Ice swimmers take the plunge in Berlin

If you thought run-of-the-mill polar bear dips were crazy, wait until you see what they do in Germany. The annual 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event organized by a group called the Berlin Seals draw costumed crowds who want to enjoy what they believe are the health benefits of taking winter plunges.

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts wade in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts wade in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts enter the cold waters of Orankesee lake next to a sign displaying air and water temperatures during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts enter the cold waters of Orankesee lake next to a sign displaying air and water temperatures during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts head into the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts head into the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast from Denmark dressed as a viking wades in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast from Denmark dressed as a viking wades in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast wades in the cold waters of Orankesee lake as another waves a toy evil rat in the air during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast wades in the cold waters of Orankesee lake as another waves a toy evil rat in the air during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast prepares to head into the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast prepares to head into the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Partial nudity) Ice swimming enthusiasts head to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Partial nudity) Ice swimming enthusiasts head to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts head to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts head to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast with a tattoo of Elvis wades in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast with a tattoo of Elvis wades in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast enters the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast enters the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts head to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts head to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast dressed as a frog heads to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast dressed as a frog heads to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts wade in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts wade in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts enter the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts enter the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts from Denmark dressed as vikings wade in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts from Denmark dressed as vikings wade in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts head to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts head to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts dressed as Neptune (L) and a carrot enter the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts dressed as Neptune (L) and a carrot enter the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast prepares to enter the cold waters of Orankesee lake next to a sign displaying air and water temperatures during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast prepares to enter the cold waters of Orankesee lake next to a sign displaying air and water temperatures during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

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