Since last autumn - when statewide laws stopping nude sunbathing expired - the issue of public nudity has been debated in the city. The six designated nudist areas are not fenced off or hidden away, although their location in parkland grants them a degree of privacy. Come back, Munich begs nudists. East German nudists let it all hang out. Nudists in call to youth as membership sags. The nudists who spoil our holiday retreat.
One of Germany’s largest cities has legalised public nudity
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So goes the general reaction in Europe these days to the news that the city of Munich has given enthusiastic approval to allowing naked people to stroll freely and to sunbathe in public spaces. The situation arose due to the recent expiration of legislation controlling nude sunbathing in Bavaria, of which Munich is the capital. City leaders had to decide whether to allow sun-seekers to strip in public. In fact, Germany has allowed nude beaches since , and in Munich the Englischer Garten has been a place for people hanging out in the buff since the s. Also a number of spots along some of the islands over the Isar River that runs through the city are public nudist refuges.
The truth is, it is quite normal to strip off all your clothes on a sunshiney day in Germany. Nudity is no big deal whether you be in the sauna , on the beach, or in a park. The practice of nude sunbathing in Munich has been going on unofficially for years, at least since the s and as far back as the s in other German locations like the island of Sylt. What better way to unwind from a busy day at the office than to take a mid-day snooze sans clothes in the park? But getting naked whenever you want is more of an East German thing than a buttoned-up Bavarian thing. Around , the city made six areas nude-friendly. Far from being tucked away where no one can see them, these nude areas are out in the open in some of the most popular areas in the city. And do not reach for your camera. While photography isn't forbidden, it is the height of uncool.
Cheers to baring all! Locals and visitors to Munich can bask in all their glory in six designated Urban Naked Zones located in parkland, many of which are just minutes from the city center. While Oktoberfest has stolen public-knowledge thunder for decades, public nudity has been a thing here since JFK days when its massive public park, The Englischer Garten, served as a nudist hang out. But while the nudity is only legal in specific parks, gay men still show some skin at the number of gay bars and clubs in the city. Gay-friendly Hotel Excelsior , an intimate boutique hotel near the Karlsplatz, offers pampering stays and is a short streetcar away from The Englischer Garten. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.