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Visiting public baths in Germany

Getting Naked With Strangers: The Baths of Baden-Baden

One of the long-standing traditions of German culture is to ‘take the baths.’ (And the saunas, but that’s another article.) Many cities have their own ‘baths’ and there are towns everywhere with the prefix “bad,” meaning bath. These are generally natural mineral baths, alleged to have curative powers, or at least health-enhancing properties. It is also tradition to take the baths naked. While some days or times may be set aside for one gender, as in Asian cultures, the majority of the time is co-ed.

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