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Berlin Says 'Yes' to Women Going Topless at Public Pools



Berlin Says ‘Yes’ to Women Going Topless at Public Pools

A woman who was thrown out of an open-air pool for sunbathing topless in Berlin has taken legal action.

She was joined by a second woman who was told to cover up at an indoor pool in December.

Authorities in Berlin agreed that they were victims of discrimination and have announced that all visitors to Berlin’s public pools are now entitled to go topless.

Germany already has a hands-off approach to nudity in public spaces, with lakes, parks, and saunas all common places to spot naked natives (and brave tourists).

But the rules around nudity at municipal swimming pools have, for some reason, been a sticking point.

For now, the Berliner Baderbetriebe (BBB), which runs the pools, has not changed the policy requiring genitals to be covered, but tops can come off.

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