The history of cold baths, a decadent pleasure
The popularity of the cold bath houses in Skåne began in the late 1800s. One of the first places where people practiced this new way of bathing was the picturesque seaside town of Mölle, in the rocky north-western part of Skåne. Mölle quickly became known throughout Europe as a city of sin, where men and women bathed together, decadently dressed in the striped swimsuits of the time. This reputation turned Mölle into a magnet for tourists and keen bathers from Europe, who flocked to the Nordic region’s Biarritz, arriving by train directly from Berlin.
Cold baths, an effective remedy
Cold bathing is considered good for your health and a remedy for several physical and mental ailments.
As cold water shocks your body, a cocktail of adrenaline and endorphins are released stimulating your whole system. Ask any dedicated winter bather here and you’ll hear about better stress management, happier moods, better sleep, less pain in chronic diseases, better immune function and other health benefits.
Since health has never been more in fashion, it’s no surprise that cold have become trendy again. The old cold bath houses around Skåne are being refurbished and new ones are coming every year as visitor numbers of all ages increase. Give it a go - chances are you’ll get hooked.
Naked or dressed?
The open-air baths in Skåne are open, warm and welcoming. It makes no difference if you are a seasoned veteran or a beginner, bathe naked or in a bathing suit, everyone is considered equal. In most cold bath houses you choose whether to bathe with or without a bathing suit, but in the sauna usually only a towel is permitted. In most places there are separate sauna rooms for men and women and sometimes a mixed sauna. Dressing rooms and showers are separated.