If you are planning a visit to the saunas and thermal baths in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and many other eastern European countries, the bath areas are shared, and textilfrei: No clothing is allowed in the bath area. For English-speakers, the idea that you need to shed all of your clothes and walk around naked among strangers, friends and co-workers can be a bit disconcerting — We have been programmed to equate our bodies with shame and nudity with sexuality.
In Europe, the sauna is a place to relax and socialize where everyone is equal. Part of that equality comes from being naked: everyone knows that you have nothing to hide.
To help show this, the Dutch production company Cake TV made the short film Naakt (Naked) in 2006 about a young boy’s first visit to the sauna with his mother. From personal experience, it is an accurate depiction of a visit to a textilfrei sauna.
This movie was originally shown at the 2006 Utrecht Film Festival and later broadcast on Dutch television. Were this to be broadcast in the USA, after the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” hoopla, this just might cause the entire FCC to explode. If you are reading this at work, it might be a very good idea to wait until you get home to watch it.
We are encouraged that SaunaScape readers are a fairly tolerant group. In our poll started two years ago, 86% of you would bare it all and head right in like a native if you encountered a nudist sauna at your hotel.
We have tried to find information about which sauna Naakt was filmed in. If you know, please let us know in the comments.
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