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Unveiling Luxembourg’s Steamy Secret: The Naked Truth About Bathing Culture


Unveiling Luxembourg’s Steamy Secret: The Naked Truth About Bathing Culture Luxembourg is located in the heart of Europe, sandwiched between Germany, France, and Belgium, and is known for its fairy-tale castles, vibrant financial sector, and culinary scene that tickles your taste buds with exquisite pastries and bold wines. However, there is one characteristic of this country that regularly surprises newcomers, particularly those from the United Kingdom: the bathing culture. The sauna is more than just a place for relaxation and cleansing in Luxembourg. It’s a whole cultural phenomena, steeped in centuries-old traditions that demand, brace yourselves, total nudity. Luxembourgers, like their Scandinavian and German neighbors, believe in going all out in the sauna, a habit that, to many Brits, may appear alarming, to say the least. Your new best friend is the humble towel. Simply bring a huge towel and cover as much (or as little) as you want. It’s a simple, yet effective approach to integrate into the local culture without straying too far from home. This national sporting and cultural facility ‘d’Coque’ in Kirchberg is conveniently positioned just two (free) tram stops away from the Kirchberg Garden Residences by Skyside and so, are you willing to give it a shot? This is where things get a little saucy; the leisure centre is called ‘d’Coque’ yes, you read that correctly, and no, don’t blush, it’s pronounced exactly like ‘cock’ in English, but let’s stay out of the gutter, shall we? Before you shudder in fear at the prospect of wearing your birthday suit in public, let’s explore a little deeper into this fascinating habit. Luxembourgers regard the human body as something natural, not something to be ashamed of. This practice is entrenched in a celebration of honesty and acceptance, which is in stark contrast to the prudishness commonly associated with nudity and, while the initial shock may cause you to reconsider your visit to the local spa, remember that when in Luxembourg, do as the Luxembourgers do! After all, isn’t it part of the joy of living abroad to embrace local customs? D’ Coque is big (ok ok), it not only has a large wellness area, but it also has an Olympic-sized swimming pool that is open to the public. Yes, for a day fee of about €3.5, you can literally swim laps where Olympians have trained. If you prefer to drive, it’s only a four-minute drive away with free parking! And now for a little secret that will take your sauna experience to the next level. Keep an eye on the Aufguss timetable while visiting and be sure to stay for a session. Aufguss is a traditional sauna ritual in which a sauna master distributes scented infusions in the heated air to improve your sauna experience and transforming your stay into an extraordinary sensory trip. So, whether you’re a seasoned sauna-goer or a timid newcomer, Luxembourg’s bathing culture offers a one-of-a-kind experience worth attempting.

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