• Date

    28. September 2024


"Désalpe" is the best-known of all traditional mountain festivities.

After more than four months of grazing in alpine pastures, cows make their way down to the plain. Charmey's crowning event of the year, has acquired international renown. Those who love traditions and authenticity find that this celebration, every fourth Saturday in September, is a must. In a joyful clanging of bells, in the profusion of colours of their flowered headdresses, the herd returns to the plain. This "Rindyà" (descent from the mountain pastures in patois) is the reflection of mountain traditions and guarantees their continuance. The sale of cheeses made in the mountains, much appreciated by connoisseurs, runs parallel with the stands of almost 40 craftsmen and women. As for the musical side of the day, the Alpine horn, flag throwers, country orchestras and brass bands give the Désalpe the lustre it deserves.


Market with local produce and craftsmen's from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm

Farm animals with horse rides for children

Folk music

Concert in the canteen in the evening until midnight

Food and drink:

Several food and drink stands offer regional specialities. A large covered canteen is set up in the schoolyard.

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Contact address
Office du Tourisme de Charmey
1637 Charmey
+41 26 919 85 00
Location Office du Tourisme de Charmey
Les Charrières 1
1637 Charmey (Gruyère)
Event Homepage https://fribourg.ch/en/la-gruyere/events/desalpe/
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  • 28 September 2024

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