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Netherlands Sauna

Was in the Netherlands a couple of years ago and found a coed sauna.  I had to ask around because gay saunas are popular there and they are not my style.  When I arrived, they directed me to the men's dressing room where I disrobed completely.  Through the door on the other side of the dressing room was the spa area.  They had two saunas a differing temps, a steam room, a jacuzzi, a large lap pool, and a cold water dunking pool.  They also had a patio which lead to a sunning area and two other saunas (one with hot rocks and another wood burning).

The thing that surprised me was the number of young groups of women who were there together.  I realized like American women might do spa treatments or have their hair done together, Dutch women sauna.  I was also surprised that people didn't wrap their towels around them, but only sat on them.  Everyone was fully exposed.  Finally I was surprised how many people were there the day I went.  In one of the saunas, it became so crowded that my legs were touching the women on either side of me and my knees were touching the woman in front of me.

Being squished together with so many nude women scared me a bit as I thought I might get erect.  However the heat was so intense, all I could concentrate on was keeping my hair from not burning off.  ;-)

swl2jo swl2jo 41-45, M 3 Responses Jun 24, 2009

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What a fun experience! I have a friend who went to Finland to visit her Finnish relatives. She and her brother and male and female cousins went into their private sauna totally naked. They didn't think anything of it. It is part of their culture. She was embarrassed at first, but then relaxed and had a good time.

My experience has always been with public saunas in Europe. WOuld love to be invited to a private sauna.

@Irhotman

Use http://www.saunagids.nl/ to find saunas close to whichever part of NL you are visiting. The site is in Dutch but it's reasonably intuitive and with Google translate you should be able to find what you need .

Can you pass me the address or the Suanas link? I am plannig to go to Amsterdam possibly soon.

thanks

Mark