The first time Michael Adamski saw his mother-in-law naked it was awkward. Adamski, a police officer in Berlin who investigates organised crime, first started going to a nudist camp at a lake outside Berlin after he met his wife, whose family owned a cabin there. One weekend, when he had just about gotten used to stripping in front of his in-laws, he bumped into the highest-ranking colonel in his precinct — who promptly challenged him to a game of table tennis. They have been on first-name terms ever since. Germans love to get naked. They have been getting naked in public for over years, when early naturists rebelled against the grime of industrialisation and then the mass slaughter of the first World War.
Why Germans love getting naked in public
‘Nudity is a great leveller’: Why Germans love to get naked
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VIDEO: Why do Germans love getting naked?
During summer in Germany — and all-year-round at saunas and spas — you are likely to see a lot of people without any clothes on. That's because nudism is traditionally very popular in the Bundesrepublik , arguably more so than many other places across the world. It's normal to see people in Germany baring all in saunas, some swimming pools, at the beach, at lakes and even at parks.
But, as the saying kind of goes, you never forget your first time confronted by public nudity. Later, after speaking with friends and acquiring a fairly questionable Google search history, I found out that stumbling across an au naturel enclave in a city park or beach is practically a rite of passage in Berlin. Stripping down to your essence in the natural world has historically been an act of both resistance and relief.