Nude Austrian Saunas For Beginners

Posted on / by Alex Berger

Intro To Austrian Saunas

There are moments in every person’s life where you pause and ask yourself…how did I end up right here, in this moment, at this point in time? For me, one such moment came in the form of a sweat covered, completely naked, Austrian man’s knee resting casually against my own in a lovely dry sauna in the small ski-town of Obergurgl.

It was my first international sauna experience and my first introduction to Austrian sauna culture.  To be frank, I had no idea what I was doing, or what to expect. The result? An absolutely hilarious experience full of culture shock, epiphanies, a whole lot of naked people, and what I think is a fantastic story.

This video is the latest in an ongoing series I’ve produced where I document some of my favorite travel stories.  The goal? To share them with you in roughly five minutes in the same way I’d tell them sitting around a table while sharing drinks at a bar.

So, without further delay – enjoy!

Oh, and for those of you who are wondering: It really was an amazing experience, and I’m now completely addicted to saunas and the Austrian approach. Stay tuned for Part II when things really heat up!

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Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.


  • Dan
    March 1, 2014

    The teenager reference made me laugh! Pretty true! Looking forward to the next segment.

  • Mia
    March 31, 2014

    Made me smile :o). Being an Austrian I can always tell when Americans come to the sauna. It appears all wear swimsuits and huge towels ;o). Thank you for making me smile. I live now in TX and understand where you are coming from. I even have to wear a swimsuit at my in-laws private, fenced, pool. LOL

    • Alex Berger
      March 31, 2014

      Thanks for the post Mia! Great to hear your take having spent some time on both sides of the fence. It’s quite the strange contrast isn’t it? Regardless of which direction you’re going!


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