That said, it's not permitted to strip everywhere. Berlin public parks have FKK areas: the famous Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg, the Volkspark Friedrichshain and the Tiergarten, and it's permitted to get naked on all Berlin's public bathing beaches, such as at Wannsee or the Mueggelsee. Nude scenes in GDR movies appeared long before the first naked people appeared in Hollywood films. Even now I'm comfortable with getting naked in the sauna or gym changing room. The Nazi era brought mixed fortunes for nudism, its ongoing popularity tempered by a moral clampdown. The first nude beach in Germany was established in on the island of Sylt.
Elsie. Age: 21.
Even as the country was being split asunder in , some in the West were busy founding the Association for Free Body Culture -- an organization that today is part of the German Olympic Sport Federation and the largest member of the International Naturist Federation.
Haylee. Age: 32.
Nudity in Germany: Here's the naked truth
Walking around naked in public areas where most other people are dressed counts as a minor breach of the law. For those who like to put some distance between themselves and the next naked bather, Germany's largest Baltic island, Ruegen, has no fewer than five FKK beaches. FKK clubs have complained about shedding members, in east Germany especially, since the Berlin Wall came down. There was also, of course, an official socialist institution with a long, uninspiring name. Maybe in today's Germany there's no longer a need for demonstrating liberty and freedom by shedding our clothes. Forget sausages and beer, the sign of true German-ness is publicly disrobing with absolutely zero self-consciousness.