The area that we have designated as Eastern Germany includes four states—Brandenburg, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen— that were once part of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), popularly known in English simply as East Germany. Also included in this section is the city-state of Berlin, which was partly in the GDR before reunification. (The other state that was part of the GDR, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, is classified under Northern Germany
Berlin is the largest city in Germany, and this once famously divided city is also one of the country's sixteen states. This city-state has a population of nearly 3.5 million, and it covers an area comparable to that of the five boroughs of New York City. Speaking of boroughs, Berlin is divided into 12 similar divisions called Bezirken, and the listings below are sorted by borough. The central district of the city is the borough of Mitte. Berlin is completely surrounded by the state of Brandenburg, and urban areas outside the city limits contribute almost a million more people to the metro population.
Contrary to what may be expected in such a metropolis, it is not necessary to leave the city to escape the city, whether it is nude or textile recreation you are seeking. A surprisingly large portion of Berlin's territory is covered by forests, parks and water, with two rivers (the Spree and the Havel) forming a chain of lakes in the city. Berlin has more urban nudist locales than any other city in the world, and all of them are within reasonable reach of the city's extensive urban transit network. Two lakeshore FKK sites that offer the biggest sandy beaches are each about 22 kilometers from the city center, but in different directions. Strandbad Wannsee is in the far southwest of the city (accessible by S-bahn), while Strandbad Müggelsee is is the far southeast (accessible by S-bahn, with a transfer to a tram). Strandbad Plötzensee also offers a sandy nude beach area much closer to the city center, but it is considerably smaller than the other two sandy beaches. The most centrally located FKK site in Berlin is Tuntenwiese, a meadow in the Tiergarten (Berlin's large central park) that is visited almost exclusively by gay men, and nude bathers are also a common sight at Volkspark Friedrichshain, another centrally located park that was the major park of East Berlin when the city was divided.
A few kilometers south and west of the Tiergarten, Halensee has a very popular FKK meadow that is easily reached by S-bahn. Moving farther south and west beyond Halensee, there is a huge forest park called Forst Grunewald that has three FKK areas. The most popular of these is Teufelsee, a small lake that is easily reached by car but otherwise requires a walk or bike ride of about 2 kilometers from the closest transit stop. Other locations in Forst Grunewald are Bullenwinkel at Grunewaldsee, which also requires a good bit of walking, and Krumme Lanke, which is close to a U-bahn station. Besides Strandbad Müggelsee, a few other FKK options in the far east of the city are Habermannsee and Strandbad Grünau, both of which are about 10 minutes on foot from the nearest tram stop. Another FKK location is a small meadow at Strandbad Lübars in the far north of the city, just a few hundred meters from the city limits and what used to be the wall, which has all but disappeared without a trace. If you plan to venture beyond the city limits of Berlin, there are more FKK locations close to the city in the surrounding state of Brandenburg, including a few that are just beyond the city limits.
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FKK Lawn at Sommerbad Kreuzberg
Brandenburg is a state shaped like a doughnut. The hole in the middle is Berlin, which is an independent city-state even though the urban area of Berlin spills over into the state that completely surrounds it. In fact, of the approximately 2.5 million residents of Brandenburg, about 40% live within Berlin's metropolitan sphere. The five sites below that are marked with a blue asterisk (*) are Berlin suburban locations, all within 40 kilometers of the city center. The other sites are a bit farther afield. Of these, particularly of note are Senftenberger See, a large recreation lake in the far south of Brandenburg with three FKK beaches scattered around its lakeshore, and Helenesee, a lake near the Polish border that has more than one kilometer of shoreline available for nude bathing.
Heiliger See *
Senftenberger See, Buchwalde
Senftenberger See, Familienpark
Senftenberger See, Südsee
Waldbad Templin *
Campingplatz in Bantikow am See
Naturcamping in der Schorfheide
Brandenburg an der Havel
Sachsen, better known to English speakers as Saxony, is located in the corner of Germany that borders Poland and the Czech Republic. It is the most populous of the states that used to be part of East Germany. There is an exceptional number of FKK locations that are in or near Saxony's three largest cities—Dresden, Leipzig and Chemnitz. Each of these cities is the principal city of the region of the same name.
