New Year’s Eve swim at Achensee
Bonkers, yet a tradition. One thing is clear to the people who come to watch the New Year’s Eve swim – anyone who takes part needs to bring a great big helping of daftness with them in order to leap into the water in the ice-cold Achensee, where the water temperature is around four degrees, and then cover the 50 metre distance.
For many people New Year’s Day is not just highlighted in red in the calendar for celebrations to mark the turn of the year. No, it is the New Year’s Eve swim at Achensee which year in, year out, attracts curious onlookers and daredevil swimmers. They all follow the maxim ‘feel the frost!’ and take this challenge literally.
Scantily dressed participants leap from the three metre high footbridge into Achensee, which at this time of year might even be frozen over in a few places. To get in the right frame of mind before the jump, participants get a ‘shock-cool’ – a bucket of cold water is poured over their heads. Head-to-head, two swimmers then swim the 25 metres to the iceberg as quickly as possible, scale it, ring the New Year’s Eve bell and swim back to the footbridge as quickly as possible.
The swimmers’ corporeal wellbeing is of course also looked after. To bring their body temperatures back to a normal level again, participants get to recover in the sauna in the Hotel Post after their escapade.
The entertainment value at the New Year’s Eve swim is hard to top. Between 2500 and 3000 spectators line the banks of the lake Achensee every year and cheer on the courageous swimmers. The fun factor involved, where everything from grandma’s nightdress to grandpa‘s underpants can be worn, means spectators get lots of laughs every year.
Who wants to be the hero of the cold Achensee floods, should scrape together to 31st December 2013 at 11.30 a.m. his courage and 15 Euros and register as follows:
- either by telephone or +43 (5246) 5300-0
- or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Sign in New Year’s Eve swim
The following information is required for a non-binding declaration.
- Year of birth
- Category + motto
- signed declaration of liability
The winner will receive, as all participants, public recognition and of course cash prize and property prizes.
Meeting place for New Year’s swim fans on the 31st December 2013 is at the promenade in Pertisau – directly at the Hotel Post.
- until 11.30 a.m. – registration
- from 12.00 to 12.30 p.m. the programme starts with music and casual atmosphere
- from 12.30 p.m. – the New Year’s Swim starts – category Sport
- from 02.00 p.m. – New Year’s Swimming – category Fun
- afterwards at abou 03.00 p.m. – price giving ceremony
Here will be listet the results of 2013.