the men’s bathhouse – enjoy : PLUTO

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Our motto says it all. We do our best to make your visit at PLUTO a real enjoyment.
Whether it’s the music that’s being changed every month, the cleanliness, our high service standards, the ambience or just the alternation and the renovations – we’re keeping up and listen to your ideas, wishes and suggestions as much as we can, to make PLUTO an even better place for you.
Long story short: “A beautiful sauna – definitely a real wellness facility!’’ …


… as the administration of the city of Essen summed it up after a long tour through our location in January of 2022.

The small and nondescript entrance door marks the beginning of a former cinema-arcade, but after leaving our check-in-area behind you’ll find yourself in one of Germanys biggest gay-bathhouses.
It’s your first time with us? You’ll be surprised! With more than 1600 square meters of space on three floors you better get ready to leave your everyday routine behind.
After getting your locker keys and your bath towel you enter our locker area with about 350 lockers next to each other.
Just leave your everyday stress, the burdens, and the medals in there and go join the fun!
At first, you’ll enter the bar- and lounge area on the central floor. On here you’ll find our big Finnish sauna with a huge panoramic window as well as our swimming pool with its own countercurrent system.
You can get to the upper and the lower floor from here by using the big and curved staircases that lets you guess the architecture of the 60s from when our building was designed and built as a shop for steel goods.
On the upper floor you can find quite spaces and cabins, a lot of space for cruising and a smoker’s area.
The lower floor will make you fall in love with our 4×4 meter jacuzzi, a huge heated marble block inside our oriental inspired hammam, our dark XXL steam-sauna and a lot more places to explore and enjoy,

Enjoyment is what a lot of our guests are looking for – you’ll meet like-minded people at any day- and nighttime. We’re happy and proud to call us a very popular place even for people from abroad like the Netherlands or Belgium.
On a weekend day we welcome more than 600 guests throughout the day at PLUTO – sometimes it’s hard to tell where to look first.

We wish you a lot of fun.



Rental towel included in admission.
Maximum stay is 24 hours. There is a € 3 charge for each additional hour or part thereof.


* Saver fares marked with “*” are only valid from Monday to Friday. And not valid on Tuesdays at youngSTARS from 6 pm to midnight and not valid on public holidays. The public holiday fare always applies on public holidays.


Tuesday Top-Special:


Every 1st Tuesday of the month the meeting place for men under 30!
15 euros admission with 10 euros minimum consumption included in the admission price. Valid for all up to 29 years and between 6pm and midnight. ID required as proof of age. From the age of 30, the standard rate applies.
If the 1st Tuesday falls on a public holiday, youngSTARS will be postponed by one week.

Saturday Top-Special:


10,- € minimum drink consumption included in the admission price of 15,- €. The special rate is valid between 6 p.m. and midnight and only for men up to and including 29 years of age. ID required as proof of age! The Hot & Sweet Special is not available on youngSTARS XXL days! The exact dates will be announced in good time on all our channels. Have fun!
Dates 2024: 20.01. /24.02. / 16.03. / 20.04. / 25.05. /15.06. / 20.07. / 24.08.

* Not valid on Sundays and public holidays – the public holiday tariff applies on public holidays.

Important notice: additional fees after 24 hours are added by the POS system automatically. Our employees have no impact on those fees. Means: after 24 hours of visit each additional hour will get you charged with €3.
There is not legal entitlement about discounts or goodwill arrangements.

We accept the following cards:


  • Open 365 days a year
  • Monday to Thursday: 12:00 to 06:00
  • Friday open continuously from 12:00 to 06:00 Monday morning.
  • Open all day on public holidays.
  • Maximum length of stay: 24 hours. For each additional hour or part thereof, € 3,- will be charged.

