Courtesy of Andreas Sachs, Austrian Open Water Cup.

The fifth Schwimm Festival Neusiedler See (Lake Neusiedler Swim Festival) is the largest open water swimming competition in Austria with over 600 participants.

The race is located in the wine region of Austria, surrounded by vineyards that make some of the finest wines in Austria. The event includes races of 500m, 1 km, 1.9 km, 3.5 km and 5 km, in a national park.

The races are held over a 3-day period so swimmers can take part in more than one race. The 3.5 km race (Illmitz-Mörbisch Lake Crossing) that revises a historical cross-lake event.

The 5 km race is around an island in the lake that is close to the Hungarian border with a start and finish in the Mörbisch amphitheater as a dramatic backdrop.

For more information, visit www.schwimmfestival.at and here.

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