I head back in and face down my dangling tormentors. The hip, friendly clientele, dim lighting and pleasant courtyard make this Finnish sauna the stylish spot to go starkers. Lucy Perrin whittles down over forty countries to just 17 must-visits — along with the best ways to see them. It is shocking yet, now, somehow unremarkable. As in Scandinavia, saunas are revered here for their relaxing effects, circulatory benefits and power to make you sweat a pint in 10 minutes. I dare myself to face outwards, so that my whole front is visible to the room. I assumed this would be a soft introduction to bare-cheeked baking.
Hunter. Age: 26.
As per tradition, the saunameister comes in on the hour and pours cedar and mint onto the coals, then begins fanning the air.
Sydney. Age: 27.
Naked Mixed Chicks
I walk out fast The towel lady gives me a key as a good-looking clothed man is putting on his shoes. I do not hunch or try to cover anything, or to appear thinner. For the Germans, this is as normal as a trip to the supermarket. I had expected at least the people in reception to be wearing clothes. I head back in and face down my dangling tormentors. Nothing new about being told off, as even liberal Berlin, to which I recently moved, is full of baffling rules.