Bavarian cows return home for winter

Cows return from summer alpine grazing in Bavaria in a tradition which dates back to the turn of the last century and attracts large crowds.

Decorated with floral crowns and large bells – and treated like celebrities – the cows of the Bavarian Alps know it can only mean they are returning from summer alpine grazing during the annual cattle drive in the Berchtesgaden region, at the south east border of Germany.

Every spring, cattle herders bring thousands of them to mountain meadows, and the cows remain there throughout summer months before being brought back down the valleys to farms in the villages for winter.