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Hornussen catching.jpg
Stopping the hornuss in flight
Country or region Switzerland
Olympic No
Paralympic No
Hitting the hornuss
Hitting the hornuss
The hornuss on the bock
The hornuss on the bock
A schindel (shingle)
A schindel (shingle)

Hornussen is an indigenous Swiss sport. The sport gets its name from the puck which is known as a "Hornuss" (hornet) or "Nouss". When hit, it can whizz through the air at up to 300 km/h (186.4 mph) and create a buzzing sound.[1][2]

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Hornussen is a Swiss traditional sport. You need four things to play it: a stick, a "hornuss", a "traf" and a paddle. It dates back to the times of Jeremias Gotthelf. Red Bull Hornussen is all about the strokes. It is different from the usual Hornussen game. We have invited the best 32 Hornussen players in Switzerland. It's obviously difficult to play at night because of the difference in the environment. Hornussen players are not used to that but I'm sure we will be able to see enough because the Red Bull Hornuss is green and shines brightly. I think we will pull it off. It's great of course. Amazing. It is an incredible feeling to be able to win that way. I did have some troubles. I am used to seeing the traf on the stick but at night this is extremely difficult so I had to rely more on my intuition. But everything went well.


The sport probably developed in the seventeenth century. The earliest reference to Hornuss is found in the records of 1625 of the consistory of Lauperswil, canton Bern, in a complaint about the breaking of the Sabbath. Two men were fined the sum of 20 francs for playing Hornussen on Sunday. In the 19th century this amateur sport was very popular in the Emmental and in Entlebuch.

In 1902, the federal Hornussen association was founded, which organises a competition every three years. In 1988, there were 232 clubs in the association, with around 6,900 members. During the season inter-association and inter-cantonal events are held, as well as group and elite events.

In 2012, the international Hornussen association was founded, which helps promote the sport in countries throughout the world. Since its founding, more than 20 clubs have been founded in the United States.


  1. ^ "Hornussen - Where the Nouss flies from the ramp and into the playing field".
  2. ^ "Hornussen - Living traditions".
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