Rick Steves’ Europe, Gimmelwald, Switzerland, Get high on cow tradition with summer stay in Alps
TRAVEL STEVES SWITZERLAND — In the Alps, you will share the trail with cows. Picture credit Rick Steves / Tribune Media Services Rick Steves
Walking high above Gimmelwald, the best Swiss village, with Olle, whom teaches farm young ones in the village college, i usually feel a student that is wide-eyed.
We meet a cow that is massive atop a fairytale ridge, and Olle tells me that even cows become victims of this hills, occasionally wandering off cliffs.
“Alpine farmers expect you’ll lose a number of their cows in ‘hiking accidents,’ ” he states. “today cows are double the extra weight of cows one hundred years ago . with no less stupid. The others follow if one wanders off a cliff in search of greener grass. One time during the high Alp above our village, 40 cows performed this stunt. They passed away like lemmings. The meat needs to be drained of bl dstream straight away or it is wasted. Helicopters fly them out, but it’s just meat for the dogs.”
The Alps become a lively world of tumbling cows, cut-glass peaks and fragrant meadows trimmed by a pastel carpet of flowers gold clover, milk kraut, daisies and bell flowers with a local friend leading the way
” This is a mix that is g d the cow’s milk,” Olle notes, instantly all but abandoning me for the plants. ” For me personally, when the flowers come out again in the springtime, it’s like meeting old buddies.”