7 Best Nude Beaches in Germany

Buffing it on Germany's Top Nude Beaches

You'll find many nude beaches in Germany where you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing ​​au natural. Nudism - or naturalism - is not unusual in Eastern Germany and people from all over the country bare it all on some of Germany's best nude beaches; from lakes in forests and mountains ​to the shores of the North and the Baltic Sea.

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    A beach on Sylt, an island in northern Germany
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    The island of Sylt, the northernmost tip of Germany, is famous for its healthy climate, spectacular dune landscape, and pristine beaches, most of which are clothing-optional. After all, the first official nude beach in Germany was established in Sylt in 1920. The island is a great destination for nature lovers and wellness aficionados, who can enjoy miles and miles of fine sand and traditional saunas right on the beach.

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    Busy beach on lake at Strandbad in Wannsee in Berlin Germany
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    The lake Wannsee in the West of Berlin is one of the most popular recreation spots in the city. The "Lido of Berlin" boasts the longest inland sand beach in Europe and offers a large clothes-free area. Relax in a traditional wicker beach chair, play a round of beach volleyball or rent a paddle boat. Learn about other great beaches in Berlin.

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    White Chalk Cliffs of Rugen
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    Rügen, Germany’s biggest and most popular island, is located in the Baltic Sea, off the shore of ​Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Besides its dramatic white chalk cliffs, Rügen is well known for its long and sandy beaches, many of them nude and more than 40 meters wide.

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    Lake Wanzkaer See, Mecklenburgische Seenplatte, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Germany
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    The Mecklenburg Lake District in the East of Germany is famous for its crystal clear lakes and evergreen forests. Besides nude beaches, there are also nude camping sites here. One of the best ones is the family-friendly nudist campground at Useriner Lake, located in the middle of the idyllic and quiet Müritz National Park. Great for hiking, kayaking, and swimming.

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    Germany, Hamburg, View of town with town hall at sunset
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    In the Hamburg district of Volksdorf, you'll find a natural lake that is entirely dedicated to naturists. Shaded by big trees, there are dressing rooms, a playground, restaurant, table tennis, and a basketball court, which make this lake a great place for the whole family.

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    Starnberg Lake in Munich
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    Bavaria is best known for its limitless mountains, but it also has incredible lake side beaches.

    You can take a swim in your birthday suit in Munich's largest lake, Feldmochinger See, known for its excellent water quality. Another great option is the Feringa See, located in the north of Munich. It 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.

    Read about other ​nature day trips from Munich.

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    Borkum, Ostfriesland, Lower Saxony, Germany
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    The small island of Borkum, located is in the North Sea, offers a very long nude beach, complete with beach volleyball courts, dog runs, playgrounds, and saunas. Adjacent to the nude beach is a nature reservation with rolling dunes, which is also dedicated to nudists.