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VIENNA’S AUTOBAHN FOR SWIMMERS

Vienna might not be top of your list when it comes to outdoor swimming destinations, but an 18km stretch of open water in the heart of the city – as well as the chance to swim-commute to work – has convinced Blaise Kelly

Austria’s capital city Vienna sits on the eastern edge of the Austrian Alps and the start of the vast Hungarian Plains. Famous for its cultural heritage and great thinkers, it could well be at the top of people’s list if they wanted to experience a concert, the opera or visit some art galleries. The Blue Danube is more well-known as a waltz in concert halls than somewhere for swimming.

On arriving in Vienna a few years ago I had heard of its typical large eastern European or German open air swimming pool complexes, but it was only on joining the office swimming crowd in the Kaiserwasser, a short walk from the Donau city business district and UN headquarters, that I realised this was but the tip of the Viennese open water scene.

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Swimming challenges come in all shapes and sizes. In the pages of this issue we hear from swimmers from around the world who have pushed their boundaries to achieve remarkable things. From recovering alcoholic Paul Parrish’s inspiring English Channel swim to the Muslim Swim Sisters competing in their first open water race, outdoor swimmers make up a broad and accepting community. Whether you are training for a marathon swim or for your first one-mile event – or if you just love the freedom of swimming outdoors – this issue has inspiring stories, training advice and wild swimming recommendations for all kinds of swimmers. Are you feeling lucky? If you find a Golden Ticket inserted in this magazine you are the winner of a changing robe from dryrobe worth £129.99. Good luck! Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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