Holidays 2022

The Almabtrieb Festival - Cows Come Down

Wednesday 7th September 2022 | 8 Days

The Almabtrieb Festival - Cows Come Down

Tour Price:
£799.00 per person

Your Holiday Centre

Lermoos lies on one of the old trade routes through Europe it has historically had much in common with its German neighbours to the north and was recently described as one of the most economically booming areas of western Austria.

Lermoos is situated in a bowl with The slightly elevated position of the village giving spectacular views across to the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. The village is located around three main streets along the main roads to Reutte, the Fern pass and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Much of the through traffic has however been diverted into a tunnel built underneath the ski mountain.

Lermoos may be a relatively small village but it has a surprisingly wide range of hotel and other accommodation. The village combines tradition with modern spirit and offers a wide range of activities, Young and old feel like home in Lermoos and return every year.

It is most popular for its skiing and snowboarding in the winter and is very popular resort in the Zugspitze Arena. The village is set on a beautiful location looking towards the Zugspitze and the Sonnenspitze.

Tour Inclusions

  • All coach travel & ferries
  • 5 nights half board (Main hotel)
  • 2 nights half board (Overnight hotels)
  • Porterage (Main hotel - in & out)
  • City Tax
  • Entrance to Linderhof Palace
  • Entrance to Ski Jump
  • Excursions
  • 1 nights entertainment
  • Courier escorted

Special Notes

  • The currency you will need for this tour is the Euro.
  • A valid passport.
  • Insurance.
  • To ring back to England, you dial: +44 then minus the 0 from your code, followed by your number.
  • There is no tea or coffee making facilities in the hotel rooms (Best bring your own).
  • European 2 pin adapter plugs will be needed.
  • Please inform us of any special dietary needs (diabetic, gluten free, vegetarian, etc).
  • Special requests are put forward to the hotel, and they will do their utmost to accommodate your needs.
  • Overnight bags can be taken.
  • Itinerary could be subject to change.
  • Exchange Rate: The price is NOT guaranteed against any alterations as a result of currency fluctuations. We have done our best to calculate in advance.

Tour Price

Price Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £46.00 (1st 4 rooms)

Single Room Supplement: £85.00 (5th - 8th room)

(Double/twin for sole use)

Your Accommodation

Main Hotel

Hotel Edelweiss

Danielstrasse 7, A-6631 Lermoos, Tiroler Zugspitzarena, Austria
Tel: +43 (0) 56732214

The 4 star Hotel Edelweiss, the 'most beautiful flower of the Alps', is run by the Gerber family. The guest's which should feel at home, is still their top priority. Surrounded by the Tyrolean Mountains and the Zugspitzarena amidst unspoiled nature, this comfortable 4 star hotel promises a holiday as you would want it to be.

The ambiance of the lovingly furnished, wood-panelled lounges and dining rooms, such as the cosy fireplace, is just one of the many rooms. Twice a week the Hotel Edelweiss also offers an entertainment program with music and dance.

The 140 rooms are very well furnished, very clean, they are also very spacious. All rooms are equipped with a TV, a radio a safe, and a hairdryer.

There is a dining room and bar. A rich breakfast buffet and dinner provide daily culinary delights.

The Wellness centre offers relaxation and healthy bathing in the indoor pool, sun terrace, Jacuzzi. Guests can choose from a wide range of indoor sports, including a gym, table tennis, billiards and squash. There are various treatments in the wellness area, including a sauna, a steam bath, a beauty salon and massage treatments, as well as a solarium for an additional fee.

Outward Hotel

Hotel Koln Bruhl

Romerstrass 1, 50321 Bruhl, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 2232 2040

Return Hotel

H+ Hotel Koln Hurth

Kreuzstra├če, Theresienhohe 99, 50354 Hurth, Germany
Tel: +49 2233 94400

The Almabtrieb Festival - Cows Come Down
The Almabtrieb Festival - Cows Come Down

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Local Area

After boarding your luxury coach, we make your way down to Dover and your early morning ferry. After arriving in Calais, we continue our journey trough France, Belgium with stops en route, then crossing the border into Germany. Arriving in Bruhl at the Hotel, early evening, where we shall spend our first night with dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 2: Arrive at Lermoos Austria

After breakfast, we depart for Austria. Traveling through Germany, with stops en route. We arrive at our Hotel Edelweiss in Lermoos late afternoon. Here we will spend the next 5 nights with dinner, bed and buffet breakfast.

Day 3: Day at Leisure

After our journey to Austria you have a free day to do whatever you wish. Relax, use the facilities in the hotel or explore the town and surrounding area of Lermoos. Maybe take the local bus to Obermoos and the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn and get the cable car to the summit of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain that straddles the border between both Germany and Austria. On a clear day it's like being at the top of the world. Return to Obermoos by the cable car and back to the hotel by bus. (Cost approx 62 Euros).

Day 4: Parade of Cows

The Almabtrieb or homecoming of the cows from the Alpine pastures where they spend the summer is a celebration in Tyrolean villages. The farmers are so thankful when their herds return unharmed, that they want to give thanks and celebrate the occasion. Thus a tradition started where the animals are adorned with beautiful headdresses, wreaths and flower arrangements. The bells and headdresses can weigh up to 20kg. There are stalls with food and drink, music, and things to buy. A good time is had by everyone.

Day 5: Innsbruck

Departing after breakfast we head for Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol. First we visit the Olympic Ski Jump, towering high above Innsbruck on the wooded Berg Isel Hill (Included). There is a vanicular that takes you to the top where you will be able to see what the skiers see. There is also a cafe on top. We then go into Innsbruck; full of historical old world charm. The Royal Palace of Empress Maria Theresa, the Golden Roof, Cathedral and lots more. Time to explore before returning back to the hotel.

Day 6: Linderhof Palace

This morning we head back into Bavaria. This is like stepping into the pages of a Bavarian story book as you venture to the beautiful Linderhof Palace. Discover the magic of the Royal Estate, dreamed up by the reclusive King Ludwig II. Linderhof Palace is a spectacular Rococo estate set amid manicured formal gardens and fountains. Inspired by Versailles, this gem-like castle features its own Hall of Mirrors.

Day 7: Austria to Germany

After breakfast and all cases have been loaded on to the coach we start our journey back to Germany. We travel back through Germany with comfort stops en route to our overnight hotel at the Bruhl Hotel, for our last overnight stay with half board.

Day 8: Depart for Home

After breakfast and our overnight bags have been loaded on the coach, we leave the Hotel and depart for Calais. There will be comfort stops along the way. Arriving at Calais for our afternoon ferry crossing to Dover. Arriving back in our local area, mid to late evening.

The tour manager and driver will do their professional best to ensure that you enjoy this tour. It will be at their discretion to rearrange the itinerary to better the tour for your comfort.