A group of German nudists are up in arms after being ordered to cover up in preparation for the arrival of a new refugee shelter bordering the lake where they swim. Members of the Familiensport und FKK Bund Waldteichfreunde Moritzburg club have been swimming naked at a secluded campsite north of Dresden for more than years but have now been told to wear bathing suits. Accommodation to house asylum seekers is being built on the opposite shore of the lake, where notices have been sent with rules written in German, Albanian, Arabic and Farsi.
Please refresh the page and retry. A German politician has said "the time is right" for a revival of nudist culture across the country, blaming the West's "slightly pornographic look" for its decline. But if you never see it, it's more unusual, and you get big eyes".
People relax in the sun at Munich's English Garten park in this June 28, file photo. Much to the chagrin of Free Body Culture FKK enthusiasts who have been stripping off their clothing on beaches and parks since the early s, a cold wind has been blowing across Germany for nudists and their numbers are steadily dwindling. There are someregistered nudists and a total of seven million Germans sunbathe naked regularly.
Enjoying the sun 'without textiles' is a proud German tradition stretching back to the nineteenth century. There are now only 50, FKK members in Germanyhalf the number of the movement's s heyday - and most are pretty wrinkly. I'm not very optimistic. The FKK combined Germans' willingness to discard their clothes with an enjoyment of the outdoors and the fun of working in a team to set up club houses and campsites.
It endorses a naturistic approach to sports and community living. Behind that is the joy of the experience of nature or also of being nude itself, without direct relationship to sexuality. The followers of this culture are called traditional naturistsFKK'ler, or nudists.
By Birge Amondson. Germany is known for its relaxed attitude towards nudity especially in the east. Most German saunas are nude and co-ed, topless sunbathing at parks and swimming pools is pretty common, and you'll find many designated nude beaches where you can sun your buns.
Naturism is a cultural and political movement practicing, advocating and defending social nudity in private and in public. German naturism was part of the Lebensreform movement and the Wandervogel youth movement offrom SteglitzBerlin which promoted ideas of fitness and vigour. At the same time doctors of the Natural Healing Movement were using heliotherapytreating diseases such as TBrheumatism and scrofula with exposure to sunlight.
And 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall this November 9, the habit is still going strong, and has even attracted a loyal band of followers from what was West Germany to the beaches of the east. With life so tightly controlled in other ways — no freedom of speech, little freedom to travel, the Stasi secret police spying on citizens — FKK was a rare liberty that people made full use of in the GDR. Nowhere was this more evident than here in Prerow, a picturesque seaside town kilometres miles north of Berlin, with its long, pristine beaches, sand dunes and crystal-clear, if chilly, water.