In public pools, children of all ages were allowed to run around naked all the 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. When you travel there, you'll see that baring all is normal in saunas, swimming pools, the park and on the 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.
Germans make an exhibition of going naked - Telegraph
The narrow spit of forest-covered land is fringed by a 6-mile beach of fine white sand lapped by the deep blue Baltic Sea. Kids splash in the gentle surf, couples stroll hand-in-hand along the shore, families picnic on herring and beer, a naked guy stands in line at the ice-cream trolley. In fact, there are naked people all over the place. Other countries set aside remote spots for naturists to indulge in their love of stripping bare.
But things are not always what they seem. Eager to be culturally proper with the naked-loving Germans, he, his wife and a friend of hers draped towels around their nude selves, just for the trip from the changing rooms to the thermal pool. Just as the three of them, buck naked, slid into the warm salt water, they noticed that all the other people in the pool were wearing their bathing suits. Until a relatively short time ago, there was a different stereotype applied to Germans:
At the same time doctors of the Natural Healing Movement were using heliotherapy , treating diseases such as TB , rheumatism and scrofula with exposure to sunlight. The term was coined in by Heinrich Pudor , who published a 3-volume treatise in connecting nudism, vegetarianism and social reform. However, its roots might go back as far as the s.