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Chästeilet in the Justistal

September 2020

Experience a piece of Swiss tradition above Lake Thun

Each year in September the farmers of the Justistal gather together on the day of the Alpabzug when the cows descend from the summer mountain pastures. In the idyllic valley above Sigriswil, they divide up and distribute the mountain cheese according to a centuries-old custom. Experience this traditional event with music and catering in a genuine alpine atmosphere.

The Chästeilet in the Justistal at a glance

  • Date: September 2020

  • Time: From 10.30 am, early arrival recommended

  • Location: Spycherberg in the Justistal

  • Food/Drink: Local festive catering available

  • The Chästeilet is free of charge to visitors

Centuries-old tradition

Käse wird von Älplern auf Holzbrettern aufgetürmt umgeben von Zuschauern

The Chästeilet event in the Justistal is famous well beyond the borders of the canton and has been held on the Spycherberg for almost 300 years. Over the summer the alpine farmers make cheese from the milk of over 250 cows. The cows themselves belong to the farmers from the municipality of Sigriswil. At the end of the summer the cheese is divided up among the farmers according to a centuries-old ritual known as ‘Chästeilet’. After the ceremony the alpine dairy farmers dressed in traditional costume lead the procession of equally impressively adorned cattle back down to the valley.

 

Celebrate the end of the alpine summer in the Justistal

Älpler Paar vor Kühen während des Alpabzugs durchs Justistal

Together with the farmers and other visitors, you can celebrate the end of the alpine summer with festivities both before and during the traditional ritual. The alpine dwellers are known to spontaneously strike up a yodel song with visitors and you will also have the chance to enjoy impromptu performances of the ‘Schwyzerörgeli’, or Swiss accordion, played by local visitors.

 

Five reasons why you shuold attend the Chästeilet in the Justistal

  • Experience Swiss tradition at first hand

  • Witness this centuries-old custom

  • Authentic traditional atmosphere

  • Local festive catering

  • Spontaneous musical turns

Personal tip

“My particular highlight is, after the Chästeilet, to walk behind the beautifully decorated cows from the valley to Sigriswil.”

Your accommodation on Lake Thun – for a traditional stay

Combine your visit to the Chästeilet with an overnight stay in the Holiday Region Interlaken to fully enjoy the old custom.

Details Chästeilet Justistal 2020 will follow

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