Dog “Lotti” wears a traditional Bavarian “Dirndl” dress in Straubing, southern Germany. Animal fashion designer Hildegard Bergbauer designs dog outfits in “Lederhosen” (leather trousers) and “Dirndl” (Heidi-dress) style.
Herders dressed in traditional lederhosen lead cattle returning from summer alpine grazing during the annual cattle drive in the Allgaeu region in Bad Hindelang, Germany. Every year cattle herders bring the animals to Bavarian mountain meadows in the spring and remain their through the summer before bringing them back to farms in the villages below for the winter. The herders spend the summer living in a mountain hut called an Alm, often without electricity in a tradition going back centuries. This year brought an unusually high number of cattle fatalities during the summer, which farmers attribute to poisoning from natural causes. In the last few months there have also been several cases of fatal attacks by cattle against hikers, also an unusual occurrence.
A Bavarian visitor in lederhosen takes part in Hau den Lukas, a funfair attraction, at the Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest runs until October 6 and is the world’s largest beer festival.