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Coronavirus: Fight over nude swimming marks return of pre-Covid life in Europe

There is no better sign we are moving on from coronavirus than being embroiled in a heated debate about nude swimming, and it has drawn national attention.

Lychen’s local council’s ban on naked swimming – and other activities such as naked yoga – has returned the town to the banalities of pre-coronavirus summers and earned it a spot on the national public broadcaster’s nightly newscast

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BadeLand Wolfsburg – My first experience of a German Sauna

BadeLand Wolfsburg – My first experience of a German Sauna Until you’ve sweated it out in a full-on German sauna, you can’t really claim to be a proper sauna aficionado. Happily it’s an experience I can now tick off my bucket list, courtesy of a free morning while on a work trip to Wolfsburg in…

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Inside Germany’s Thriving Nudist Culture

Inside Germany’s Thriving Nudist Culture Thousands of Germans take to the beach or the sauna — very public places — without wearing anything. Public nudity isn’t considered indecency, it’s considered culture. The nudist movement goes by the initials FKK, which stand for Freikörperkultur, or “free body culture.” For Germans, nudity isn’t always sexual, and FKK

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Why Germany’s nudist culture remains refreshing

Why Germany’s nudist culture remains refreshing From lakes to saunas and parks: Is Germany’s nudist culture, known as FKK, dying out or still making waves? It’s still strong enough to inspire a change of attitude for Berlin-based expats. At first glance it seems like a regular beach scene: Children running in and out the water,…

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Irish Saunas – 100 years behind

Irish Saunas – 100 years behind As we gathered at Dublin Airport on a cold damp, dark morning I found it hard to envisage that within a few short hours we would be sampling the delights of Europe’s largest spa, Therme Erding. Stepping off the plane at Munich Airport we were immediately taken aback by…

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FKK-DDR

FKK-DDR I found a tranche of photos online purporting to be examples of East German naturism (i.e. the DDR). I can’t vouchsafe for their authenticity, although one or two definitely are -the book and magazine covers in the first two photos. Another has a ‘DDR’ plate on a car. The car’s from East Germany, then,…

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Historia del Naturismo en Alemania

Historia del Naturismo en Alemania Historia del Naturismo en Alemania, por TravelBook, 29 de septiembre de 2017 (cedido a Focus y publicado en el número de dicembre 2017, Focus es la revista trimestral en PDF de la FNI-INF) Los Inicios del Naturismo en Alemania A veces el Naturismo todavía se le sitúa en el rincón…

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Fascinating Photos Of Europe’s Naked Hiking Culture (NSFW)

Fascinating Photos Of Europe’s Naked Hiking Culture (NSFW) Roshan Adhihetty is a Swiss photographer who joined a group of nude hikers on their various hiking trips across Europe. The series is called ‘Die Nacktwandere’, German for “the naked hike”. Shots feature tasteful depictions of average nature-lovers who simply prefer to hike naked. While Adhihetty never…

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Heroes of Naturism : Gerhard Riebicke

Heroes of Naturism : Gerhard Riebicke Gerhard Riebicke was a German photographer who photographed, amongst other things, the naturist movement of the 1920s/1930s, just before naturism entered its darkest hour, tainted by association, for a while, with the entire Nazi philosophy of young, energetic and Aryan. While some of his choreographed nude photography has a…