Sheep market

Guggisberg / Riffenmatt

Zimmerwald: Miawara

Zimmerwald: Miawara

Schwefelbergbad: Langlauf-Zentrum Gantrisch Schutzhütte Süd

Schwefelbergbad: Langlauf-Zentrum Gantrisch Schutzhütte Süd

Schwefelbergbad: Langlauf-Zentrum Gantrisch Schutzhütte

Schwefelbergbad: Langlauf-Zentrum Gantrisch Schutzhütte

Gantrisch: Schutzhütte

Gantrisch: Schutzhütte

Schwarzenburg: Fuhrencam

Schwarzenburg: Fuhrencam

Schwarzenburg

Schwarzenburg

Rüeggisberg: Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau

Rüeggisberg: Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau

Seftigen: Gürbetal

Seftigen: Gürbetal

Toffen: Direction Belp

Toffen: Direction Belp

Toffen: Uecht

Toffen: Uecht

Bad-Schwarzsee: Schwarzsee - Stalden

Bad-Schwarzsee: Schwarzsee - Stalden

Bad-Schwarzsee: Kaiseregg im Schwarzsee

Bad-Schwarzsee: Kaiseregg im Schwarzsee

Bad-Schwarzsee: Schwarzsee im Kanton

Bad-Schwarzsee: Schwarzsee im Kanton

Bad-Schwarzsee: Hostellerie am Schwarzsee

Bad-Schwarzsee: Hostellerie am Schwarzsee

Eywald: Skilift Rüschegg

Eywald: Skilift Rüschegg

Eywald: SchneeSelital

Eywald: SchneeSelital

Guggisberg: Guggisbergerland Richtung Plaffeien - Freiburg - Jura

Guggisberg: Guggisbergerland Richtung Plaffeien - Freiburg - Jura

Gurnigel: Skilifte Gantrisch

Gurnigel: Skilifte Gantrisch

Gurnigelbad: Berghaus Gurnigel - Gantrisch

Gurnigelbad: Berghaus Gurnigel - Gantrisch

Gurnigel: Gurnigel Berghaus

Gurnigel: Gurnigel Berghaus

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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