Who's going to the Alp?

Crunch time for candidates

On Sunday 6 August 2017, we completed the application phase for our alpine summer job.

We would like to thank the over 2000 applicants who showed an interest in working hard in the fresh mountain air to learn what it takes to be a Cheese Production Assistant and Dung Shifting Manager.

Our chief recruiter, Hans-Ruedi, is currently holding interviews with the most promising candidates. The lucky winner will begin their two-week stay on an alpine farm on Monday 28 August 2017, and we will provide regular updates about their experiences on our website and on social media.

The place of work

Welcome to Switzerland's foremost alpine farming community

From 28 August to 9 September 2017, our winner will live and work at the Alp Hösel alpine farm. At around 1,500 meters above sea level, the farm looks far down on the picturesque Diemtigtal valley and commands breathtaking views of the characteristic Stockhorn mountain range.

The boss of the alpine farm, Res, will take personal charge of training our intern, whose development goals will include learning how to make cheese and acquiring the professional skills involved in keeping farm animals – which means getting up close to cows, calves and goats.

The Mecca of alpine farming excellence

It was no accident that we chose Diemtigtal as the location. With over 107 farms, where around 8,000 cattle graze on the meadows in summer, it is Switzerland's largest alpine farming community.

8 facts about the Alpine way of life in Switzerland

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Visit to a picturesque alpine farm

A sensational panorama, peace, quiet and nature at 1,500 meters above sea level: The high-level alp occupied by the Murith family in the Fribourg Alps makes an idyllic impression on visitors. Gruyère d’Alpage AOP cheese has been produced here in the traditional way summer after summer for five generations. Discover the Murith family's way of life on the Alp and the secret behind their fine cheese in impressive surroundings.

High-altitude vacation experiences

Rent an alpine hut

Fancy getting back to nature, while enjoying peace, quiet and a slower pace of life in the Swiss mountains? You can now rent one of over 200 alpine huts that are not used by alpine farms from Switzerland Tourism directly. The accommodation available ranges from very simple to very luxurious. But the huts all have one thing in common - you'll get a good night's sleep whichever one you choose.

Book an experience on the Alp

Would you like to produce Alp cheese together with Alpine herdsman Sälmi Töngi? Taking part in an alphorn workshop run by gifted musician and herdsman Werner Erb? Or perhaps you'd prefer to stay in a hayloft on Jakob and Erika's Alp? Experience unique moments on the Alp and book the new leisure offers from Switzerland Tourism here too.


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