Many naturists take their first steps into social nudity at the nude beach. But in parts of western Europe, another phenomenon is quickly becoming the new number one place where people get naked with strangers for the first time. Or even with friends. Especially in countries like Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, the wellness or spa center has proven to be a great stepping stone for naturism.
Of course, these countries are not particularly known for having year-round great weather and perfect nude beach days are rather limited. Spa centers, on the other hand, are great to visit on a rainy day. With lots of indoor facilities to keep you warm. And even on sunny days, the outside pools are refreshing and the garden is excellent for working on your tan without sand crawling in places where it’s not supposed to be.
The European Spa culture
Public baths were already popular in the times of the Greeks, the Romans, and the Ottomans. They served mostly as a central place for people to wash (water supply networks weren’t really a thing in those days), but also as a social meeting place. Back brushes weren’t a thing either, so …