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Tyrolean grey cattle

Tyrolean tradition at Ötztal

Since 100 years cows of this traditional breed stay on the farm of Family Prantl. At the beginning, grandfather Jakob Prantl senior also had Haflinger horses, pigs and goats. The horses were used for the transportation in the valley. The breed Tyrolean grey cattle is an old Austrian breed and they are used to live in the mountains. 

Two men standing next to a well-protected cow
The Prantl family makes the flower arrangements for the cows themselves.

From the valley up to the pasture

Every year at the beginning of June, the cattle hikes up from the farm in Zwieselstein into their “summer holidays” on the mountains. The whole summer, the cattle stay on the mountains. Also the very small ones can stay with the mother cows on the green fields of Timmelstal. If you go along the Timmelsjoch-road to Italy, you can see our cows along the road.

In September, when the summer is over, the animals come back down to the valley. In hard and lovely workings, Family Prantl organizes this special day. If no animal perished during the summer, the animals get decorated festively.

The family hiking with the protected cows back to the alpine pasture
When all the cows survive the summer there is a feast

Festival in Zwieselstein

The ceremonial driving down of cattle down from the mountain pasture info the valley is celebrated also in the valley. At Hotel Post in Zwieselstein there is a festival with live music and local food.

Notice: On this special day, the mountain pasture Gampe Thaya is closed.

Watch this special event in Sölden – Family Prantl and all the other farmers are looking forward to your visit in Zwieselstein.  Send us an online enquiry for your holiday at the alps.