I was in Wengen this June and we saw one group going up on the 21st. A local told us this was a week or so later than normal due to the weather (we had an unseasonably cold spring). So fingers crossed your June trip will match up with next year's ascent.