The Almabtrieb in Fuschl

The Gruberalm in the Fuschelsee region of the Salzkammergut is an idyllic mountain location, set at around 1000 metres above sea level.

Cows graze on the alpine pastures in summer. Hikers can enjoy regional delicacies, some of them from certified organic production, in the mountain huts in the area.

The cows are decorated when they come down from the mountains in the Fuschlsee region of the Salzkammergut
Decorating the cows for the Almabtrieb in September
© Fuschlsee Tourismus | Familie Matiescheck, Mayerlehenhütte

Every year in September, the dairymen and dairymaids dedicate themselves to an additional task: they make the artistic headdress which the animals wear when they come down from the mountain pastures.

This year the celebrations begin at 11.00 on 14 September and from 13.00 the cows are gathered and decorated. At 14.30, everyone sets off for the valley.

Then silence returns to the Gruberalm. Legend has it that after the alpine summer the “Kasamandl”, an alpine ghost, moves into the lonely mountain huts and lives there until the next alpine summer begins.

Almabtrieb – History & Customs

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