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  Germany, East 
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GERMANY, EAST

Berlin    
Brandenburg    
Sachsen   Chemnitz
Dresden
Leipzig
Sachsen-Anhalt    
Thüringen    


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      MAP

      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.

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

NUDE BEACHES

      Bullenwinkel, Grunewaldsee   52.4713, 13.2624 

      Halensee   52.4959, 13.2830 

      Teufelsee   52.4905, 13.2334 

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

NUDE BEACHES

      Volkspark Friedrichshain   52.5273, 13.4291 

FKK LAWNS / TERRACES

      FKK Lawn at Sommerbad Kreuzberg   52.4978, 13.4001 

Marzahn-Hellersdorf

NUDE BEACHES

      Habermannsee   52.4941, 13.5954 

Mitte

NUDE BEACHES

      Strandbad Plötzensee   52.5443, 13.3283 

      Tuntenwiese, Tiergarten   52.5126, 13.3494 

Reinickendorf

NUDE BEACHES

      Strandbad Lübars   52.6178, 13.3327 

Steglitz-Zehlendorf

NUDE BEACHES

      Krumme Lanke   52.4475, 13.2313 

      Strandbad Wannsee   52.4405, 13.1769 

Treptow-Köpenick

NUDE BEACHES

      Strandbad Grünau   52.4072, 13.6172 

      Strandbad Müggelsee   52.4467, 13.6690 



BRANDENBURG      MAP

      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.

NUDE BEACHES

      Bernsteinsee *   52.6979, 13.2295 

      Godnasee   52.1340, 13.9677 

      Grünewalder Lauch   51.5111, 13.6652 

      Heiliger See *   52.4166, 13.0766 

      Helenesee   52.2682, 14.4793 

      Kiessee *   52.6530, 13.3839 

      Nymphensee *   52.5831, 13.0229 

      Ruhlsdorfer Kiessee   52.8160, 13.5701 

      Senftenberger See, Buchwalde   51.5115, 14.0293 

      Senftenberger See, Familienpark   51.4961, 14.0459 

      Senftenberger See, Südsee   51.4795, 14.0023 

      Strand Malge   52.3728, 12.4804 

      Waldbad Templin *   52.3590, 13.0206 

NATURIST RETREATS

     Camping Tonsee    52.2561, 13.6701     G
          Bestensee

     Campingplatz in Bantikow am See    52.9297, 12.4483     G, E
          Bantikow

     FKK Herzsprung    52.9693, 13.9830     G
          Herzsprung (Angermünde)

     Naturcamping in der Schorfheide    52.9448, 13.7887     G
          Althüttendorf

     Seecamp Malge    52.3715, 12.4702     G, E
          Brandenburg an der Havel



SACHSEN (Saxony)

      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.

Chemnitz      MAP

      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.

NUDE BEACHES

      Filzteich   50.5729, 12.6088 

      Neuer Teich   50.8080, 13.3188 

      Schwemmteiche Sayda   50.6959, 13.4487 

      Stausee Oberwald   50.8254, 12.6553 

      Stausee Rabenstein   50.8386, 12.8098 

      Talsperre Pöhl   50.5440, 12.1951 

FKK LAWNS / TERRACES

      FKK Lawn at Freibad Plauen-Haselbrunn   50.5252, 12.1240 

      FKK Lawn at Strandbad Planitz   50.6830, 12.4648 

      FKK Lawn at Südpark   50.2734,12.2458 

      FKK Lawn at Sumpfmühlenbad Hetzdorf   50.9684, 13.4543 

Dresden      MAP

      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.

NUDE BEACHES

      Badesee Birkwitz   50.9769, 13.8919 

      Badesee Coswig-Kötitz   51.1232, 13.5595 

      Das Lössnitzbad   51.1050, 13.6075 

      Knappensee   51.3789, 14.3231 

      Luftbad Dölzschen   51.0252, 13.6979 

      Olbersdorfer See   50.8879, 14.7770 

      Ottendorf-Okrilla Kiesgrube   51.1971, 13.8190 

      Stausee Bautzen   51.2024, 14.4524 

      Stauseebad Cossebaude   51.0907, 13.6203 

      Strandbad Wostra   51.0014, 13.8673 

FKK LAWNS / TERRACES

      FKK Lawn at Das Bilzbad   51.1232, 13.6471 

      FKK Lawn at Erlebnisbad Dorfhain   51.1232, 13.6471 

NATURIST RETREATS

     Campingplatz Biehainer Sonnefreunde    51.2853, 14.94046     G
          Biehain

     Campingplatz Halbendorfersee    51.5333, 14.5749     G
          Halbendorf

     Waldteichfreunde Volkersdorf    51.1456, 13.7169     G, E, D
          Moritzburg

Leipzig      MAP

      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.

NUDE BEACHES

      Cospudener See   51.2845, 12.3367 

      Kulkwitzer See   51.3040, 12.2535 

      Naturbad Luppa   51.3391, 12.9770 

NATURIST RETREATS

     Freizeit- und Erholungszentrum Eilenburg    51.4727, 12.6794     G
          Eilenburg



SACHSEN-ANHALT (Saxony-Anhalt)      MAP

      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.

NUDE BEACHES

      Bergwitzsee Halbinsel   51.7818, 12.5747 

      Freizeitpark Pirkau, Mondsee   51.1350, 12.1305 

      Halberstädter See   51.9119, 11.0846 

      Strandbad Arendsee   52.8949, 11.4994 

      Strandbad Hasse-See   51.2549, 11.9114 

      Strandbad Heidesee   51.4867, 11.8953 

      Strandbad Kelbra   51.4308, 11.0174 

      Strandbad Neustädter See   52.1772, 11.6492 



THÜRINGEN (Thuringia)      MAP

      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.

NUDE BEACHES

      Bergsee Ratscher   50.4926, 10.7878 

      Nordstrand   51.0001, 11.0535 

      Stausee Hohenfelden   50.8790, 11.1791 

      Strandbad Stotternheim   51.0492, 11.0515 

FKK LAWNS / TERRACES

      FKK Lawn at Freibad Dietzhausen   50.6029, 10.6017 

      FKK Lawn at Freibad Hammergrund   50.6812, 10.8929 

      FKK Lawn at Freibad Rudolstadt   50.7150, 11.3364 

      FKK Lawn at Freibad Stadtroda   50.8608, 11.7394 

      FKK Lawn at Freizeitbad Finsterbergen   50.8393, 10.5826 

      FKK Lawn at Schwimmbad Mosbach   50.9404, 10.3398 

      FKK Lawn at Waldbad Rückersdorf   50.7324, 11.4784 

      FKK Lawn at Waldbad Ruhla   50.8772, 10.3726 

      FKK Terrace at Dreienbrunnenbad   50.9621, 11.0108 

NATURIST RETREATS

     Camping bei Jena    50.9735, 11.6487     G
          Neuengönna




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