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 to leap into the ice-cold Lake Achensee with a water temperature of four degrees Celsius and then swim over a distance of 50 metres.
The swimmers' physical well-being will be taken care of. To bring the body temperature back to normal, the participants can also recover in the sauna of the Hotel Post after their effort.
In the sport category, the swimmers jump from the three-metre high jetty into Lake Achensee, swim 25 metres to the iceberg, climb it, ring the New Year's Eve bell and swim back to the jetty. The swimmer who is closest to the average time can look forward to the prize money.
In the fun category, participants may dress up in everything from grandma's nightgown to grandpa's pants. The winner receives recognition from the audience and a material prize.