I will be staying at Moevenpick hotel in Berlin and was told that most Germans dont wear any clothing in the sauna. Is this true? That's true, but it is especially the case for the large sauna complexes Thermenwhere bathing suits are usually strictly prohibited in the sauna areas.
By Erin Porter. Spa visits are not a luxury but a necessity in Germany. The cornerstone of these visits is getting nude and sweating it
Berlin is a busy city. With 3,5 Million habitants and many visiting tourists, it can get crowded once in a while. Therefore it can be nice to slow down once in a while and enjoy a day of wellness.
I am sharing with you my first wellness experience in Berlin. I started Sunday with a morning rooftop yoga session followed by a spa day at Hotel de Rome. I often discussed with my friends about where could we go to spend a nice relaxing day in Berlin.
That one time was at touristy Tropical Island. I highly recommend it if you are also a spa novice. It is a full-on water park with slides and waterfalls and artificial beach front.
Feeling stressed, I needed to escape everything and relax, even if only for a few hours. At 20, square metres, the spa has everything from saunas to indoor and outdoor pools, private suites, a restaurant, bar, fitness facilities, and massage rooms. On weekend nights, you can expect a large queue with wait times up to minutes.
European spas are considerably more relaxed about nudity. It is quite different from the vibe in American spas, where even sitting in a co-ed lounge with a man can be uncomfortable for some. Would be great if the hotel could confirm for the pool if you can go nude there too? I packed my speedos just in case.
The spa is mixed and full of naked men and naked women of all ages and sizes together in one place! My eyes still have to recover from this cultural shock! Apart from that, the hotel is very decent.
When I moved to Berlin in the cold, gray winter some years back, one of the first things my German boyfriend suggested we do was go to a sauna. And although it was awkward and uncomfortable at first, I now think that going into a public sauna naked is a relaxing, culturally interesting experience that everyone in Berlin should try at least once. First off, being naked in public in Germany is no big deal.