10 Best Nude Beaches in Germany

Nudism — or naturalism — is not unusual in Germany, particularly in the East. It is expected. Because of this, you'll find many nude beaches where you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing ​​au natural.

Being nude is seen as a requirement for good health whether it be in the sauna or a textilfrei (textile-free) beach. The FKK (Freikoerperkultur or "free body culture") movement appeared in tandem with the popularity of natural medicine in the 19th century and is said to cure common ailments from rheumatism to bronchitis.

Nude-friendly spots are usually marked with FKK or textilfrei, but people may bare it all everywhere from lakes in the forest ​to the shores of the North Sea. Here are the 10 best nude beaches in Germany.

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Island of Sylt

Island of Sylt beach view
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Address
Listlandstraße 133b, 25980 Kampen (Sylt), Germany
Phone
+49 4651 4996

The island of Sylt is known as the Königin der Nordsee (Queen of the North Sea). Located at the northernmost tip of Germany, it's famous for its healthy climate, spectacular dune landscape, and pristine beaches.

The first official nude beach in Germany, Buhne 16, was established in Sylt in 1920. Nearly a century later, it still draws nature-lovers and nudists. There are miles of fine sand beaches leading into rolling dunes and clear water. Far from overcrowded, at times there are more seals on the beach than people. 

If it is too chilly for the beach, you can still get naked at the saunas right by the water.

How to get to Sylt: The nearest international airport and major city is Hamburg. There are several direct trains from Hamburg as well as a car-ferry between the Danish port of Havneby and List, a town on the northern tip of Sylt. Alternatively, cars and buses can be loaded onto the train to cross at Hindenburg Damm.

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Wannsee, Berlin

Wannsee Lake Berlin beach
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Address
Wannseebadweg 25, 14129 Berlin, Germany
Phone
+49 30 8035450

The lake of Wannsee in west Berlin is one of the most popular recreation spots in the city. The prime "Lido of Berlin" boasts the longest inland Strandbad (sand beach) in Europe. For over 100 years the soft sand has been imported from the Baltic coast. This is the closest you can get to the sea in the city.

Its large clothes-free section allows visitors to relax in a traditional strandkorb (wicker beach chair), play a round of beach volleyball, or rent a paddle boat. There are playgrounds and a water slide for the kids as FKK is for all the family. Sink beneath the smooth waters to take a break from the sun, or if you need a break from the full nudity.

How to get to Wannsee: Located at Wannseebadweg 25,
14129 Berlin, the beach is well-connected by the city's public transport. Use the BVG trip planner.

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Island of Usedom

Ahlbeck resort on Usedom
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Despite its northern location, Usedom is known as the Sonneninsel (sunny island) for its 1,906 annual hours of sunshine. The island is divided between Germany and Poland and has resorts dotting its miles of beach. It has the longest beach promenade in Europe at seven miles (12 kilometers) from Bansin to Świnoujście.

Many of the buildings were constructed during the Victorian era so romantic 19th-century mansions, gardens, and piers add an elegance to the place. The Seebrücke is the oldest preserved pier in Germany and is an impressive 920 feet (280 meters) long.

Ahlbeck Beach is the primary nude beach of Usedom. Once popular with the higher-ups of the DDR in the 1950s, it is still open to the public.

How to get to Usedom: Usedom is well connected to the rest of Germany via the Usedomer Bäderbahn. Bridges connect the island via Züstrin (B 110) and in Wolgast (B111). It is about four hours by train from Berlin.

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Lakes and Parks around Munich

Munich's English Garden and the eisbach and schwabingerbach water view
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Address
Munich, Germany
Phone
+49 89 38666390

Bavaria is best known for its towering mountains, but it also has incredible lakeside beaches and legendary nude sections in the park.

You can take a swim in your birthday suit in Munich's largest lake, Feldmochinger See, known for its perfectly clear water. Feringasee, located in the north of Munich, also offers a large and secluded area reserved for naturists. You can even sun your buns on the banks of the river Isar, which runs through Munich's city center.

If you don't care about the beach part and just want to lay out, Munich's English Garden is a top attraction for tourists, and its Schonfeldweise ("beautiful meadow") has been a nudist hot spot since the 1960s. The canal of Schwabingerbach is another bathing spot.

How to get to Munich's nude beaches: Both lakes are accessible via Munich's public transportation (MVV): Feldmochinger See via U-Bahn, bus, and tram and Feringasee via S8 with a stop at Unterföhring. The English Garden is located within the city center.

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Island of Rügen

Rügen Beach and hillside view
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Address
Seebrücke Sellin, Sellin, Germany

Insel Rügen is Germany’s biggest and most popular island. Located in the north on the Baltic Sea, it has attracted visitors throughout the centuries from Otto von Bismarck to Albert Einstein.

The island features dramatic kreidefelsen (white chalk cliffs) and long and sandy beaches. At least five of the island's beaches are designated textilfrei. Seaside resorts also dot the coastline such as Sassnitz, Sellin with its Seebrücke (pier), and Binz. Even if the area isn't a designated nudity zone, few people will bat an eye if you take it all off.

