Austrians have taken the title of 'Most Likely to Go Nude at a Beach' from the Germans, in a naked wrestling match no-one wanted to see, with a quarter of the country saying they have stripped off in public on vacation at some point in their lives.
Although many consider Austrians to be a formal and rather conservative people, the extent of nudity in Austrian culture may surprise the visitor to Austria.
As is many European countries, nudity is more prevalent on television and films in Austria than it is in the US.
There is also a flourishing naturism movement in Austria. As in Germany, the free body culture, called Freikörperkultur, has a large following. You're likely to see signs of it even if you're not looking for nudes; "FKK" (pronounced 'eff-ka-ka') printed on a sign or stenciled on a wall or sidewalk indicates "Freikörperkultur" or nudist areas. An "FKK strand" is a nude beach. However, look out for a sign that says 'verboten' (e.g. 'FKK verboten') which means forbidden!
Naturist Accommodation in Austria
A list of some of the most popular FKK places to stay in Austria.
- Rutar Lido - A naturist holiday village in Eberndorf (near Klagenfurt) in the Alps with nudist beach, camp site and winter camp with indoor swimming pool
- Gästehaus Lührmann claims to be the only naturist hotel in Austria. You'll have to be "equipped" to go in the restaurant or reception areas, but in Summer you can be naked in the swimming pool, sauna and steam bath, park, terrace and in the winter you can get naked in the swimming pool, sauna and steam bath.
- Camping Pesenthein - 220 van and tent site on several terrace levels, each affording a view of Lake Millstätter in central Austria.
- FKK Camping Sabotnik - The site is in German, but it's easy to understand and has lots of pictures of the operation.
Nude Beaches and Naturism in Vienna
Looking for nudism in Vienna?
We have a map that shows the Vienna FKK Nude Beach Location. While not a sandy beach, the south east Donauinsel in Vienna is right on the Danube and is a designated FKK nudism area. You can even dine nude, according to Wolfgang, who sends detailed notes on the location.
Is Naturism in Austria Safe?
Yes! Austrians do not view nudism in a sexual way. The freedom to wear your birthday suit in nature is seen as the natural way things should be, not a sexual deviance.
However, you will find some nudist places that forbid under-16s from entering for obvious reasons. If you want to bring children to an FKK destination, check with the hotel or sauna before you book.