Limmatschwimmen

Unlike in some municipalities, swimming is celebrated and encouraged in Zurich, Switzerland. The Limmat river, which runs right through the city, is one of the best urban “swimming holes” around. The city has built pathways on both banks for easy pedestrian access, and there plenty of ladders to climb in and out of the river. Plus you can jump and dive off of the foot bridges for a quick dip on a hot day.

But perhaps the best manifestation of Zurich’s swimophilia is the annual Limmatschwimmen, where the city allows participants to commandeer the river for an afternoon and float down the Limmat en masse. I don’t know about you, but this certainly looks like a lot more fun than doing a 5K or 10K run for a cheap t-shirt and a goody bag filled with useless advertisements!

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2 Comments

  1. diver dave
    November 13, 2009

    MY INNERTUBES ARE SEEING ABOUT BOOKING A FLIGHT OVER THERE, TO SHOW THEM HOW ITS DONE AT LADDER #1 OAK STREET BEACH. I CAN SHOW THEM A THING OR TWO WHEN IT COMES TO RELAXING UPON THE WATER.

  2. Beltstars
    November 13, 2009

    Ohh, I like my 5k’s and 10k’s with a swim in the lake after to cool down. You can have my t-shirt, I got a bunch of them.


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