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Here's why you should travel to the home of the hand mower championships (yes, really)


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The European Championship in hand mowing (or grass cutting) is back for 2017, taking place in Ingenbohl-Brunnen, Switzerland from the 18th to 20th August.

Competitors from across the continent will travel to Switzerland to take place in what has been described as ‘an event of culture and history’.

And yes, you're reading this correctly - competitive grass cutting really is a thing.

Individuals are tasked with cutting patches of grass by hand, with the winner having the fastest time and cleanest shave. Hand cutting is completed using a scythe to ensure the neatest cut possible.


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However, Ingenbohl-Brunnen is not - obviously - only known for grass competitions.

Located in the Schwessz Valley, between Fronalpstock and Rigi Hochfluh, the town plays host to a multitude of watersports, chapels and outdoor performances, making full use of its position on the side of the picturesque Lake Lucerne.


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Highlights include the village chapel, which was constructed in 1632, Wyler Bridge, a historic bridge built in 1555, with its current incarnation dating from 1716, and Wylen draw fountain, a beautiful stone structure with origins dating back at least 700 years.

History isn’t the only delight of the area. Cyclists flock to the town and its surrounding borough every year to take advantage of wonderful views, bright sunshine and friendly locals, with cycle rents from £15 a day.

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