How to get to Rügen: The island is easily reachable by way of Berlin or any other major German city. From the capitol, it is four hours by train, five hours by bus, or you can drive yourself via the A24 north, then the A19 towards Rostock, A20 towards Stralsund and follow signs for Rügen across Rugendamm bridge.

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Warnemünde

Warnemuende Beach near Rostock
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Address
Warnemünde, Rostock, Germany

This beach is located near Rostock on the Baltic sea. The popular beach offers the sparkling sands, clear water, and a promenade desirable in all of Germany's best beaches. Founded as a fishing village in the 1200s, it is now one of the world's busiest cruise ports.

Warnemünde's iconic lighthouse is from 1897 and offers impressive views of the water in the summer. The Teepott (teapot) is the other easily identifiable structure on the beach with its dramatically curved roof. It is a prime example of East German architecture and the perfect place to grab a bite to eat when heading to the beach.

The naturist area is located past the signs for "Haus Undine." About 80 meters wide, it is one of the broadest beaches on the Baltic and a busy spot for the FKK crowd.

The weak current makes this area ideal for sailing and thousands of spectators — clothed or not — appear every year for the Warnemünde Week in July.

How to get to Warnemünde: The nearest international airport and major city is Berlin. Many people arrive via the port. Public buses run from the ferry terminal (Seehafen Fahre) to Rostock. Trains from Berlin (and the rest of Germany) connect through Rostock. Trains from Berlin take almost three hours and driving takes just over two hours.

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Island of Amrum

Island of Amrum view with light tower
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Address
25946 Wittdün, Germany

This small North Frisian island off of Sylt is sparsely inhabited by humans, but it is rich in birds, grey seal, and harbor porpoise. The Amrum lighthouse is a landmark of the island.

Its real highlight is miles of beachfront. Dunes roll along parallel to the water with thick clumps of vegetation poking through the sand. Wadden Sea National Parks is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that expands from Germany into Denmark and the Netherlands.

The beach of Kniepsand is one of the largest sandbars in Europe. There is approximately 10 square km² of soft sand with a nudist area. There is also a campsite for naturists who want to sleep right on the beach.

How to get to Amrum: The island is located north of Hamburg on the A7, then west from Flensburg. Trains can take visitors from any major city to Dagebüll. It's also reachable by ferry from Dagebüll.

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Hamburg's Sommerbad Volksdorf

Hamburg Sommerbad VOolksdorf
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Address
Moorbekweg 100, 22359 Hamburg, Germany
Phone
+49 40 6034730

In the Hamburg district of Volksdorf, you'll find a natural lake that is entirely dedicated to naturists. Opened in 1981, it is shaded by big trees over crystal clear waters.

The season runs from June to August. There are full facilities including dressing rooms, a playground, a restaurant, and sports grounds like table tennis and a basketball court. It is the perfect place to go au naturel with the whole family.

How to get to Hamburg Sommerbad Volksdorf: It is easily accessible from the city of Hamburg via public transport by U-Bahn Buchenkamp and Bus 375. Get off at Moorredder.

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Island of Borkum

Borkum, Ostfriesland beach view
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Address
26757 Borkum, Germany
Phone
+49 4922 2722

The small island of Borkum is located in the North Sea in Lower Saxony. It was formed in 1863 by the merging of two previously separate islands. While that divide is gone, the border still registers as the island is split into east and west.

There are three snow-white beaches, one of which is completely nude. The naturalist beach is just outside of town next to the Ostdünen nature reserve. This long sandy beach has rolling dunes, beach volleyball courts, dog runs, playgrounds, and saunas. 

How to get to Borkum: Ferries run from Emden, Germany as well as  Eemshaven, the Netherlands. Cars are allowed in the off-season, but during the summer most of the town is car-free. The Borkumer Kleinbahn is the local train that offers access straight from the ferry to the beach (ferry tickets also act as a train pass).

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Island of Hiddensee

Hiddensee Germany beach view
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West of the island of Rügen is one of Germany's smallest islands at just 10.5 miles. Large parts of Hiddensee are designated nature conservation areas and cars are banned. An artist haven, bikes and horse-drawn carriages are the primary mode of transportation.

The west coast is an endless stretch of long sandy beach, bordered by dunes. While there is no designated nude zone, nudity is acceptable everywhere except in immediate proximity to the villages. 

How to get to Hiddensee: To get here from Berlin requires taking a train to the coastal town of Stralsund and then a three-hour ferry ride from there.

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Mecklenburg Lake District

Lake Wanzkaer See, Mecklenburgische Seenplatte, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Germany
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Address
Zwenzow, 17237 Userin, Germany
Phone
+49 3981 24790

The Mecklenburg Lake District in Eastern Germany is famous for its crystal clear lakes bordered by green forests. There are various designated nude sections at most lakeside swimming locations, but most people feel free to swim bare everywhere.

If you wanted to be surrounded by like-minded folk, there are nude camping sites such as the family-friendly nudist campground at Useriner Lake in the middle of Müritz National Park. Here visitors can hike, boat, and swim nude.

How to get to Mecklenburg Lake District: This lake-filled area is just two hours north of Berlin. It is best to take a car to reach your destination.

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