So as best I can tell, dw.com is an on-line magazine dedicated to helping ex-pats, especially Brits, understand life and culture in Germany. In this installment, they take on the cultural norms surrounding social nudity in Deutschland, along with a brief history thereof. An embedded slideshow walks you through the last one-hundred years of naked in Germany, and a video at the bottom of the post gives you a crash course in spa etiquette, just in case you don’t know enough German to translate the words “Texteil Frei.”
It’s a good piece, acknowledging that while the nudist days of the past may be over and done, the ever-growing spa culture has Germans from all walks of life asking the big question. “Why on earth would I wear a swimsuit for that?” Good point. Well taken.