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Älplerchilbi 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



Alpine cattle drive in Nidwalden

Alpine cattle drive Emmetten

25.09.21 Market & Alpine cattle drive
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Alpine cattle drive Wolfenschiessen

Alp Rankhof (unterhalb Restaurant Untertrübsee) - Wolfenschiessen - Dallenwil - Oberdorf - Buochs

Alpine cattle drive Dallenwil

25.09.21 Waldmattli (Wiesenberg - Ennetbürgen)

  • between 10.00 - 11.00: in Dallenwil
  • between 12.00 - 13.00: in Ennetbürgen
Alpine cattle drive Ennetbürgen

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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.

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.

Älperchilbi in Nidwalden

POSTPONED: Sun, 3 October 2021

Älplerchilbi Ennetbürgen
Älplertanz 2022 : Sat, 22 January 2022 in the MZA
Älplerchibi 2022 : Sun, 09 October 2022
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cANCELLED: Sun, 10 October 2021

Älplerchilbi Emmetten (every 2 years)

CANCELLED: Sun, 17 October 2021

Älperchilbi Stans
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Sun, 24 October 2021

Älplerchilbi Buochs

Älperchilbi Wolfenschiessen
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Mon, 25 October 2021

Älplerchilbi Dallenwil (every 2 years)

Sun, 14 November 2021

Älplerchilbi Beckenried

Sun, 16 - Mon, 17 October 2022

Älplerchilbi Hergiswil (every 2 years)
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