I didn’t know that the real definition of Frauenbad was topless sunbathing area, but I now am more educated.
Actually, at the Zürich Frauenbad, you get both extremes: from women fully covered in burkinis to women wearing nothing but their g-strings. Personally, I preferred the burkinis. But the men lingering on their little boats (and out on the balcony of the office building overlooking the Frauenbad) were definitely there for the latter.
I guess nothing says you’re in Europe like women sunbathing topless on a river deck and men on little boats in even smaller red speedos staring at these women through matching red sunglasses.
Previously, I had only been to the Frauenbad at night, when it is converted into a barefoot bar open to both sexes.
It’s much more interesting during the day.