Beautiful Shots of Berliners Sunbathing Nude on Their Lunch Break If you’re in Europe and you’re reading this, there’s...
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CNN reported recently that Germans by and large are very comfortable in their skin. In fact the report suggests...
“Germans are often considered to be more at one with nature than us prudish Brits,” the Mail Online commented.
Atlantic Cities reaches an interesting conclusion: “Allowing nude sunbathing in these six places, Munich is in many ways only acknowledging a practice that has gone on for years.”
In fact, Germany has allowed nude beaches since 1920, and in Munich the Englischer Garten has been a place for people hanging out in the buff since the 1960s. Its “Beautiful Meadow” area, Schonfeldweise, is considered a must-visit for nudist tourists.
Also a number of spots along some of the islands over the Isar River that runs through the city are public nudist refuges.
The answer they came up with is a qualified yes. People in Munich are now officially welcome to go naked provided they restrict themselves to six designated areas across the city. While these areas’ locations in parkland gives them a degree of seclusion, none of them are fenced off or hidden away. One spot is barely ten minutes from Munich’s main square, located along a stream to which tourists flock
In officially allowing nude sunbathing in these six places, Munich is in many ways only acknowledging a practice that has gone on for years. It’s long been common to see people hanging out in the buff in the city’s beautiful Englischer Garten and in spots along the meandering, island-filled Isar River. Indeed, the practice is common across Germany, where the first naturist beach was set up back in 1920. In the former East Germany, the activity is more popular still, possibly because the longtime absence of strong religious influence there made people less anxious about it.
Curator’s note: Very good read regarding the German approach to being clothes free a relief from city life to return to nature.
The first thing we noticed was that — as hip and stylish as everyone claimed it would be — the pool was filled with people of all ages, adults and children, having a grand family-friendly time. The second thing was that everyone else — every single person — was wearing a bathing suit. There was no nudity to be found, except for the three completely bare Americans that were we. Somehow we misunderstood the simple Deutsch dictate, whereby it’s completely acceptable to swim naked outside, and saunas must only be visited nude, but when swimming at an indoor pool in a naked sauna, a bathing suit must always be worn.
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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