Local History

Cattle Descent Brigels/Breil, 8 September 2018. Photo: TES.

The annual cattle descent in Grisons

The annual cattle descent (Alpabzug) is a festival worth visiting. After enjoying the alpine pastures for the summer, the cows are driven back into the valley in September, often along a steep and centuries-old path, such as the Scala Mola alpine path built in 1645 into the rock of the Filmstein. The farmers and cows in Graubünden are the heroes of the day when they arrive in their villages. (Source: J. Mathieu, Die Alpen. Raum, Kultur, Geschichte, Stuttgart 2015).