The correct dress code in a textile sauna: what you should know

A textile sauna is a great way to relax, relieve stress and promote good health. Unlike a traditional sauna where nudity is common, in a textile sauna you can wear swimwear or towels. But what is the actual dress code in a textile sauna? In this article we explain everything you need to know about it.
What is a textile sauna?
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What is a textile sauna?

In a textile sauna, guests wear clothes to maintain their privacy. This means that you can wear your swimsuit or trunks while you are in the sauna. A textile sauna is a good option for people who are not comfortable in their own skin or who do not want to be naked for religious or cultural reasons.

There are saunas that are exclusively designed as textile saunas and do not offer nude saunas. These facilities are specifically for people who feel more comfortable wearing their swimwear. On the other hand, there are also many saunas that offer both a textile and a nude sauna to suit the individual preferences of their visitors.

Especially in public swimming pools, wellness centers and gyms, you can often find special areas designated as textile saunas. These areas are designed to offer guests the opportunity to experience the beneficial effects of the sauna while clothed. Here, separate sauna cabins or rooms are often provided for textile sauna-goers to maintain their privacy and provide them with a pleasant sauna experience.

What clothes are allowed in the textile sauna?

In a textile sauna, there is a specific dress code that visitors must adhere to. Basically, you are expected to be naked in the sauna. However, there are also textile saunas where wearing swimwear is allowed. Find out about the dress code before entering the sauna to avoid unpleasant surprises.

In most cases, towels are mandatory and should always be on the bench to ensure a hygienic environment. Wearing light bathrobes, swimsuits, swim trunks, bikinis, or sauna towels are also allowed, as long as they are made of cotton or linen and are not synthetic. On the other hand, you should avoid jewelry and cosmetics, as they can be damaged by the heat.

What should you consider when choosing clothes?

There are a few things to consider when choosing clothes for a sauna visit. First, you should find out about the dress code in the particular textile sauna. In many saunas there are special rules for wearing swimwear. When visiting a textile sauna, care should be taken to ensure that clothing is made of thin and breathable materials. Cotton or linen fabrics are particularly suitable for this purpose.

In addition, the clothes should be comfortable and loose fit to allow optimal air circulation. In addition, care should be taken that the clothes are clean and do not have strong odors (chlorine). With these simple tips, visiting the sauna will be more enjoyable, and you can focus entirely on relaxation.

Are there also disadvantages to sauna with clothes on?

When taking a sauna with clothes on, there are definitely some disadvantages to consider. First, the clothes can hinder the sweat drainage and thus affect the cleaning of the body. Also, the breathability of the skin is restricted by the clothing, which can lead to the body not cooling down sufficiently and overheating can occur. In addition, bacteria and fungi can accumulate in clothing, which are favored by high temperatures and thus increase the risk of infection. For hygienic reasons, it is therefore advisable to pay attention to an appropriate and clean dress code.

Regardless of the dress code, some general rules apply in a textile sauna:
  • Hygiene: Shower before entering the sauna to remove sweat, dirt and lotions from your body. This helps to keep the sauna clean and avoid unpleasant odors.
  • Towel: Always place a towel between your body and the bench or couch. This prevents sweat and skin particles from reaching the surface directly.
  • Show consideration: Respect the privacy of other sauna guests and keep the noise level low. Avoid loud conversations in the sauna.
  • Hydration: Make sure you drink enough fluids before and after your sauna session. Your body loses a lot of water through sweating, so it’s important to stay hydrated.


Choosing a textile sauna is a great way to enjoy sauna in a pleasant and comfortable way. With the right clothes, consideration for the rules and good hygiene, you can fully enjoy the beneficial effects of the sauna. So grab your swimsuit or towel and dive into a relaxing and invigorating sauna session in the textile sauna!


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