Our most frequent well-wishes for the New Year concern good health. The Czech Club of Hardy Men and Women swear they have found a perfect recipe for good health – swimming in cold water all year round. Their annual Polar Bear Dip in the Vltava attracts crowds of onlookers. The first event of this kind – now known as the Alfred Nikodém Memorial –took place in Prague in 1923 and was organized by Alfred Nikodém, a passionate advocate of the “hardy” lifestyle.


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