New Year’s Eve swim at Achensee

Bonkers, yet a tradition. One thing is clear to the spectators of the New Year’s Eve swim: Anyone who takes part needs to bring a big amount of craziness with them in order to leap into the ice-cold Lake Achensee with a water temperature of around four degrees, and then swim 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. The swimmers then swim the 25 metres to the iceberg, scale it, ring the New Year’s Eve bell and swim back to the footbridge.
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 am See 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. The New Year’s Eve swim is organized by the diving club Blackdivers Tirol.

  • Registration

    Who wants to be the hero of the cold Achensee floods, should scrape together to 30 December 2019 at 18.00 his courage and 15 Euros and register as follows:

    • either by phone at Achensee Tourismus under the number +43 5 95300-0
    • or by e-mail at with the subject: Sign in New Year’s Eve swim

    On the day of the event a late registration until 11.30 is also possible.

    The following information is required for a non-binding declaration.

    • Name
    • 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.

  • Programme

    Meeting place for New Year’s swim fans on the 31 December 2019 is at the promenade in Pertisau – directly at the Hotel Post am See.

    • until 11.30 – registration
    • from 12.00 to 12.30 the programme starts with music and casual atmosphere
    • from 12.30 – the New Year’s Swim starts – category Sport
    • from 14.00 – New Year’s Swimming – category Fun
    • afterwards at about 15.00 – awards ceremony
  • Results
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