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With children back at school and the weather getting cooler, the time is approaching for another famous Swiss tradition. The Alpabzug (also known as the Alpabfahrt or, in French, the Désalpe), refers to the annual journey made by cattle from mountain pastures to lower ground, where they will be spending the winter. Cows adorned with flowers, flags, and, of course, bells are guided through the village by herdsmen dressed in traditional costume, while children lead goats past cheering onlookers. Joining the crowds to welcome the animals’ arrival is an excellent way to experience an iconic Swiss tradition, not to mention an opportunity to sample local Alpine specialties at various market stalls. Here are some of the Alpabzüge which will be taking place

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