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Hornussen

Hergiswil near Willisau

The team initiating this game beats the Hornuss, called "Nouss" (���Nut���) with sticks as far as possible into the opponents��� field. With a ���shingle��� attached to a long stick, held upright or thrown high, the opposing team has to stop the Nouss (arriving at a speed of 150km/h) as soon as possible, and at the latest before it hits the ground.

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Language:
de

Duration:
1/2 day

Persons:
10 - 50

Cost:
Yes

Season:
Summer

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Hornussen is one of Switzerland���s quirkier national sports. Popular among devotees since the 19th century, especially in the Mittelland region, it remains a mystery even to many Swiss. The game involves two teams and a little black object called the Hornuss (���hornet���) weighing just 78 grams. Members of one team take turns to strike the Hornuss into the field. Each member of the opposing team is equipped with a ���Schindel���, shaped like an oversized baker���s bread-shovel. As the Hornuss buzzes through the air at high speed, the fielders attempt to intercept it with a well-aimed throw of the Schindel. You can have a go at the intriguing game yourself in Hergiswil bei Willisau, where novices are also welcome.

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