I'll begin with an apology for dragging up saunas again - I can see it's something that has been discussed ad nauseam, but I'd really appreciate some help!
A quick background: I live in Berlin, but my girlfriend is in the UK. She comes across to visit once a month, and this time she's been doing a bit of research and wants to go to a spa for the day. Specifically, Krystall Saunatherme Ludwigsfelde. I think this is a great idea - a big improvement on her last suggestion of a trip to the Fernsehturm.
Firstly, is it possible to get there with public transport? Their website doesn't offer any help, and a previous thread mentioned some sort of taxi option, but can we get there with good ol' trains?
Secondly, I told her that it would involve nudity, which put her off. I've spent a fair bit of time in Germany now so it doesn't bother me, but she's a bit concerned that it will be mostly men and that she will feel a bit exposed. I have to say that my experience of saunas here (in the city itself) would be that they are predominantly male, although I've only been to those attached to swimming pools. I do remember a woman walking in to a sauna with 6 of us men in it, realising she was the only woman, and walking straight out again (letting lots of cold air in, I should add!), so I can see that my girlfriend is not entirely alone in her fear. Previous threads have suggested that the Ludwigsfelde sauna is fine in this regard, but if we cannot get there, which spas/saunas would be the best in the city centre? She's not a prude (she can't get her kit off quick enough on holiday) but she's just a bit concerned that she will be massively outnumbered, and my experience of saunas here can do nothing to disspell that fear.
Thirdly, I've incurred the wrath of Berliners twice this week, and both times I don't really know what I've done wrong! On Tuesday I was told off for wearing my shorts whilst showering before entering the pool. I can't see what the problem is; why do I have to shower first, and then put clean swimming stuff on?! Then on Thursday, I forgot to bring my flip-flops with me to the sauna which caused a bit of a problem too. Is it really that big of a deal? I'm sure I've seen plenty of other people plodding around without them. Am I just unlucky to be picked on for minor offences, or is my behaviour unforgiveable?
Thanks for your help