Knabenschiessen – Zurich Carnival

Customs Zurich Region

The Knabenschiessen is a traditional folk festival (fair, carnival) that takes place every year on the second weekend in September or the weekend before the day of prayer in Zurich at the Albisgüetli shooting range. It was originally launched in 1899, when around 5,000 boys aged between 13 and 17 competed for the coveted title of shooting king. Since 1991, girls have also been allowed to take part, so that all young people who live and/or go to school in the canton of Zurich can take part.

While shooting used to be at the heart of the festival, the focus has shifted in recent years and the knabenschiessen is now accompanied by a colorful Chilbi operation. There is a special attraction on Monday in particular: the Happy Hour, during which visitors can use all Chilbibahnen free of charge for half an hour. In addition to the shooting and the Chilbi, the folk festival offers a wide range of culinary delights as well as numerous market stalls and fairground rides.

The Knabenschiessen is therefore not only a traditional shooting festival, but also the largest annual folk festival in Zurich, which attracts people from Saturday to Monday inclusive. The variety of activities and the colorful hustle and bustle attract visitors from near and far every year and make the festival an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Video Knabenschiessen, Chilbi (funfair), City of Zurich, Switzerland 2019

Knabenschiessen, Chilbi (Kirmes), Stadt Zürich, Schweiz 2019

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