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Bodensee

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Bodensee (or Lake Constance) is a lake on the Rhine in Germany at the northern foot of the Alps, and consists of three bodies of water: the Obersee ("upper lake"), the Untersee ("lower lake"), and a connecting stretch of the Rhine, called the Seerhein. The lake is located in Germany, Switzerland and Austria near the Alps and has been swum across by Bruno Dobelmann and Christof Wandratsch.

The freshwater lake sits at 395m (1,296 feet) above sea level and is Central Europe's third largest, after Lake Balaton and Lake Geneva. It is 63 km (39 miles) long, and at its widest point, nearly 14 km (8.7 miles). Bodensee was formed by the Rhine Glacier during the ice age. The lake was frozen in the years 1077 (?), 1326 (partial), 1378 (partial), 1435, 1465 (partial), 1477 (partial), 1491 (partial?), 1517 (partial), 1571 (partial), 1573, 1600 (partial), 1684, 1695, 1709 (partial), 1795, 1830, 1880 (partial), and 1963.

Bodenseequerung[edit]

Bodenseequerung is the open water swimming organization of the Bodensee that maintains the marathon swimming records on the lake. There are 3 crossings: 64 km Bodensee-Längsquerungen (lengthwise crossing), 38 km Bodensee-Dreiländerquerungen (triangle crossing), and Bodensee-Breitenquerungen (widthwise crossing).

64 km Bodensee-Längsquerungen Crossings[edit]

1. Christof Wandratsch (Germany), 20 hours 41 minutes on 22 July 2013 in 23°C water (66.67 km actual distance swum)
2. Bruno Baumgartner (Switzerland), 24 hours 20 minutes on 30 August 2013 in 19°C water (68.06 km)
3. Hamza Bakircioglu (Turkey), 30 hours 45 minutes on 17 July 2016 in 21°C (66.67 km)

38 km Bodensee-Dreiländerquerungen Crossings[edit]

1. Christof Wandratsch (Germany) 8 hours 43 minutes on 24 July 2016 in 22°C (32.07 km distance swum)
2. Nathalie Pohl (Germany) 9 hours 19 minutes on 1 July 2016 in 21°C (33.40 km)
3. Sabine Croci (Germany) 12 hours 48 minutes on 31 July 2014 in 20°C (34.95 km
4. Ulrich Vormbrock (Germany) in 14 hours 16 minutes on 13 August 2015 in 26°C (34.52 km )
5. Mirjam Sound (Germany) in 14 hours 37 minutes on 28 July 2014 in 19°C (34.82 km)
6. Michael Schumann (Germany) in 15 hours 32 minutes on 7 August 2015 in 24°C (35.25 km)

36 km Bodensee Triple-Breitenquerung Crossings[edit]

1. Katie Benoit (U.S.A.), 11 hours 40 minutes on 30 August 2014 in 19°C water (34.43 km actual distance)

12 km Bodensee-Breitenquerungen Crossings[edit]

1. Christof Wandratsch (Germany) 2 hours 28 minutes on 21 June 2015 in 19°C (direction: Romanshorn ->FN)
2. Axel Ehrhardt (Germany) in 2 hours 48 minutes on 4 July 2015 in 26°C (FN -> Romanshorn)
3. Nathalie Pohl (Germany) in 2 hours 50 minutes on 26 June 2014 in 21°C (FN -> Romanshorn)
4. Anna DeLozier (U.S.A.) in 3 hours 5 minutes on 23 June 2016 in 21° C (FN -> Romanshorn)
5. Mäx Beer (Austria) in 3 hours 20 minutes on 30 August 2014 in 17°C ( FN -> Romanshorn)
6. Katie Benoit (U.S.A.) in 3 hours 23 minutes on 30 August 2014 in 19°C (FN -> Romanshorn)
7. Jürgen Rechberger (Germany) in 3 hours 35 minutes on 22 August 2015 in 22°C (FN -> Romanshorn)
8. Hamza Bakircioglu (Turkey) in 3 hours 37 minutes on 10 June 2016 in 18°C (FN -> Romanshorn)
9. Katie Benoit (U.S.A.) in 3 hours 52 minutes on 30 August 2014 in 19°C (Romanshorn -> FN)
10. Stefan Jung (Germany) in 4 hours 14 minutes on 19 July 2014 in 23°C (FN -> Romanshorn)
11. Katie Benoit (U.S.A.) in 4 hours 22 minutes on 30 August 2014 in 19°C (FN -> Romanshorn)
12. Mirjam Sound (Germany in 4 hours 30 minutes on 4 July 2015 in 27°C (Romanshorn -> FN)
13. Stefan Jung (Germany) in 4 hours 31 minutes on 28 June 2015 in 21°C (FN -> Romanshorn)
14. Jacqueline Kempfer (Germany) in 4 hours 32 minutes on 25 August 2014 in 19°C (Romanshorn -> FN)
15. Meik Kotwitz (Germany) in 4 hours 35 minutes on 17 July 2014 in 22°C (FN -> Romanshorn)
16. Patrick Raguse (Germany) in 4 hours 36 minutes on 12 August 2014 in 23°C (Romanshorn -> FN)
17. Patrick Hotz (Germany) in 4 hours 48 minutes on 6 September 2015 in 20°C (Romanshorn -> FN)
18. Peggy Henning (Germany) in 4 hours 52 minutes on 12 September 2015 in 20°C (FN -> Romanshorn)
19. Bruno "ORCA" Dobelmann (Germany) in 4 hours 58 minutes on 24 May 2012 in 16°C (FN -> Romanshorn)
20. Wigald Boning (Germany) in 7 hours 24 minutes on 16 July 2014 in 21°C (FN -> Romanshorn)

Bodensee-Breitenquerungen im Neoprenanzug Crossing[edit]

1. Severin Hummer in 2 hours 51 minutes on 24 June 2013 in 15°C (direction Friedrichshafen -> Romanshorn)
2. Ulrich Vormbrock in 3 hours 12 minutes on 12 August 2014 in 23°C (Romanshorn -> Friedrichshafen)
3. Jürgen Lederer in 4 hours 10 minutes on 17 September 2014 in 18°C (Friedrichshafen -> Romanshorn)
4. Ralf Kalkbrenner in 4 hours 39 minutes on 11 September 2012 in 21°C (Romanshorn -> Friedrichshafen)
5. Svenja Holzinger in 7 hours 9 minutes on 24 May 2015, in 15°C (Friedrichshafen -> Romanshorn)

Videos[edit]

Bodensee Open Water Cup Events[edit]

1. Seequerung Konstanz - Meersburg held on 29 June 2019
2. Seequerung Lochau - Bregenz held on 6 July 2019
3. Lindau Seequerung held on 20 July 2019)
4. 5 km and 11 km Seequerung Bodensee-Openwater between Friedrichshafen, Germany and Romanshorn, Switzerland on 27 July 2019 limited to 50 swimmers

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