Germany's passion for clotheslessness finds its origins in lateth-century health drives when stripping off was seen as part of a route to fitness and sunbathing a possible cure for TB and rheumatism. Most FKK beaches on the coast will also have signs indicating textile-free zones. GDR border guards were tasked with training their binoculars on the FKK beach just over the border to observe the behavior of naked capitalists. Back home, there are many nudist camping areas to be found along Germany's coast and along the lake shores of the former GDR. Nevertheless, it remained popular, enjoying support among members of the paramilitary SS. Barely a decade later, the Berlin School of Nudism, founded to encourage mixed sex open-air exercises, hosted the first international nudity congress. Private FKK clubs welcome new members and offer trial memberships for beginners.
After the war, nudism was equally popular in both German states.
Retro German Romp in a Gym
Barely a decade later, the Berlin School of Nudism, founded to encourage mixed sex open-air exercises, hosted the first international nudity congress. East Germans were free to practice nudism and did so wherever possible: Nude scenes in GDR movies appeared long before the first naked people appeared in Hollywood films. Even now I'm comfortable with getting naked in the sauna or gym changing room. Divided by the Iron Curtain, united by nudity. Private FKK clubs welcome new members and offer trial memberships for beginners.