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PM ~ 3. Berlin Flussbad Swimming Cup on 2 July 2017

The time and date of our 3rd annual Berlin Flussbad Swimming Cup has now been confirmed. Weather and water quality permitting, we will hold our traditional swimming event this year on Sunday, 2 July 2017, with participants once again completing a one-kilometre swim from the Bode Museum to the Schlossbrücke (Palace Bridge) and back. The entire event will be held under the patronage of Berlin’s Governing Mayor, Michael Müller. But the 2017 Flussbad Cup isn’t just for ambitious athletes; all registered recreational swimmers will also be able to enjoy a river swimming through the Spree Canal along Berlin’s Museum Island where the future Flussbad will be located.

12 – 12:45 pm             Warm-up for swimmers participating in the race
12:50                           Choir of The House of World Cultures, conducted by Barbara Morgenstern
1 pm                            Welcome greeting
1:15-2:30 pm              Competition – carried out in different heats
2:40 pm                      Award ceremony
2:30-5:30 pm             River swimming after the official competition
5:30 pm                      End of the event

This year, participants in the Flussbad Cup race will start in heats consisting of men and women. All participants will receive a certificate at the end of the race.

The swimming area will be opened for all registered “Flussschwimmer” (recreational swimmers) after the competition has finished, that is, from roughly 2:30 to 5:30 pm. This year, the Flussschwimmer won’t have start numbers on their bathing caps, nor will their swim times be recorded. All participants will receive a personalised certificate of participation.

As of 21 June 2017, 308 people have registered to take part: 154 women and 154 men (as of 21 June). The registration deadline is Sunday 25 June at 12pm. Up to 400 swimmers can participate in the event. On-site registration will be possible on the day of the event.

The race area in the Spree Canal along Berlin’s Museum Island is not designated as an official bathing area. For this reason, the race poses a definite health risk, for example, as a result of pathogens in the water. In order to avoid any risks, the water in the race area will be tested twice for microbes by Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Berlin’s water authority. We will publish the results of the samples on our website on the day of the event. If there are storms or strong rainfalls shortly before the competition, it is possible that the quality of the water in the race area will become impacted by the discharge of mixed wastewater from the sewage system. In this case, the competition will have to be cancelled at short notice. We will be receiving daily updates from Berliner Wasserbetriebe regarding possible mixed-water discharges into the Spree Canal right up until race time.

Since 2014, the organisation of the Flussbad Swimming Cup has been made possible by funding from the federal government and the government of Berlin as part of their “National Urban Development Projects” programme. We would like to thank our other partners, as well:  Berliner Triathlon Union e.V., Berliner Wasserbetriebe and Berliner Wasserratten gegr. 1889 e.V. The task of securing and safeguarding the route will be handled by THW-Helfervereinigung Neukölln e.V. and the Berlin branch of the German Lifesaving Association (DLRG). Also a big thank-you to our new sponsor SPREEQUELL as well as to the musician Barbara Morgenstern, whos Flussbad-song will première with the Choir of the House of Cultures Berlin.


Photos of the first two Flussbad Swimming Cups are available here on our website. For security reasons, access to the Spree Canal at Monbijou Bridge will not be possible for the press. Our goal with this annual event is to publicise the Flussbad project; however, we are also eager to highlight the poor condition of rivers in general and to send out a clear signal in support of water preservation and protection.