I am pleased that you have found the-hopefully not too stony-way to my alpine-swimming-blog. But what has one to imagine now exactly under the concept of Alpine-swimming that I have coined? Alpine Swimming is for me everything you need to know about wildswimming in the Alps, i.e. the wild Alpine swimming. Depending on the location, this also includes a more or less distinct swim-hiking component. Wild dipping, on the other hand, refers to activities that are more about wild bathing than swimming-this will also have its place here.
The most beautiful and most enjoyable swimming holidays under the sun? Please, here they are: a wonderful swimming area that invites you to go island hopping, relaxing sight-swimming and swimming with dolphins. German-speaking hosts who, in their pretty apartments, do their utmost to pamper their guests and serve them with local delicacies. A dedicated and competent tour guide including swimming guiding by experienced open water swimmers, which responds to each group member and ensures that it remains safe and enjoyable in the water for everyone. Whether single traveler, family or group – pleasure guaranteed!
Mount Petzen in the Austrian-Slovenian border area houses in its interior mine tunnels of a total of several hundred kilometers in length. After the mine operation ceased in the sixties and the water was no longer pumped out, some of the lower mining horizons were flooded, creating underground lakes with crystal clear water about 8 degree Celsius. In December 2018 I swam there and will offer this adventure from 2019 as part of guided tours to other Wildswimming friends.
A few impressions from my recent exploration trip to the south. Starting next year, I will offer guided tours and swim packages under the umbrella brand SWIMSALABIM. At the alpine-swimming tours & holidays the alpine swim-hike component is in the foreground. At pleasure-swimminging tours & holidays, the focus is on enjoyable swimming in particularly beautiful – even maritime – locations within an attractive, authentic culinary / cultural program.
The Almbachklamm (Almbach Gorge) is located about 10 km west of the city of Salzburg in the municipality of the Bavarian Marktschellenberg. It offers a worthwhile ravine hike with a lot of height difference, interesting information boards and Germany’s last ball mill. Depending on the water level, however, it also has several sometimes quite spectacular spots for wild swimming or wild dipping.
For a change this time a trip to “non-alpine waters”. Around the Saxon Bischofswerda you will find abandoned quarries, which are perfect for wild swimming. (Naked) wildswimming has been going on here for decades, even though it is officially forbidden for liability reasons.
Although the Krummschnabelsee is located in Obertauern at about 1800 m above sea level it gets up to 24 degrees warm in summer. Because it also offers a high alpine panorama and with the nearby Hochalm a perfect rest stop, the moorlake is ideal for relaxed wild swimming in the context of a simple alpine swimming trip.
The Heutal (Hayvalley) is a lovely high valley above the community Unken on the Austrian-Bavarian border. It is the starting point of a highly recommended ravine walk with two impressive waterfalls and countless beautiful spots for wilddipping.
If the turquoise-blue Soca is too fresh and the Kozjak waterfall is too extreme for you, then you might find your wild-swimming luck at the Slovenian Nadiza.
Up on alpine swimming? Off to Bockhartsee !
From Bad Gastein it goes on a toll road to Sportgastein. Arrived at the bottom of the valley it is best to leave the car at the hiking car park in front of the Valeriehaus. Alternatively, it’s now more comfortable on the supply road or direct and steeper over the walkway up to Bockhartseehütte. Even here, the mountain panorama is breathtaking and stirs the expectation on the Bockhartsee. This anticipation is also more than justified. At least as far as the upper Bockhartsee is concerned.
The Kozjak waterfall – beautiful, loud, challenging
The Soca Valley is not only an El Dorado for kayakers and rafting fans, but also for those who have dedicated themselves to wild swimming. In addition to the eternally seductive Soca itself, there are countless beautiful bathing areas along tributaries, waterfall pots and mountain lakes. One of the most beautiful and spectacular spots is certainly the easily accessible Kozjak waterfall, which is located near Kobarid.
When it comes to water quality, there is nothing in public pools without a “chemical club”. For the most part, chlorine is used as a disinfectant, both critically considering environmental and health concerns. At wild bathing and -swimming, we rely on the natural cleanliness and self-cleaning power of our waters. Keeping both, as well as the conscious use of natural resources in and around these waters, should be a top priority for us Wildswimmers. Because wildswimming does not mean that we are allowed to perform outside like the “wild ones”. But on the contrary!
The Filbingsee lies in a small cirque over the Fuschlsee near Salzburg. It is accessible via a steep climb through the mountain forest in about an hour and offers a fantastic wildswimming experience. So one is worthily rewarded for the sweaty rise. That’s the way it should be with alpineswimming. Continue Reading…
This spot near the Celtic city Hallein is not suitable for contemplative bathing pleasure. It is too close – though well hidden – to the busy Wiestal-mainroad. However, this location has advantages if you want to pursue a few “lengths” of its wild-swimming pleasure quickly and easily. Because the spot on the weir at the Hammerwirt is easily accessible, has a nice length and is usable regardless of the water level.
The helmet for cycling-the floating buoy for wild swimming?!
It is already obligatory for many outdoor swimming events and is recommended to any responsible Openwater swimmer: the floating buoy. Baywatch fans know floating buoys still from the TV. The buxom Pamela Anderson and the sometimes also privately “moist-cheerful” David-Hasslehoff plunged daring into the floods. Today’s specimens – floating buoys mind you – have learned to do so. Continue Reading…