In Döbriach at Lake Millstatt, spring slowly transitions into early summer at the end of April. The barn swallows return back home from their long journey from the south. The last April showers fall - and nature blossoms in the fine Mediterranean climate of Carinthia, unfolds and shows its boldest and most beautiful colours. During this time, the cows in our open-air barn at the Familiengut Burgstaller start to get restless. They instinctively feel, that the time has come for their hike to the alpine pasture.
It is a centuries-old tradition that we continue here at the Familiengut Burgstaller. In the valley, the brass band starts to play, for the dance into the first of May. Then the whole family helps to drive the cows and cattle to our alpine pasture ceremoniously. This beautiful location is the summer residence of our field animals, their home for the next days, weeks and months. Here up above, they can breathe in the good, strong mountain air, roam freely, comb every inch of the nutritious alpine herbs and enjoy the peace and quiet that can only be found on the mountain.