A ruling by Berlin authorities will soon allow women to swim topless in the city’s public pools, after a women took legal action after being thrown out of a pool for topless sunbathing.
Authorities had decided that the woman in question, together with a number of others who were thrown out or asked to cover up, were victims of discrimination, and now anyone visiting pools in Berlin will be allowed to go topless.
Those practicing Freikörperkultur (free body culture) welcomed the decision with open arms, while others are completely used to naked Germans in lake areas, parks or saunas.
An object of considerably vast culture shock for many travelling to Germany, nudity is approached with a very relaxed attitude when compared to other European countries. However, the act must be practiced with caution, for example when sunbathing on one’s own property which is visible to the public, neighbours have right to issue a complaint.
Despite this step, Berlin swimming pool operator Berliner Bäderbetriebe (BBB) has not changed its imposed rules, which insist bathing costumes must cover genitals, but rather classified that the topless swimming rule applies to every visitor, regardless of gender.
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