Samichlaus swim

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All about the Samichlaus swim, the 09 December 2018 in Zurich.

DATA: December 09 2018
PLACE: Zurich, Switzerland

Christmas you go, a custom that you find.
It could be this that pushed, just under 20 years ago, about sixty daredevers, to dive in December, in the waters of Limmat, in Zurich.

At a distance of 18 years, this strange custom, started almost as a joke, is repeated every year, attracting more and more visitors and participants.
The swim of Samichlaus, or Santa Claus (as they call him here), is not a futile event. Quite the contrary. In fact, part of the proceeds will be donated to the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society for charity.

Recommended for all those visiting Zurich for traditional Christmas markets. A different, extravagant and alternative way to spend your time. Event in which we invite you to be protagonists.

For the traditional Samichlaus swim only a good dose of courage is required. And why not, a bit of madness. The water is quite cold these days, but not frozen; the temperatures of the Limmat, in fact, stand between the 6 and the 8 degrees.
And then, it is said that a swim in cold water has beneficial effects.

Samichlaus swim



It is absolutely recommended to reach the meeting point with public transport. In the area, you will not find a way to park your car. Moreover, Zurich has a highly efficient and modern public transport network.

Get off at the Bellevue stop with the 2, 5 and 9 trams. From here, in a few minutes, you reach the Pier Restaurant 7.


Appointment on 09 December 2018 day, from 13: 30 to 15: 30.
It covers a distance of 111 meters, for a path that runs from the Pier 7 Restaurant to the other side of the river, on Stadthausquai.
There are boat divers and specialized land-based personnel who monitor people in the river every moment.

The minimum age to participate is 16 years. Good health is required and you must not be sick. It is preferable to use only the swimming costume.


Ticket on sale, upon registration online on the official website, at 11: 11 of the day 11 / 11.
Participation is limited. Here, below, the detail:

Charity Tickets. They cost 40CHF, part of which go, in fact, to charity. There are 100 coupons available. They are the first to deal with the 111 meters of the Samichlaus Swim, in groups of 20.

I Normal Tickets. They cost 22CHF, with an availability of 240 total coupons. You enter groups, every 4 minutes. The holders of these tickets enter after the 100 people with Charity Tickets.

Ticket Stand-By. They cost 15CHF and allow access to the water only if previous participants have completed their Samichlaus swim. If you purchase these tickets you will not be guaranteed to participate; in this case, your 15CHF will be entirely donated to charity.

At the end, you will receive a certificate and receive a glass of hot tea and traditional barley soup.

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