Impressions of Samichlausschwimmen Zurich

Samichlausschwimmen 2016

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Impressions of Samichlausschwimmen Zurich

 

Samichlausschwimmen 2016

It was a cold but beautifully sunny day in Zurich as the Samichlaus swimmers got ready to plunge into the icy waters of the Limmat. The annual Samichlausschwimmen event attracts the brave (or foolhardy!) for this peculiar Zurich tradition of swimming across the Limmat in early December. Don’t let those blue skies fool you – it was seriously cold when we took these photos!

Impressions of Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2016

It’s a very popular event though and tickets sell out very fast – so here are some pictures of the lucky ones who managed to get in!

Impressions of Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2016

There were a few Santas just hanging around chilling on SUPs and inflatables watching the proceedings.

Impressions of Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2016

One even entertained the watching crowds with his stunts!

Impressions of Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2016

Impressions of Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2016

Some dived in, others jumped and some just slid in gently.

Impressions of Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2016

There were plenty of Santa hats to be seen but some people went the whole hog and dressed up in Santa suits.

Impressions of Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2016

Impressions of Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2016

This group weren’t sure if they were cold enough so were sucking on ice lollies before they took the plunge:

Impressions of Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2016

The swimmers set off from Pier 7 and swam across the river to the Frauenbadi where cups of steaming punch and a hot snack awaited them.

Impressions of Samichlausschwimmen Zurich 2016

Photographer Carmen Sirboiu was also at the event and she captured these great shots below:

Samichlaus Schwimmen 2016 Zurich

Samichlaus Schwimmen 2016 Zurich Photo Carmen Sirboiu

Samichlaus Schwimmen 2016 Zurich Photo Carmen Sirboiu

Samichlaus Schwimmen 2016 Zurich Photo Carmen Sirboiu

Samichlaus Schwimmen 2016 Zurich Photo Carmen Sirboiu

Samichlaus Schwimmen 2016 Zurich Photo Carmen Sirboiu

Samichlaus Schwimmen 2016 Zurich Photo Carmen Sirboiu

Samichlaus Schwimmen 2016 Zurich

Samichlaus Schwimmen 2016 Zurich Photo Carmen Sirboiu

The Samichlausschwimmen is an annual event and takes place every December in Zurich. If you’d like to take part don’t forget to sign up early via the Samichlaus website here.

Photos by Carmen Sirboiu

and Christina Fryer

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