"Viehscheid" – an old tradition
Photo: TG Hörnerdörfer
It is mid-September and the Allgäu villages are ready. The Allgäu’s oldest and biggest cattle drives take place in Fischen, Obermaiselstein, Bolsterlang, Ofterschwang and Balderschwang.
The “Viehscheid” in Obermaiselstein is particularly impressive. About 1400 elaborately decorated animals are gathered on the village square and driven through a funnel one at a time to be returned to their rightful owner.
This is where the term “Viehscheid” derives from. The German word “Vieh” refers to cattle. Native Germans might believe that the second part of the word refers to a farewell (“Abschied”), but it actually references the dissolving of the herd and the return to their owner. The day is not just celebrated by locals. Tourists from all over the country come here to witness the traditional event that is accompanied by festivities and live music.