29. Lake crossing "Neusiedler See"



The classic lake crossing will be happening for the 29th time in 2020. For the first time in many years back in the classical direction from Mörbisch to Illmitz. This tends to be slightly easier, as the wind and thus the current from NW to Illmitz usually runs.


Illmitz- Mörbisch, 3.1 km

The competition for those who are looking for the special mystique of lake crossings.

Part of the Austrian Open Water Volkscup


Limit: 200 floats


The competition counts for the cup rating of the Austrian Open Water Majors with a factor of 1.0 and for the "Volkscup".


Note for the athletes: Lake Neusiedl has special pitfalls. Especially wind, waves and currents can be dangerous. From about 20 knots there is a pre-warning / flashing signals, then storm warning. In storm warning or severe weather warning, there will be definitely no start.


Athletes, can decide at any time in Mörbisch or Illmitz not to start due to weather conditions and can convert this against a start at the 1.9 km at the later NMT.


If the crossing of the lake is canceled, the competition will take place at a distance of 3 km at 16.30 in the protected area of the lake island (weather permitting).


floating buoys

For the two lake crossings buoy duty applies to non-swimmers. These are provided by HEAD for free.

The organizer reserves the right to require buoys for all participants depending on weather conditions. (This is especially known at higher wind speeds, currents or waves in consultation with the water rescue).

Schedule, Friday

Registration lake crossing 18.00 - 19.15

Race briefing: 19.15


Charity evening in the beach house - free - with redemption of the meal



Boat leaves to Mörbisch at the Drescher linen 8:30/8:45

Subsequent registration: 7.45 - 8.00 am

Hand over the clothing bag until 9.25 am at the boat in Illmitz 

Competition meeting: 9.30 am


Check in: on the bridge to the lake island

Competition: 9.45 - 12.00

Collection of clothing bag: from 10.45 at the registration in Mörbisch

Award ceremony: from 12.00 (depending on the last participant)


Attention for companions: Ticket for the escort and back can be purchased at a special price upon registration.

Departure: 8.30


Classification: is rated in the 5 AK as overall rating

16-22, 23-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 + 


Award ceremony: the first 3 of each age group m / w are honored. The overall winners receive cups.


Registration opens up on the 1.1.2020


participants package

  • Free entrance to the bathroom
  • Free parking
  • Starterbag with bathing cap
  • Finisher medals in all competitions
  • Finisher T-shirt or towel for all participants at the lake crossing
  • A bottle of Mörbischer quality wine for the starters of the Open 'Water combined rating "Queen & King of the lake"
  • 1 ferry ticket for sea crossing 3,1km,
  • HEAD swimming buoy
  • discounted ferry ticket for companions around € 7 round trip.
  • Clothing transport (at the lake crossing)
  • Finisher snacks
  • Voucher for food at beach house "Seebad Mörbisch"
  • Supporting Program - Charity
  • Mass movement
  • water rescue
  • Accompanying boats for water safety
  • First aid

Registration fees (for the first time chip and online registration included)


lake crossing Mörbisch-Illmitz 3.1 km


until 28.2. | 40 €

until 14.5. | 45 €

until 18.6. | 50 €

late registration | + 5 €


Chip: the rent is 3 Euro (included in the price in 2019) plus 20 Euro deposit. The deposit will be returned after delivery of the loan chip.


Attention Cup ranking Austrian Open Water Majors:

In 2019, the lake crossing in the Austrian Open Water Cup will be rated 1.0 in the rating

Attention safety rules


The organizer reserves the right to postpone the competition by 1 or 2 hours in the event of excessive swell, current or dangerous weather conditions at the lake, or to complete the competition on the more protected track of the TRI Challenge with 3 laps a for approx. 1km.


Alternatively, if athletes opt out of official starts, the starting ticket may be exchanged for a ticket over 1.9 on the same NMT in the sheltered bay.


Buoys are set every 500 m and depending on the current, are likely to pass on the right.


The rules of the Austria Open Water Majors apply, i.a. regarding water temperature and neoplasm below 18 degrees and neo-prohibition over 24 degrees.


The temperatures are announced in advance.


floating buoys

For the two lake crossings buoy duty applies to non-club-swimmers. These are provided by HEAD for free.


Depending on the weather conditions, the organizer reserves the right to require ground clearance for all participants. (This is especially known at higher wind speeds, currents or waves in consultation with the water rescue).



Seebad Seearena Morbisch - Illmitz 3,1 km


Map lake crossing


Each participant of the lake crossing receives a T-shirt / towel / Slingbag


Archive of the lake crossing