Stausee Rabenstein is located toward the northwestern edge of the city of Chemnitz, making it the most urban of the six nude beach sites below, and Stausee Oberwald is a short drive west of the city. In the far southwest of Saxony, near the borders of two other states (Bavaria and Thüringen) and the Czech Republic, Talsperre Pöhl is one of the largest and most popular FKK locations in all of Germany.
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FKK Lawn at Freibad Plauen-Haselbrunn
FKK Lawn at Strandbad Planitz
FKK Lawn at Südpark
FKK Lawn at Sumpfmühlenbad Hetzdorf
Located near the border of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, the city of Dresden offers quite an assortment of nude bathing options. The most centrally located FKK site is Luftbad Dölzschen, just five kilometers from the city center. This is a public outdoor swimming pool set aside just for naturists, and there is also a large FKK sunning lawn. In the southeast part of the city, Strandbad Wostra is a lovely sandy beach on a small lake that is also set aside just for naturists. At both Luftbad Dölzschen and Strandbad Wostra, swimsuits are not allowed. Just southeast of the city limits in the neighboring district of Pirna, Badesee Birkwitz is a very popular swimming lake where nudists and textiles mix along the entire shoreline. Such is also the case at Ottendorf-Okrilla Kiesgrube, a collection of quarry ponds located a few kilometers beyond the northern edge of the city. Stauseebad Cossebaude, Das Lössnitzbad and Badesee Coswig-Kötitz present a cluster of nude bathing options in the northwest part of Dresden and in the neighboring district of Meissen. The remaining sites listed below—Knappensee, Stausee Bautzen and Olbersdorfer See—are all located farther away from the city, toward Poland.
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FKK Lawn at Das Bilzbad
FKK Lawn at Erlebnisbad Dorfhain
Campingplatz Biehainer Sonnefreunde
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Leipzig has two designated FKK sites, both in the southwestern part of the city near the city limits. At Kulkwitzer See, part of the grassy lakeshore is designated as FKK, while Cospudener See offers a large, sandy FKK beach. Naturbad Luppa is in a more rural setting, just under an hour's drive east of the city.
Freizeit- und Erholungszentrum Eilenburg
Sachsen-Anhalt, or Saxony-Anhalt in English, is among the least urbanized states of Germany. The two largest cities, Magdeburg and Halle an der Saale, are similar in size, each with a population of under 250,000. The two most urban FKK locations are Strandbad Neustädter See, located toward the north end of Magdeburg, and Strandbad Heidesee, located toward the eastern edge of Halle an der Saale. The other FKK locations listed below are scattered in smaller towns throughout the state.
Freizeitpark Pirkau, Mondsee
Strandbad Neustädter See
Like neighboring Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen—often called Thuringia in English—is not heavily urbanized. Of the four nude beach listings below, two of them—Nordstrand and Strandbad Stotternheim—are within the urban limits of Erfurt, a small city that is Thuringia's capital and largest city. The FKK beach at Stausee Hohenfelden, which is roughly equidistant from Erfurt and Weimar, has the perk of being next door to a small water park with deluxe textile-free sauna facilities. Bergsee Ratscher is the closest FKK location to the Thuringian Forest (Thüringer Wald), a small chain of verdant Appalachian-like mountains that is the Thuringia's most prominent geographic feature. Thuringia also has an above-average number of Freibäder—public outdoor swimming complexes—that have separate FKK sunbathing areas.
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FKK Lawn at Freibad Dietzhausen
FKK Lawn at Freibad Hammergrund
FKK Lawn at Freibad Rudolstadt
FKK Lawn at Freibad Stadtroda
FKK Lawn at Freizeitbad Finsterbergen
FKK Lawn at Schwimmbad Mosbach
FKK Lawn at Waldbad Rückersdorf
FKK Lawn at Waldbad Ruhla
FKK Terrace at Dreienbrunnenbad
Camping bei Jena