Now the purple gentian and fringed gentians are in flower. In higher places you can find the great yellow gentian (Gentiana lutea) and the common monkshood. Almost every day swallows can be seen on their way southwards. They spend an hour in the village chasing gnats and then fly over the Petersgrat. Because most meadows have been mown the marmots can be seen easily. In the Blumental there is a particularly good place where they can be spotted.
There are many marmots in a small area because it is forbidden to hunt near houses or the cableway. The best time to see them is early in the morning. If you have time you can watch them collecting hay and in just a few weeks they will close their holes and spend the winter asleep on this hay. Every September some men suffer from an incurable illness - hunting fever. With dog and gun they hunt the chamois and ibex. The chamois often end up in the various mountain restaurants. Every year about 20 chamois are marinated and land in the pot at the Spielboden. If you haven't yet tried this game speciality I would highly recommend it. Around the Day of Prayer and Repentance (about 20th September) the mountain summer usually comes to an end. The cattle can no longer find enough food and a sudden change in the weather forces the farmer to bring them down from the alp. Each family now receives its cheese.
All over the village whole wagon loads of mountain cheese can be seen disappearing into the old cheese lofts. Every farmer sells his cheese himself, but first he has to tend and salt it over a long period. I prefer the two-year old mountain cheese, which is rock-hard and suitable for slicing wafer-thin.
Sheep on their way down to the valley