Flag Throwing

Switzerland

Flag twirling is one of the oldest national sports of Switzerland. Like wrestling or yodeling, this art is presented primarily at traditional festivals.

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As if there was nothing easier in the world, the flag throwers whirl their fluttering flags through the air while radiating an admirable calmness and serenity. But the apparent effortlessness comes only after an intensive training: any hasty little movements destroy the art. It is indeed an art to master 99 different kinds of flag twirling as skillfully with the left as with the right hand: from body turns to flat tossing to high tossing. Flag throwing, usually accompanied by traditional alphorn blowing, is part of the customs displayed at folk festivals.

It is also one of Switzerland’s oldest national sports. At yodeling or wrestling festivals the candidates compete in three-minute “battle exercises”. If you want to try your hand at tossing a flag high, take part in a course, for example, in Entlebuch, on Klewenalp or in the Emmental Valley.

Tip 1

Flag throwing in Brunnen
Brunnen Tourismus organises countless concerts, town walks, folklore shows and interesting events. The events and guided tours are free of charge.
Please notice for further information the weekly programme as from beginning of June!

Tip 2

Flag throwing at the Entlebuch Biosphere
Come and show your true colours as you wave your flag through the air. A flag waving lesson is held at the Entlebuch Biosphere once each summer. Private lessons can be booked throughout the summer.

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