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River baths worldwide

Flussbad Berlin is of course not the only river bath worldwide. And it is not even the first in the world. There are many pioneers and at least as many contemporary companions.

The tradition of river bathing is a very old one, especially in Switzerland. Whether in the Rhine, Limmat or Aare, the water quality is usually so good that you can just jump into these rivers. Over the past two decades, many cities around the world have bethought of their bodies of water, which are being increasingly reconquered by the citizens.

You will find a small collection of urban river baths around the world here which will grow bit by bit. These reference projects are located on rivers, streams, former rivers and sea harbours and have been upgraded with more or less infrastructure.

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Dublin - City Liffey Swim

Dublin - City Liffey Swim

The Dublin City Liffey Swim (Irish: Snámh na Life, Bhaile Átha Cliath) is one of the most famous open sea races throughout the world. It was first run in 1920 when it was devised by Bernard Fagan an engineer in Dublin Corporation to show the citizens the good quality of the water in the Liffey.

The Dublin City Liffey Swim is the highlight of the open sea swimming season and in particular for the native Dubliners there is something special about being able to swim down the Liffey in early September. This also provides a great spectacle for the Dublin public who line the quays, boardwalks and bridges along the mile and a quarter (2,200 metres) course to catch a glimpse of this unique event.

The race is managed by a voluntary not-for-profit organisation, Leinster Open Sea. Many levels and ages of swimmers compete in the race, but entrants must be a member of a swimming club. International competitors are common and very welcome. The first Liffey Swim took place on the 22 July 1920 with 27 male swimmers. In 2018, 320 men and 219 women completed the 99th Liffey Swim which will see its 100th edition in 2019.

More information on the Dublin City Liffey Swim can be found here.