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The gold bar that was found by a teenager when swimming in a lake near Berchtesgaden

A teenager has made an unexpected find while swimming in a lake in the German Alps – a 500g bar of gold (NZD$27,330).

Police said they are still trying to figure out where the bar comes from and how it got into the Koenigssee lake, a popular tourist destination near Berchtesgaden on the border with Austria.

The 16-year-old girl, who was on holiday, found it about two metres (6.5ft) under the surface on 7 August and handed it in to police.

Divers have carried out a thorough search of the area around where the bar was found, but did not find any more gold or other valuables.

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