I had been to nude baths once before in Moscow and enjoyed it and was eager to try Friedrichsbad. The only way my husband would agree to go was if we went on co-ed night, but it wasn't nearly as awkward or uncomfortable as one might think. It was actually quite fun and everyone seemed to forget about the nudity after awhile. The entire experience is extremely clean, even my by germophobic standards, and very relaxing. You go through various steps of bathing, steaming, soaking, and relaxing mostly in silence. Even though the program is clearly laid out for guests, you are mostly free to enjoy the steps you want and skip the rest (I opted out of the coldest pool at the end beyond putting my feet in). My favorite part was steaming in the oldest natural mineral steam room still in existence. I wasn't nuts about the face up part of the soap massage (although the attendant was very polite and professional), but my skin was insanely soft afterward! We went on the 3.5 hour pass that included the soap massage and found that to be more than enough time to relax. Everything you need is provided (including shower shoes which are required for the slippery areas) but if you prefer to wear shoes at every step, just bring your own flip flips. I know it sounds daunting to Americans since we don't have nude beaches or anything, but it really is a fun and interesting experience.
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