Samichlaus Swim in the Limmat in Zurich – brrr!!!!

Samichlaus Swimming in Zur

Despite the ridiculously cold temperatures, not to mention the snow falling in Zurich on Sunday, there was a long line of people of all ages qeueing up to take (almost) all their clothes off and jump in the river! What’s more they had had to pay for the privilege – as well as register in advance for this rather mad tradition known as “Samichlaus Schwimmen”.

Samichlaus Schwimmen Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now in it’s 13th year, it usually takes place at the beginning of December and involves jumping into the Limmat at Pier 7 near Bellevue and swimming across to the other side ending up (hopefully) at the Frauenbadi, preferably wearing a Father Christmas hat or some other festive adornment.

Samichlaus Swim in Zurich

The blue and sunny skies belied the cold temperatures – and the water temperature was between 4 and 7 degrees !!! However,  this did not deter just under 350 eager participants taking part this crisp December day.

Samichlaus Swimming in Zur

The groups were divided into small batches as they jumped into the Limmat every 4 minutes, accompanied by divers from Scuba Viva, the local scuba diving company based at Pier 7.  Around nine divers were on duty including Bruno (see photo below) and a boat ferried the swimmers’ luggage across to the Frauenbadi.  The police and a number of ‘watch men” were also on hand for safety.

Samichlaus Schwimmen Zurich

Some swimmers, including Lisa (see photo wearing garland) were not quite cold enough and insisted on swimming across whilst eating ice lollies.  Thankfully though they warmed up with a glass of schnapps once they arrived at the other side (after finishing off their lollies).

Samichlaus Schwimmen Zurich

If this has inspired you to try the “Samichlaus Swim” swim next year then don’t forget to register next year!

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Samichlaus Schwimmen Zurich

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Did you get to swim the Limmat? Limmatschwimmen 2012

Tickets for yesterday’s 49th Limmat Swim sold out within hours of going on sale but if you were lucky enough to be amongst the 4,200 swimmers who took part you were rewarded with a refreshing swim in the 30 degree plus heat in Zurich! Starting at the Frauenbadi near Buerkliplatz the swimmers took to the water on little yellow “butterflies” which enabled you to either float or swim along the Limmat past the Muensterbruecke, the Rathaus-Bruecke, the Rudolf-Brunbruecke, Muehlesteg, Bahnhof-Bruecke, Walche-Bruecke, Landesmuseum, Drahtschmidligsteg to the final destination in Oberer Letten.  A veritable city tour by water!

The 50th anniversary of Zurich’s Limmat swim will take place next year and for those of you who like to plan in advance it will take place on either 17th or 24 August 2013. See you there!