Sunbathing in the Nude…

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… is tabu in many locations, but no problem for citizens in Munich, as reported by Toni Jones in the Daily Mail on April 14, 2014.

Germans are often considered to be more at one with nature than us prudish Brits. And now residents of the country’s third-largest city have been given the go ahead to strip off for all over sunbathing sessions in six designated spaces.

Six Urban Naked Zones are located in parkland, offering privacy, but also only minutes away from the busy city centre. The ‘zones’ were introduced following the expiry of state-wide laws controlling nude sunbathing last year.

The city’s huge public park Englischer Garten has been a nudist hang-out since the 1960s, with its Schönfeldwiese (‘beautiful meadow’) area being earmarked by nudist travel site naturisttravel.net as one of the must-visit places in the country.

Sunbathing nude Munich
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They say: “From the origins of the modern-day naturist movement to naked airlines and naked hotels, a lot has been written about the Germans’ fondness for taking their clothes off in public. For much of the population of Munich, it’s almost part of their DNA.

“Whenever the sun is out, you’ll find Münchner of all ages, shapes and sizes catching some rays as nature intended. It’s considered as much the perfect lunchtime escape from the stresses of a busy day for office workers as it a place for friends and families to gather at weekends, and the atmosphere is always convivial and laid-back.

“This being Germany, there’s no embarrassment whatsoever about the fact that everybody is naked – the park is named the English Garden because of the original style of the horticulture, not as an ironic way of poking fun at traditional British prudery.”

Clothing-optional sun-seeking has been a common practice across Germany since the first fully naturist beach was set up in 1920.

Maybe the organisers of the next International Sannyas Reunion in Munich should consider those venues in their planning!

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