Baa, baa … Can you spot the black sheep?

Annual sheep drive

Have you heard of an ancient tradition that dates back 600 years and involves sheep and shepherds? Keep on reading! 

We know … During the holidays you all want to sleep late and be woken up by the kiss of the sun’s warm rays. And yet, sometimes waking up early can be worth it. Especially if you want to witness a real spectacle. We are talking about the traditional sheep drive that takes place every year in June. At 6 a.m., around 2,200 sheep and 400 goats will leave Vernagt (1,700m above sea level) in South Tyrol and migrate to their summer homes in the Ötztal valley. During the so-called transhumance, the shepherds lead the flocks across two mountain passes and cover more than 40km. This UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage is widely celebrated in the Austrian Alps. Don’t worry … you don’t have to wake up at 6 a.m.! But if you want to admire this show close up, you’ll have to do some hiking and reach the Martin-Busch hut, amidst beautiful mountain pastures.

Back at the hotel, you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, maybe a nice massage, and get ready for a delicious dinner

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