Cows of Switzerland – Part 3

Swiss cows are essential part of Swiss culture and landscape – so important, it is hard to imagine Switzerland without its cows. Did you know more than 700.000 cows live in Switzerland? Here are some of those amazing animals I’ve had a pleasure to meet on my trips around Switzerland accompanied with some interesting facts about them:

Bannalp

  • The most common cow breeds in Switzerland are Simmental cattle, Brown Swiss cattle, Holstein cattle and Eringer cattle.

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Cows of Switzerland – Part 2

Every summer, Swiss farmers take their cattle up to the mountains where they spend the summer grazing on the vast mountain pastures in fresh mountain air and eating a summer diet of nutrient-rich grasses. This old tradition survived to this days in many alpine parts of Switzerland. If you found yourself in those areas during the summer months, it is highly likely a cow or herd of cows will cross your path. Here are some of the those I’ve meet during my trips to the Swiss Alps:

Brienzer Rothorn

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Hiking to Bannalp

Previous weekend we were blessed with sunny summer weather – a perfect weather for trip to the mountains. My husband and I decided to explore the area we haven’t yet visited – the Bannalp.

Lake Bannalp (Bannalpsee) at Bannalp

The Bannalp is a hidden gem of the Central Switzerland. It is situated in the Engelberg Valley, high above the villages Oberrickenbach and Wolfenschiessen. It can be reached by foot or by public transport – via two cable cars from Fell: Fell-Chrüzhütte and Fellboden-Bannalpsee. Because my husband and I were up for a challenge, we decided to hike from Oberrickenbach – Fell all the way up to Bannalpsee. Continue reading