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Directions & Parking

PLUTO Essen is located at the end of Essen’s central pedestrian zone, Kettwiger Straße, in a large building complex right next door to the GOP Variete Theatre.
You can reach PLUTO easily by public transport (stop: Viehofer Platz, line:106, 107, two stops from the main station) or by car (plenty of parking spaces in the immediate vicinity).
The inconspicuous entrance on Viehofer Straße still marks the beginning of the former cinema arcade and is now the entrance to your pleasurable wellness world.
Dive into the world of PLUTO.

Viehofer Str. 49
45127 Essen

Coming by train?
Check our chart for your approximate travel time to PLUTO.
Because with the train you can get to your pleasure in a relaxed way, you are sometimes even faster than by car and maybe you can even save costs as a 49 Euro ticket holder (Deutschlan-Ticket). #checkthisout

Are you travelling by car?
PLUTO guests can park here for less:
ALLBAU PARKHAUS, KASTANIENHÖFE (please enter “Rottstraße 19” in your navigation system)
Entry possible: Mon. – Sun. 06.00 to 23.00 hrs
Exit possible: any time, with paid ticket
Less parking costs for PLUTO guests:
Give us your parking ticket at the cash desk and we will provide it with an additional discount barcode. With this ticket, you can park for up to 24 hours for only 6.50 euros (payment at the parking machine in the multi-storey car park).
ATTENTION: Cash payment only at the parking machine. No card payment possible.


The PLUTO offers you a Finnish sauna, a steam sauna and the sanarium/biosauna.

Infusions in the Finnish sauna take place on the hour on
Tuesday 7pm-11pm,
Thursday 6pm-10pm,
Saturday 9pm-1am
Sunday 3pm-8pm,
public holidays 3pm-8pm.
Outside the hours of the PLUTO offer, any guest can make infusions on their own at any time.
Just ask for our infusions at the bar.

Finnish sauna

Probably the most famous sauna is the Finnish sauna with an approximate temperature of 90°C und very low humidity.
Tue., Thu., Sun. and on public holidays we offer our famous infusions.
On multiple levels you get offered a lot of space to relax and get heated up. As an experienced sauna goer, you take your seat on one of the higher levels to relax, or if you want to go slow just sit down on one of the colder lower levels. The spectacular view through the panoramic window on our swimming pool and some hot swimmers is included.

Steam room

We’ve got a new steam-room! Have some fun in the dusky and foggy labyrinth. Everything that helps you to relax and improves your well-being and improves the community feeling is warmly welcome here.
A steam-room is ideal for skin improvement and the recovery of your respiratory system. In contrast to the dry air in the Finnish sauna our steam room comes with a humidity of 100%. The steam helps do develop a pleasant climate that should not negatively affect the cardiovascular system.

Sanarium/organic sauna

The samarium/organic sauna is a sauna with a temperature between 50 and 60°C max and about 50% humidity. The milder climate is soft to the circulatory system and perfect for people who are prone to circulatory or blood-pressure problems. We add scents to even improve your sauna experience.


Diving into the world of PLUTO means diving into a world full of relaxation. How would that be possible easier than with a massage by one of our qualified massagists. You can book an appointment just at our place at the bar or via a phone call at 0201 – 24 88 403.

Prices massages

All offers for massages are offered and billed in the name and on account of the self-employed masseurs working at our place.

Classic, sports and wellness massages

Scrub relaxing massage

The gentle wellness massage is calming and improves the wellbeing. Through to the use of high-class scrub products the skin feels soft and velvety after the application. The massage can be booked as a sesame or almond peeling.

“pretty back’’ (grape seed oil & salt scrub)

The ‘’pretty back’’ application is a relaxing and deep cleaning wellness application with focus on the back and the arms and neck. At the beginning of the application the massagist spreads high-class grape seed oil on your skin. The rich oil supplies the skin with vitamins and minerals. In the second phase the skin gets a sea-salt scrub and at the end the skin gets treated with an aloe very lotion.

Foot reflexology



Never been to a gay bathhouse or just never been to the PLUTO? We collected the most frequently asked questions and our answers to them. If you still want to know something, feel free to leave us a message.

