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 drives Nidwalden

The alpine cattle drives usually take place in the second half of September. As soon as the dates are known, you will find them here.

Älplerchilbi in Nidwalden

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.


Sun, 9 October 2022

Älplerchilbi Ennetbürgen
Älplertanz: Sat, 22 January 2022 in the MZA
Älplerchibi: Sun, 9 October 2022

Sun, 16 - Mon, 17 October 2022

Älplerchilbi Hergiswil (every 2 years)

Sun, 23 October 2022

Älplerchilbi Buochs

Sun & Mon, 23 - 24 October 2022

Älplerchilbi Wolfenschiessen

October 2022

Älperchilbi Stans


Älplerchilbi Beckenried


Älplerchilbi Dallenwil (every 2 years)


Älplerchilbi Emmetten (every 2 years)