PLUTO SAUNA ESSEN
the men’s bathhouse – for pleasure : PLUTO
+++ We have a highly efficient, electronically controlled ventilation system with an environmentally friendly heat exchanger. Keep old air out, fresh outdoor air in – for your health. +++
As of now, the access restrictions no longer apply.
FOR PLEASURE : PLUTO
Our motto says it all. We do our best to make your visit at PLUTO a real pleasure.
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 2x2m heated marble block inside our oriental inspired hammam, our 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 €2 charge for each additional hour or part thereof.
Standard price (24h max) rental towel included
- Rental slippers 3€
- Change of the towel 2€ – loss of the rental towel 10€
prepaid card of 4
- 12,– € saved
prepaid card of 10
- 50,– € saved
For everyone visiting PLUTO between 12PM and 1PM on Monday to Friday
For all you late risers and insomniacs. From Sunday to Thursday between 11PM and 6AM.
Lower entrance fee for guests 25 and younger.
- ID required to verify your age.
If you don’t have a lot of time on. If you stay longer, you’ll get charged €7 extra.
* Promotions and discounts marked with ‘’*’’ are only valid due from Monday to Friday. Not valid on Tuesdays with the YOUNGSTARS event from 6PM to 12AM and on public holidays. In those cases, only the standard entrance is available.
It’s your birthday? You only pay €13 for the day ticket. Bring your ID to verify your d.o.b.
MondayPLUTO for bargain hunters*
Get a coupon for a free entry on another Monday within de next thirty days.
1st Tuesday of the monthPLUTO for youngSTARS*
5€ entrance + 8€ minimum drink consumption. From 6pm until midnight. The day for everyone up to and including 28 years. ID required as proof of age.
3rd Tuesday of the monthPUPPIES WELCOME DAY*
From 18.00 until 24.00. The meeting place for Puppies with masters (The special rate is of course also for masters).
WednesdayPLUTO for full beards*
Every man with a full beard will get this offer. Wednesday is the day for bearded men and beard lovers.
THE DOCTOR IS HERE*
every first Wednesday of the month from October to April you can get a free and anonymous STI check-up. A project in cooperation with AIDS-Hilfe Essen.
- 10€ off the standard entrance fee if you can tell the password at the check-in. 1st Thursday of the month: Instagram; 2nd Thursday: password on our homepage; 3rd Thursday: password in our club on Planetromeo; 4th Thursday: password on our Facebook page; 5th Thursday of the month: password on Instagram, Facebook, Romeo and on our homepage.
- From 7PM to 1AM we open on the upper floor a nude area and another bar.
- On all other days in the PLUTO: please after leaving the saunas or the pools, wrap your towel around your loins.
SaturdayPLUTO for the hungry* **
From 9AM to 1PM you’ll get half of a topped baguette of your choice – or – from 1PM to 5PM a hot drink of your liking and a free piece of cake of your choice included in the entrance fee of 15€. ** The offer is only available from 9AM to 5PM and only while stocks last.
Sunday + HolidaysPLUTO Full House
- From 3PM to 8PM we offer infusions every full hour.
- Plus, we give away fresh fruit and sweets for free. Don’t miss out on this – the infusions at PLUTO are legendary!
Saturdays and Sundays at PLUTO are crowded.
*Not available on Sundays or public holidays. The doctor’s visit will get delayed by one week.
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 €2.
There is not legal entitlement about discounts or goodwill arrangements.
We accept the following cards:
Open 365 days a year
Monday to Friday: 12PM to 6AM
Friday 12PM to Monday 6AM non-stop.
Open non-stop on public holidays.
24 hours included; every additional hour gets you charged with €2,-
square meters of fun
years’ worth of experience
more than 170 top google ratings
Getting to us and parking
The PLUTO is at the end of Essen’s biggest pedestrian street ‘’Kettwiger Straße’’. Inside a big multi-purpose building we are located right next to the GOP variety theatre.
You can reach us by public transport (BUS/Tram Stops Rheinischer Platz/Viehofer Platz) or by car (a lot of parking space all around us).
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. Join the fun. Join the world of PLUTO.
Viehofer Str. 49
Our guest park for less…
ALLBAU parking lot, Kastanienhöfe (please put ‘’Rottstraße 19’’ in your nav)
Open for parking: Monday to Sunday from 6Am to 11PM
Driving out is possible 24/7
Price for our guests:
Bring your ticket to our cash counter and we’ll print a second barcode on it, so you only pay 6€ for up to 24 hours of parking at the parking lot.
Navigate in Google Maps – click here
OUR PLUTO PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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?
We generally welcome everyone with the certain something between their legs.
But novices should be honestly interested in the special and more intimate forms of
sweating, heating-up and cooling-down that can happen at PLUTO.
Engage with our guests, with PLUTO and with yourself. If you do our motto becomes your experience:
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 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.
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.
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 €2 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.
You've got wifi?
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 € 8.00.
When is my beard full enough for the special 'PLUTO for full beards'?
Just to get everything straight… 🙂 … a ring beard or a goatee or long sideburns are not a full beard. Also a three-day beard, the name says it all, is not a full beard. On the other hand, of course, we have to acknowledge that the criterion is not set in stone, so if you are clearly in the process of growing a very nice full beard, our colleague at the entrance will just want to turn a blind eye and not make you pay the regular rate. Roooaaar.
How works ‘PLUTO für Sparfüchse’?
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.
How do I conduct myself during COVID-19?
Observe the rules: keep a distance of 1.5 meters, pay attention to hygiene and wear a mouth mask.
There are plenty of dispensers for disinfectant and free shower and washing gel in all wet areas. Please wash regularly and conscientiously.
You can also purchase everyday masks from us if you feel that your own mask is no longer hygienic enough.
Thank you for your cooperation and solidarity!
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 5 or 10 cards?
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: https://www.visitessen.de/startseite_14/Startseite.en.html
Essen does also have a lot of nature in the city and nearby as well as beautiful cities in the neighborhood.