1. Your choice for PLUTO

Am I gay if I visit the PLUTO sauna?

The PLUTO is a wellness facility with saunas and pools for men only. No women!

What makes PLUTO stand out is – no matter if gay-bathhouse or men’s sauna: everything is possible, but no pressure.
But we all share one wisdom: Sex is a proven way to reduce stress and relax – a real wellness thing.
So: a lot of distance isn’t really a mandatory. You let the closeness happen when you walk past each other; when you are sweating next to each other; when maybe two or three of you are looking for a quite place to get even closer:
Free your mind and your ass will follow.
But to make this very clear: a “no” is a no!

I’m straight! Will I be the only straight person at PLUTO?

“in a gay-bathhouse straight men are welcome too” or “for insecure people or
gay/bi men who are still closeted the psychological barrier to visit a gay bathhouse
isn’t as high” is what our guests say.
Therefore, PLUTO becomes a place to experiment, to learn and to develop.
Come over and find out what PLUTO can be for you.

Is it possible to enter the PLUTO as a straight and leave as a gay?

Possibly! The other way around – rather unlikely.

Which mindset should I have when I visit PLUTO for the first time?

All people who define themselves as men should feel welcome at PLUTO. You don’t have to be gay, but you should definitely be sexually open and come to PLUTO to enjoy a sexually charged atmosphere. Even newcomers should have an honest interest in an intimate form of sweating and chatting, getting hot and cold and not just want to “have a look”. You should be able to get involved in our very special place. And then it automatically means for you too: FOR PLEASURE : PLUTO

2. Your arrival at PLUTO

How does a visit at a gay-bathhouse work?

After a warm welcome from our service-team you’ll get to our locker area. After you let your daily life back in the locker you’ll get to our bar- and bistro area where your wellness and fun experience starts.

What can I expect at your place?

On the central floor you’ll find our Finnish sauna, our bar and bistro and our swimming pool with counter-current system.
From there you can get on the upper and the lower floors which are connected through the big and curved staircases from the sixties.
On the upper floor you can relax whilst having a massage or seek a quiet place at our cabins. On the upper floor we also have a lot of cruising space.
The lower floor will surprise you with our 4×4 meter jacuzzi, the oriental inspired Hammam with its heated marble block in the middle of the room, our XXL-steam room with a labyrinth for cruising, a 50-60°C sanarium Sauna and a lot of space for resting, relaxing and cruising.

What do I have to bring with me to visit PLUTO sauna?

We got anything you need: towels, slippers, rubbers, or lube. You can either buy or rent them or they are included in your admission fee and available for free. So, a spontaneous visit at PLUTO is possible any time.

Where can I park my car?

The Allbau-parking garage (Kastanienhöfe) has got a special offer for our guests: If you bring your parking ticket to our checkout desk our employees can print a second barcode on, so you pay 6€ for up to 24 hours. Navigate with Maps to parking garage

Who is allowed to enter PLUTO sauna?

Every man aged 18 or older who isn’t under the influence of drugs or drunk is welcome at PLUTO.
We don’t tolerate any form of prostitution or the consumption or trade of illegal substances of any kind.

3. Your stay at our bathhouse

Do I need cash money at the bar/bistro?

No, you pay everything you had all together at the checkout. Your drinks, snacks and other products or services will be recorded with the help of your locker’s number in our POS system. So, you can totally relax and leave your wallet at the locker.

Do you also offer food?

We have a few warm and cold delicious snacks.

Can I borrow towels for free?

A free rental towel is included in your admission fee. If you need slippers or more towels, you can rent them at the cash desk for a small rental fee. Loosing your towel is charged with € 10,-

For how long am I allowed to stay?

Every entrance but the 2 hours entrance are valid for 24 hours. If you want to stay even longer our POS system will charge you €3 per additional started hour.

Do you have cabins?

