Sheep market

Guggisberg / Riffenmatt

Miawara

Miawara

Schwarzenburg, Fuhrencam

Schwarzenburg, Fuhrencam

Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau

Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau

Seftigen / Gürbetal

Seftigen / Gürbetal

Uecht

Uecht

Direction Belp

Direction Belp

Hostellerie am Schwarzsee

Hostellerie am Schwarzsee

Kaiseregg im Schwarzsee / Freiburg

Kaiseregg im Schwarzsee / Freiburg

Schwarzsee - Stalden

Schwarzsee - Stalden

Schwarzsee im Kanton Freiburg

Schwarzsee im Kanton Freiburg

SchneeSelital

SchneeSelital

Skilifte Gantrisch

Skilifte Gantrisch

Est

Est

Berghaus Gurnigel / Gantrisch

Berghaus Gurnigel / Gantrisch

Always on the first Thursday in September. Even nowadays, in the morning, before the real business of the market begins, the sheep coming down from the mountains are still "divided", i.e. assigned to their owners. For many locals, homesick locals and visitors, however, the day really begins when the market and the music get going.

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Hundreds of bleating sheep jostle through the narrow alleys of the hamlet of Riffenmatt near Guggisberg like a slow-moving avalanche. This marks the approach of autumn: each year, on the first Thursday in September, the region’s traditional Schafscheid (“sheep-sorting”) takes place here. The flocks have spent the summer on the pastures, with shepherd and sheepdog; now they are to return to their various owners. The sorting method has barely changed for centuries. The farmers corral the sheep into a big pen, look under the fleece of each one for an identifying mark, and separate them into the small pens arranged all around. After the colourful event, a market and fair draw crowds from far and wide.

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