Älperchilbi alpine fair and Alpine cattle drive in Nidwalden

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Photo: Michele Murena


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Photo: Stans Tourism




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Photo: Michele Murena




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Photo: Michele Murena



Älperchilbi in Nidwalden

Älperchilbi – 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.

Annual highlight

One major event is the älplerchilbi in Nidwalden's cantonal capital, Stans. This traditionally takes place on a Sunday in October and involves several alpine communities coming together and celebrating harvest thanksgiving together with the local population. In addition to a procession through the village, followed by amusing sketches and the provision of food and drink throughout the day, entertainment is provided in the evening.


Sat, 23 September 2023

Alpabfahrt Ennetbürgen

Sat, 23 September 2023

Village market with Alpabzug Emmetten

Sun, 15 October 2023

Älperchilbi Stans

Sun, 22 October 2023

Älplerchilbi Buochs

Sun & Mon, 22 - 23 October 2023

Älplerchilbi Wolfenschiessen

Mon, 23 October 2023

Älplerchilbi Dallenwil (every 2 years)

Sun, 12 November 2023

Älplerchilbi Beckenried

Sun, 25 August 2024

100-year-anniversary-Älplerchilbi Maria Rickenbach 

Sun, 6 October 2024

Älplerchilbi Ennetbürgen (every 2 years)

Sun, 13 October 2024

150-year-anniversary-Älplerchilbi Emmetten (every 2 years)

Sun, 20 October 2024

Älplerchilbi Hergiswil (every 2 years)