First Groupe of the 500 swimmers (3.2 km distanc) near the Blaue Wunder / Dresden


14 July 2002 : First International Elbe Swimming Day

the second intl. Elbebadetag has been celebrated on July 17 th 2005 as a integrated element of the europeanwide

Hamburg / Dresden : A few years ago, the Elbe river was one of the most polluted river in Europe. Since the reunification of Germany, millions of euros have been spent on a wide restoration programme, including the building of more than 200 water treatment units : what used to be a sewer has turned into a river in which one can swim. To celebrate this event, the First International Elbe Swimmingday was created.

Between 80 000 and 100 000 people took part in the first International Elbe Swimming Day on 14th July 2002 at at 2 PM .

Enthusiastic celebrations have been organized in 55 towns between the source of the Elbe in the Czech Giant Mountains to the mouth of the river in the North Sea (more the 1 000 km).

The Elbe then became, during this day, the longest European beach. Inhabitants, people on holidays as well as the political representatives of the different towns were enthusiastic and moved to see that the water quality now allow people to swim again in the Elbe river.


"Motif" of the
Hamburg Event


- News

- Map with the swimming and bath places


Bath and Swimm places along the River Elbe


Updated 17.02.04



20.02.04 : The first european River Swimming Day (BIG JUMP) and the                 Second intl. Elbe Swimmingdayis announced for
                17 July 2005 see and

12.05.03 : The next International Elbe Swimming Day is anounced for 2005 !                 2003 and 2004 local Elbeswimmindays will be organized
15.07.02 :
100 000 people on the Elbe Riverbanks and 6000 swimmers a                 long the river : Big succes for the First international                 Elbe Swimmingday for a "Living Elbe". (Presserelease)
07.07.02 : 14 July 2002 First International Elbe Swimming                 Day:Pressrelease in english (pdf)
22.06.02 : Pressemitteilung: Gute Wasserqualität
22.06.02 : mehr als 50 Badestellen in Tschechien und Deutschland
21.06.02 : Gruner + Jahr Ausstellung "Mit allen Wassern gewaschen"
                öffnet in 20 Tagen am 11 Juli 2002 in Hamburg.
12.06.02 : Pressemitteilung: Zahlreiche Partner für den Ersten                 Internationalen Elbe-Badetag, NDR wird offizieller



Projektinitiant und Projektleiter:
Roberto Epple, DUH / ERN +49171 753 24 14 oder +33 6 08 62 12 67

Badetag- Projektkoordination:
Agnes Sauter, DUH Bundesgeschäftsstelle Radolfszell ( +49 7732 999 577)
Güttingerstrasse 19, D - 78 315 Radolfszell

Lebendige Elbe/ Badetag Büros:
Köthen (Abschnitt unterhalb Meissen-Mündung) : +49 349 621 007 oder 9, Ines Wittig
Dresden (Abschnitt Quelle - Meissen) : +49 351 31 37 841, Alfred Olfert

Liste of all the local organizers ( updated every day)

more Informations and a liste of partners and sponsors are available in germanr


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