First swimmers of the season walk into the water at the snowy beach of Strandbad Wannsee in Berlin
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Berlin swimmers brave snow for dip in lake

30 March 2013 Last updated at 02:15 GMT

Snowfall and near freezing temperatures did not deter a group of hardy Germans who opened Berlin's bathing season at the Wannsee lake.

Those who braved the conditions were offered a free sauna to warm up after they had been for their dip.

Joanne de Frias reports.