At first glance, German culture may seem to consist mostly of currywurst, Christmas markets and beer festivals. Perhaps less well known is the equally ubiquitous tradition of people freely taking their clothes off without the slightest coyness or concern about being judged. Today an estimated , people are registered with private nudist clubs in Germany. There are almost of these establishments, so being naked and celebrating your natural skin is clearly more than some obscure trend.
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Germany is known for its relaxed attitude towards nudity especially in the east. Most German saunas are nude and co-ed, topless sunbathing at parks and swimming pools is pretty common, and you will find many designated nude beaches where you can sun your buns. Even on television it is common to run into much more nudity than in more socially conservative places like the USA. No place is safe for the prudish eye so just relax and acquaint yourself with the standards of nudism in Germany. Who knows? Maybe you will even feel comfortable enough to participate. The purpose of nudism or naturism in Germany is non-erotic and non-sexual. Any sexual activity on a nude beach is illegal and nude sites in Germany are actually quite family-friendly. German nudism aims to promote a free and healthy lifestyle close to nature with the benefits of a positive body image.
Just as their trains are run with efficiency, their rules are made with reason. This fact of life is so sensible no local would dare stray from the path of cultural competence. So, if you see a sign that says "FKK," the proper German thing to do is take off all your clothes. This community-based form of naturism started in the late 19th century when Germans began exploring nudity as a means to improve their mental and physical well-being. Germany's first nude beach opened on the northern island of Sylt in Adolf Koch, a Berlin -born schoolteacher and early FKK advocate, led the naturism movement in post-World War I Germany by opening 13 training facilities devoted to nude athletics. The Nazi regime shut Koch's schools and largely curtailed the practice due to its socialist sentiments, but naturism quickly regained popularity after the war. Related article: All the questions you're too embarrassed to ask about naturism. Communist rulers in Eastern Germany also attempted to put a kibosh on naturism in the midth century, but people fought back, and nude beaches were legalized again in Inland lakes and stretches of the Baltic coastline became favorite naturist outposts.