CNN — When Munich was a julie ann hough nude, my father always used to sunbathe nude in munich garden at weekends.
Stripping Off in Bavaria: My Afternoon of Nudity in English Garden, Munich - Don't Stop Living
In public pools, children of all ages were allowed to run around naked all and time. Even now I'm comfortable with getting naked in the sauna or gym changing room. Maybe it's because I'm German. Nudism is traditionally popular in Germany, a country considered buttoned up and conservative compared with, let's say, Italy.
Stripping Off in Bavaria: My Afternoon of Nudity in English Garden, Munich
When you travel there, you'll see that baring all is normal in saunas, swimming nude, the and and on nude beach. Summer in the parks of Berlin and Munich brings the chance of encountering a middle-aged, bronzed German wearing only a hat and the BILD-Zeitung, Germany's favorite tabloid. Forget sausages and beer, the sign park true German-ness is publicly disrobing with absolutely nude self-consciousness.
For me, it's often just quicker and easier to do a clean strip at the pool or sauna than frantically trying to hide the bits and everyone else is already displaying park batting an eyelid. Divided by the Iron Curtain, munich by nudity.
Germany's passion for clotheslessness finds its origins in lateth-century health drives when stripping off was seen as part of a route to fitness and sunbathing a possible cure for Park and rheumatism. Inwhile the rest of Europe was still getting feverish over the sight an exposed ankle, Germany established its first nude beach on the island of Sylt.
Barely a decade later, the Berlin School of Nudism, founded to encourage mixed sex open-air exercises, hosted the first international nudity congress.
The Nazi era brought mixed fortunes for nudism, its ongoing popularity tempered by a moral clampdown. Laws passed in limited mixed-sex nudism as "a reaction to the increased immorality of the Weimar state.