Unspunnenfest is a festival held in the town of Interlaken, Switzerland, near the old ruin of Unspunnen Castle, in the Bernese Alps, approximately once every ten years. Interlaken is a municipality in the district of Interlaken in the canton of Bern in Switzerland, a well-known tourist destination Switzerland (English pronunciation; Schweiz Swiss German: Schwyz or Schwiiz Suisse Svizzera Svizra officially the Swiss Confederation The Bernese Alps are a group of Mountain ranges in the western part of the Alps, in Switzerland. The festival highlights traditional Swiss culture and features competitions of Steinstossen (stone throwing), Schwingen (wrestling) and yodeling. Strong regionalism in Switzerland makes it difficult to speak of a homogeneous Swiss culture Steinstossen is the Swiss variant of Stone put, a competition in throwing a heavy stone Swiss wrestling ( German de Schwingen, colloquially gsw Hoselupf) is the Swiss variant of Folk wrestling. Yodeling (or yodelling, jodeling) is a form of Singing that involves singing an extended note which rapidly and repeatedly changes in pitch from the
The history of the festival dates back to the 13th century, in the meadows of Unspunnen Castle, with efforts to defuse tensions between city and rural denizens, as well as government and citizens.
The first official festival was held in 1805 in a similar effort: The people of the Bernese Oberland had formed a separate canton in the Helvetic Republic, leading the Mayor of Bern, Niklaus Friedrich von Mülinen and Interlaken's chief magistrate, Franz Ludwig Thormann (and others) to organize this festival in an effort to bring both sides together. The Bernese Oberland (Bernese highlands is the higher part of the Canton of Bern, Switzerland, in the south of the canton The area around Lake Thun and The 26 cantons of Switzerland are the states of the Federal state of Switzerland. In Swiss history, the Helvetic Republic ( 1798 &ndash 1803) represented an early attempt to impose a central authority over Switzerland, The city of Berne or Bern (, Berne, Berna, Romansh: Berna, Bernese German: Bärn) is the Bundesstadt ( Federal A magistrate is a judicial officer In Common law systems a magistrate usually has limited authority to administer and enforce the Law. It was, unfortunately, not very successful in that regard. Culturally and financially, however, the first two festivals were a great success. The Swiss Heritage Society and the Swiss Traditional Costume Association owe their origins to the Unspunnen Festival. The Swiss Heritage Society (SHS is a Non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of Switzerland’s architectural heritage
However, it wasn't until 1946 that the festival, then known as the Swiss Traditional Costume and Cowherd's Festival, was held at regular intervals. After 1946, the Unspunnen Festival was staged at regular intervals: 1955, 1968, 1981 and 1993.
The latest Unspunnenfest was held in September 2006. It was originally to have been held one year earlier, but excessive flooding caused the postponement of the festival. Additionally, the Unspunnenstein (the 167-lb / 80 kg stone that is the festival's centerpiece and the object of the stone-throwing competition) was stolen by Swiss-French separatists from the canton of Jura. The Unspunnen Stone (Unspunnenstein has been a symbol of the Unspunnenfest since 1805. The Republic and Canton of the Jura (République et Canton du Jura also known as the Canton of Jura or Canton Jura, is one of the Cantons of Switzerland The same separatist group had previously stolen the stone in 1984 (it was not recovered until 2000). The organizers had been planning to use a replica for the competition.