Axalp Fliegerschiessen is without a doubt one of the most aspiring airshows in the world. And it is not even an airshow! Axalp Fliegerschiessen is a demo event where the Swiss Air Force show their target practice skills by firing live ammunition with their board cannons on ground targets. Combined with the amazing alpine environment, and some serious workout needed to get there, Axalp has all the ingredients for an experience never to forget. I made this guide to give you information about the Axalp 2023 Airshow and to share hints and tips that have proven useful to me over the years. If you plan to visit Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2023, make sure to read this Axalp guide from A to Z.


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Getting to Axalp
The official Spots

Getting to the official Axalp spots at Tschingel and KP Ebenflüh.


Alternative spots
at Axalp

An overview of all the alternative spots at Axalp such as Faulhorn and Wildgärst.


Preparation & Photography at Axalp

Getting to the official Axalp spots at Tschingel and KP Ebenflüh.


Travelling to Axalp

How to get to and where to stay in Axalp and the Haslital region


TLDR The Axalp Guide Summary

If you can’t be bothered with the entire story.

Practical information about Axalp 2022 and 2023

When was Axalp 2022?

Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2022 was on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October. Up until 2019 the Swiss Air Force scheduled the Axalp air power demonstration in the second week of October. But since 2021 the event was moved to one week later. The days for Axalp 2022 were as follows:

Axalp ’22 Show Dates

Tuesday 18 October 2022
Axalp Fliegerschiessen Training Day

Wednesday 19 October 2022
Axalp Fliegerschiessen Official Day

Thursday 20 October 2022
Axalp Fliegerschiessen Official Day

When is Axalp 2023?

The Swiss Air Force has confirmed that Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2023 will take place again in the third week of October 2023.

Axalp 2023 Airshow Dates 

Tuesday 17 October 2023
Axalp Fliegerschiessen Training Day

Wednesday 18 October 2023
Axalp Fliegerschiessen Official Day

Thursday 19 October 2023
Axalp Fliegerschiessen Official Day

How do I buy tickets for Axalp 2023?

Axalp has grown massively in popularity over the past two decades. To cope with the constantly growing flood of visitors the organisation have decided in 2010 to completely close down the road to Axalp during all display days. Visitors can only go up with the shuttle bus service. If you arrive by train you can get the bus from Brienz railaway station. If you arrive by car you can take the bus from the P+R pakring at the start of the Axalpstrasse in Brienz. 

A ticket for parking, bus and chairlift up to Windegg costs CHF 60.-  in 2022. Children under 16 pay CHF 20,-. You can also buy a passe partout for all three days. In 2022 they cost CHF 100.-

If you have accommodation in Axalp there is a limited number of Chairlift tickets available for CHF 15.-

You can buy these tickets online at Tickets for Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2023 will go on sale from the start of September 2023.

As of 2022 tickets may be refunded up to 85% if the event is cancelled before it has started. Once one of the services have started (for example, you are sitting in the bus or the chairlift) no refund is given if the event is cancelled at that point.

Important note: it is 100% necessary to have a shuttle bus ticket if you do not have accomodation in Axalp village. Walking from Brienz to the range will take you 7 hours, which is way too long to make your day worthwhile.

What is the flying program of the Axalp Fliegerschiessen demo?

Surprise acts like the F-35 at Axalp

The program of the Axalp airshow is relatively predictable. However minor changes do take place, and almost every year you can expect to see one or two surprise displays.

For example in 2012 the Saab Gripen that Switzerland had on order at that time performed full displays including target shooting. And in 2021 we were treated to the last appearance of the Hawker “Tiger” Hunter in 2021 before it was put out of service.

The biggest surprise was in 2022 when two Italian F-35’s made a much anticipated appearance on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

The daily flying program

The Swiss being Swiss every year the official program starts exactly at 14:00 and will finish around 15:30. From Tuesday until Thursday the flying program is exactly the same. In the mornings you may see live firing as well and some practice display by the Hornet and/or the PC-21.

Next you can see many Cougar helicopters bringing the press and VIP’s up. The morning program has become more quiet compared to when the F-5’s were still around. Summing up, there is no guarantee that anything flies in the morning, Still, I would always advice to be there early. You can see an extensive report on the Axalp Fliegerschiessen demo here.


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Target shooting with board cannons
Boeing F/A-18 Hornet

Points for getting fire out of the gun nozzles. Double points for doing that while catching one of the bullets in your photo. 

Do not miss the “sneak pass” and the flare drops at the start and the end of live shooting.

Firefighting demo
2* Aerospatiale  As532 Cougar

Two Cougars will drop water from Lake Brienz to put out a simulated fire. Camera’s in portrait mode! This demo was not performed in 2022. 

Helicopter Flying demo
Aerospatiale  As532 Cougar

Most classic part of this display is the flare drop with 128 flares. Contrary what you would normally do with a helo, take a slightly faster shutter speed than normal: the firework of the flares will come out better. Your rotor blur will suffer though! Rest of the display is very photogenic as well, especially when the Cougar is flying around with the gear retracted. All against that beautiful backdrop.

Air policing
Pilatus PC-24 & 2* F/A-18

Simulation of an air policing mission, Photographically speaking less interesting as most of takes place from a far distance. Nice formation shots of two F/A-18 Hornets and PC-24 are possible though.

Special forces operations

In 2021 we saw a new program item where a group of six special forces are dropped to secure an area. When they start shooting be sure to catch the mortar firing and the pick up of the soldiers at the end! Very spectacular!


Try to nail the moment that the paras jump out of the plane. The para carrying the big Swiss flag is also photogenic. Further it is wise to keep your eyes open after the drop has taken place. This year as a novelty, the PC-7’s flew straight at the audience from the mountain ridge in the south.

Swiss Hornet Display team
Boeing F/A-18 Hornet

The best place in the world to watch the F/A-18 do a display. The program has evolved over the years to suit the Axalp arena even better.

PC-21 Demo
Pilatus PC-21

Don’t underestimate this little red turboprop trainer against the mountain backdrop. One of the highlights always. Especially if it comes flying straight at the KP tower at Ebenflüh or the Tschingel hill.

Patrouille Suisse
Northrop F-5E Tiger

Traditionally the closing of the show. The flying is adapted to the terrain, making this display one of a kind. Best at the start of the show when they fly with all six ships.


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