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Photo: Michele Murena


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Älplerchilbi – a harvest thanksgiving festival with customs, traditions and conviviality. An event that's celebrated annually in Nidwalden.


They are most prevalent in the two half-cantons Obwalden and Nidwalden, where they are known as älplerchilbis, or alpine fairs. Here, the unmistakably local flavour of the fairs shines through in the sketches performed on the main square, which play on local events or poke fun at well-known local people. Many alpine and herdsmen's fairs in Central Switzerland are run by clubs and associations, which have arisen from fellowships that can chart centuries of history.

Alpine festivals and alpine cattle descents in Nidwalden, Dates 2019

Sat, 21.09.2019

Alpine cattle descent Emmetten, 10.00 a.m. until 06.00 p.m., village centre Emmetten
Market, traditional swiss music, regional specialities.
First descents from 11.00 a.m.

Sat, 21.09.2019

Alpine cattle descent Ennetbürgen, 11.00 a.m. until 05.00 p.m.
Descents from 12.30 p.m., market, regional specialities

Sat, 28.09.2019

Market with alpine cow procession, 10.00 a.m. at Viktoriagärtli

Sun, 29.09.19

Bergchilbi, Wirzweli

Sun, 13.10.2019

Älplerchilbi Ennetbürgen, all 2 years (2019, 2021,...)

Sun, 20.10.2019

Älperchilbi Stans, with parade

Sun, 27.10.2019

Älplerchilbi Wolfenschiessen

Sun, 27.10.2019

Älplerchilbi Buochs
Church Buochs, village centre and Breitlihalle Buochs from 09.00 a.m. - 08.00 p.m.

Mon, 28.10.2019

Älplerchilbi Dallenwil, all 2 years (2019, 2021,...)

Sun, 10.11.2019

Älplerchilbi Beckenried, 2.30 p. m., village square Beckenried