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September in Schnals
Sheep Drive from the Ötztal valley

The sheep drive from the North Tyrolean Ötztal valley to the South Tyrolean Schnalstal valley is one of the most impressive and lively traditions in the Alps.

One of the oldest and biggest sheep drives in the Alps

Ever since Ötzi's time, up to 3,500 sheep have been moving every year in mid-June from the Vinschgau and Schnals valleys over the snow-covered Hochjoch (2,857 m) and Niederjoch (3,019 m) peaks to the Alpine pastures in the Austrian Venter valley, which still belong to the Schnals farmers today. This transhumance involves an unusually long distance which the animals have to cover. Drivers, shepherds and dogs accompany the herd, and some of the sheep cover a distance of 44 km and altitude of 3,200 metres on the ascent and another 1,800 on the descent in a 2-day walk. Many snowfields, steep rocks and ice gullies have to be overcome when crossing the main ridge of the Alps. In mid-September, more than 2,000 sheep arrive in Vernagt around midday, where they are welcomed with a shepherds' festival. The following day, 1,500 sheep move over the Hochjoch to Kurzras, where they arrive between 1 and 3 p.m. IMPORTANT: Dates may change.

Sheep Drive
When September
Where Schnals Valley
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Fam. Tappeiner  | Schnals  (Meran and environs)
Farm with organic farming, Livestock
Farm shop: cheese, fresh meat, speck ...
Farm offers: Farm garden tour, Farm tour and produce tasting
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Holiday flat from 110€ a night
Oberauhof flower flower
Fam. Santer  | Schnals  (Meran and environs)
Farm's own products: milk, eggs
Farm offers: Experience everyday life on the farm, Barn visits, Farm tour
Holiday flat from 60€ a night
Moarhof flower flower
Fam. Müller  | Schnals  (Meran and environs)
Farm's own products: milk, eggs
Farm offers: Experience everyday life on the farm, Helping out in the barn, Barn visits ...
Holiday flat from 80€ a night
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