Six of the weirdest Swiss sporting traditions
The Swiss have a reputation for enjoying - and being good at - ice hockey, skiing and tennis. What you might not know is that Switzerland is also home to a host of lesser-known sports. The Local takes a look at some of the more unusual ones:
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Don’t be fooled by the vaguely familiar-looking apparatus. It has absolutely nothing to do with cricket, hockey or golf. Regarded as one of the quirkiest of Swiss sports, HORNUSSEN involves beating a puck or a “nouss” (nut) with a stick. It gets its name from the Swiss-German word “hornus” (hornet) because of the buzzing sound that the puck makes when it flies through the air at up to 300 km/h. The game is believed to have originated in the consistory of Lauperswil in the canton of Bern.