Of course! And they all are a bit different from one to another. You can find cabins with love swings, a St. Andrew’s cross, mirrors, or different lighting. We promise it won’t get boring. Like we always do we support anything that helps with relaxation and building community.

Is there a smoker lounge?

We have a small smoker’s lounge, so no one must leave our place just to have a cigarette.

Is there a steam-room?

Our steam-room is brand new! Enjoy yourself in our dusky cruising labyrinth at 100% humidity or make use of the positive effects a steam sauna has on your skin and cardiovascular system. We support anything that helps with relaxation and improving community.

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Can I take pictures or record videos?

Privacy, discretion and intimacy are most important to us. To allow every guest a stress-free time the recording of pictures and videos is prohibited.

Can I make an infusion at the Finnish sauna myself?

Of course! Just ask at the bar for our infusion scents. You can choose your favourite composition from 48 constantly changing scents.
In addition, every 1st Tuesday of the month from 7pm to 11pm, every Thursday from 6pm to 10pm and every Sunday and public holiday from 3pm to 8pm, we make infusions for you on the hour in the dry sauna on the ground floor.

4. Questions about specials and rates

When does PLUTO@Night apply?

If I arrive at your place at midnight on Friday, do I pay the @Night rate or does that already count as Saturday?
That counts as arriving on Saturday. The PLUTO@Night rate applies from Monday 0.00 am to Friday 0.00 am (except if it is a holiday).

What happens if I lose my rental towel?

As in all other saunas, the following applies here too: pay attention! If you lose your rental towel, forget it or a *** takes your towel you must unfortunately pay for the towel at the exit. This will cost you € 10.00.


Can I redeem the voucher for free admission on any Monday?
No. Sorry. If Monday is a holiday we don’t issue vouchers and you can’t redeem them. And please note that the voucher is only valid for 30 days.

Is the voucher personal?
No. If you wish, you can do a friend a favor and give the gift card to him.

PLUTO digital. I can't find the PlanetRomeo Club.

Unfortunately, PlanetRomeo has not yet succeeded in integrating the clubs into the new website. Therefore, at the moment you can only find them on the old version of the website. Click on the PlanetRomeo link (further up in the Thursday Special window) to get to the page. There, search for the PLUTO Sauna Essen Club and sign up with us. We will then automatically send you the password for the discounted entrance fee on Tuesday or Wednesday.

5. Hygiene

How is the water quality?

The water in our pools is filtered, cleaned, disinfected, and exchanged with freshwater in multiple steps 24/7. Multiple times a day we check if the water quality is fine, and the municipal health department checks our water monthly. The water in our pools does verifiably fit the highest standards in Germany.

Can I douche?

We have two squat toilets. Soap and disinfectant are available all the time and if you didn’t bring your own you can buy a douche attachment at the cash desk.

Is there shampoo?

Yes, every shower area has shampoo dispensers you can use for free.

6. Air quality at PLUTO

How is the air quality at PLUTO?

Our premises are equipped with a new ventilation system with an environment friendly recuperator. We work with 100% fresh air. With the help of our new, electronically controlled, ventilation system the air at PLUTO is exchanged with fresh air continuously.

7. After PLUTO is before PLUTO

Do you have vouchers?

You can buy vouchers at the cash desk. A great present for birthdays or Christmas.

What benefits come with the prepaid 4 or 10 cards?

With our prepaid cards you’ll save cash money!

What else can I experience in Essen?

Long story short: A lot! Essen has a lot of attractions like old coal pits, museums, and culture. Just have a look:
Essen does also have a lot of nature in the city and nearby as well as beautiful cities in the neighborhood.






PLUTO – Die Gaysauna in Essen
Viehofer Str. 49, 45127 Essen

Mo. bis Do.: 12.00 bis 06.00 Uhr.
Fr. ab 12.00 Uhr durchgehend bis Mo. früh 06.00 Uhr geöffnet.
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