Festivals are special landmarks in the varied cultural scene in Bavaria and attract visitors from all parts of the world every year.
The summer spent by the cattle in the mountains traditionally closes with the 'Almabtrieb', or 'Viehscheid' as it is called in the Allgäu region. After around a hundred days grazing on the Alpine meadows, the yearlings are brought back down into the valleys in September.
For its bicentennial celebration in August, 1.3 million visitors from all over the world are expected. The Festival includes a Worldclass Fair and 100 attractions, as well as 26,000 beer-tent seats and Bavaria’s largest consumer exhibition.
The colorful processions are in honor of the holy horse and livestock patron Saint Leonhard and they are highlights of centuries-old Bavarian farming traditions.