Samichlaus-Schwimmen 2014 in Photos

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich photos 2014

Samichlaus-Schwimmen 2014 in Photos

 

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2014

While most sensible people were spending a relaxing Sunday at home, or maybe taking advantage of the shops being open in Zurich for a spot of Christmas Shopping, a large queue of brave (or mad?) people were taking to the Limmat to go for a swim!

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2014

With temperatures around 9 degrees in the city’s river, and the air reading only 5 degrees, this really was for the hardy! However, there was no shortage of volunteers and as they queued up along Limmatquai to take their turn, many bemused bystanders watched in awe.

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2014

This was the “Samichlausschwimmen” event and it takes place in Zurich every year. You need to register for the swim in advance and on the day you jump in the water at Pier 7 and swim across to the Frauenbadi on the other side.

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2014

All photos © NewInZurich

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2014

It’s a short stretch of water but as befits Zurich it was magnificently organised. From the orderly check in procedures, to the changing facilities, to the safety boats ferrying the swimmer’s clothes to the other side, to the divers on hand to check that nobody gets into trouble – nothing was left to chance.

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2014

Photos all © NewInZurich

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2014

The weather was cloudy and grey but it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and a number of people took to dressing up not just in Santa hats or Santa costumes but everything from their favourite pyjamas to Hawaiian costumes. In fact Samichlaus himself was present too.

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2014

All Photos © NewInZurich

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2014

There were various techniques used to enter the Limmat – but once in the water nobody dawdled too long!

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2014

All photos © NewInZurich

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2014

Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2014

If this has tempted you to have a dip next year you’ll need to register in advance via the website. For more information please see here.

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