The Guardian, 23 July, 2011
The Teutonic love of stripping off in public parks at the first hint of sunshine can come as a shock to visitors from more self-conscious cultures. In future, however, the tourists’ blushes may be spared as the number of Germans who like to go naked is in decline.
Changes in demographics and shifts in fashion have all had an impact on the Free Body Culture (FKK) movement.
“German society is changing and it’s not easy to be a naturist anymore,” said Kurt Fischer, president of the German FKK Association (DFK). There are about 50,000 registered nudists in the country and seven million Germans regularly sunbathe naked, yet the ranks of the naturism enthusiasts are shrinking. Continue reading