A scaled-down version of the well-known Unspunnen Festival in the Bernese Oberland.
For a whole weekend, sports fans of all ages can watch or participate in the "Bernese Games" at the House of Switzerland. Disciplines include "Schwingen" (a type of folk wrestling native to Switzerland), "Steinstossen" (the Swiss version of the stone put) and "Platzgen" (a local form of discus throwing). Fantastic prizes and special activities for children round of the winning programme. On your marks…
Stone put "Steinstossen"
The champions will demonstrate their strength on the Platzger court and then you will lift a lighter stone, trying to guess its weight. Ready to take on the champion? Game on!
Discus throwing "Platzgen"
Join the professionals to find the ideal mix of precision and performance – throwing in a good measure of fun.
Alphorn blowing with "Kapelle Jungfrau"
Let the “Kapelle Jungfrau” show you how to gather enough breath to hold a note – you are up against the clock!
Professional Swiss wrestlers will show you the ropes in a demonstration contest. Then it’s time for you to put on the wrestling breeches - sawdust ensures happy landings!
Cheese Rolling "Käserollen"
You will roll a Swiss cheese mock-up over a carpet course. Do you have the skill and speed to get the cheese to reach its destination?
It is about taking part – but also about winning!
All participants in each of the five Bernese Games win a small prize. To qualify for the big prize draw – for a weeks family holiday in the Bernese Oberland – Jungfrau region – collect the five prizes, put them in the bag provided and sprint over to the Bernese Oberland – Jungfrau information desk on the Swiss Yard to register.
More from the Bernese Oberland - Jungfrau region
As official travel partner of the Bernese Oberland – Jungfrau, SkyWork Airlines will be providing visitors to the House of Switzerland with details of its direct flights between London City Airport and Berne. Live demonstrations by craftsmen from the Brienz School for Wood Sculpture will fascinate visitors. Take a break on the Jungfrau Railway bench. The cogwheel Jungfrau Railway serves the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, Europe’s highest altitude railway station (11,333 ft above sea level) and celebrates its centenary in 2012.
During the Bernese Games, professional English-speaking child minders will entertain your kids with fun Swiss activities, from painting wooden cows to the "Eiger Game".