This open-minded attitude to the naked body started in the 19th century, when Scandinavian-style steam baths became popular; then, in the late 20th century nudity became widely accepted on beaches, in city parks and on walking trails. Recent years have seen a decline of nakedness in such outdoor settings, but the unadorned body is still the standard at bathhouses. Each bathhouse, generally containing the German word bad bath in its name, will have a clothed area centred on a swimming pool, much like any municipal fitness centre. In a separate area, accessible for an additional fee, will be a spa facility of saunas and heated pools.
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The (bare) nuts and bolts
Had a wonderful swim in the most interesting local swimming pool ever and had a great beer in the cafe afterwards. Such a novelty swimming in an art noveau inspired building. There are two different pools - one is without lane separators with warmer water, the other one is for lane swim, colder wanter. The entrance to pool area only is around 4 euros. The entrance to the spa is The spa is good on a cold day, but coming from North America I felt really uncomfortable having no clothes in a unisex area, so I sneaked in wearing a swimsuit under my towel. I was there on Monday, which was a quiet day with only a couple people around. This will probably not work on a busy day. If you feel uncomfortable, I would advise not to go to the sauna, however it could also turn out to be an interesting experience from your visit to Munich. As someone mentioned, floor is very hot in dry rooms, I tip toed it, but wearing flip flops is a good idea.
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Trunks are usually not allowed for hygiene reasons and would be considered ridiculous anyway. They just take it down when they actually sit down on the bench and with the great great in the actual room nobody really cares. It's not an environment conductive to erotic thoughts in any way. Sitting there most people keep a kind of modest pose anyway.
GoNomad 3. My partner, who was born and raised in Germany, explained to me in his patient and slightly condescending European manner that I had a lot of bunk in my head about the reality of these saunas, or spas as they are more broadly referred to. Because I had, to this point, held a certain discomfort about him attending these spas on his various trips home without me. There is nothing sexual about it. You Canadians are so uptight about the body. Now, I am not sure people in Canada he refers to because this Canadian is pretty relaxed about her body. A Romanian Nude Spa Tour! And, I think, how do I separate my sexuality from my body?