Wannsee, Berlin, Germany

IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member

So, enlisting the wealth of knowledge that is the members of the MSF. Does anyone know if anyone has swum the length of the Wannsee in Berlin, between Wilhelmstadt in the north and the Schloss Cecilienhof in the south?

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  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member

    My source in Germany mailed:
    Hi Niek,
    I asked some swimmers from Berlin but no one has heard about some historic swims there.
    The distance is not so long (12km) so although this could be possible in the past.
    You will have there a lot of boat traffic and should take care about the current because
    the Wannsee ist part of the river Havel.

    If they have a good boat it could be possible to swim there but for me it is not the best choice.

    We ourselves swam down the old Spree (get a canu at FĂĽrstenwalde, give it back at Erkner).
    There are a lot of more interesting lakes around Berlin in Brandenburg that might be more agreable to swim.

    See you Karl

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  • JacqueJacque M. (Germany)Member

    Hi Mike, I also checked and could not find any documentation for the Wannsee. As far as I know there is only Lake Constance (Bodensee) with an own organization to register and document three different swims (http://www.bodenseequerung.de/) and - if you prefer saltwater - of course the crossing of the Baltic sea (http://beltquerung.de/). I've done both so let me know if you need anything.

    Another source of information could be the local unit of the "DLRG" (Deutsche Lebensrettungsgesellschaft) or the "Wasserwacht" of the Red Cross. Those two are the biggest Life Saving Organizations and they might have the information you need. I asked and used them to accompany me and officially observe when I did a longer crossing in a lake in Hessen (Edersee). In my experience they look funny at you if you explain what you intend to do ("You wanna do WHAT?" :-) ) but then are very helpful and certainly a good source to ask for conditions, currents, boat traffic, permits and everything else. As far as I can see the Wannsee is under watch of the DLRG (https://berlin.dlrg.de/kontakt.html) if you want to ask them.

    Other than that I agree with @Nieks source - there are many beautiful lakes around Berlin with less traffic that I would prefer. If you want to skip the logistics you also can choose from a wide variety of organized open water swims all over Germany (see a list here: http://schwimmkalender.de/freiwasserschwimmen2017.html). Let me know if you need anything, happy to help and I might even join you. :-)

    IronMike
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member

    Jacque said: Hi Mike, Other than that I agree with @Nieks source - there are many beautiful lakes around Berlin with less traffic that I would prefer. If you want to skip the logistics you also can choose from a wide variety of organized open water swims all over Germany (see a list here: http://schwimmkalender.de/freiwasserschwimmen2017.html). Let me know if you need anything, happy to help and I might even join you. :-)

    Thanks @Jacque! I'll keep you in the loop!

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