The route runs through the Harz Mountains in the centre of the country, between Dankerode and the Wippertalsperre, near Leipzig and is receiving praise for giving nudists an opportunity to express themselves more freely. Heinz Ludwig, who runs a campsite in the Harz Mountains, led the project to create the nudist trail, overcoming some local protests by pointing out its potential boost for tourism. The Harzer Naturistenstieg has won praise for giving nudists an opportunity to express themselves more freely. Nudism is an expression for many a liberated mind in many countries. To the locals I would say: hike and let hike. To the nude hikers, I would say: mind the brambles and high thistles!
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Skip to content. The mile naked hiking trail opened last year in central Germany following a series of altercations between nudists and clothes-wearing hikers on regular trails. See a slideshow of nudist hikers on the trail, some photos NSFW. The tradition dates back to the late 19th century, and nude bathing is especially popular at designated beaches on the Baltic Sea coast in northern Germany. Naked hiking is also popular in Switzerland, but so far there are no sanctioned trails.
Hike Naked: Germany Opens New Nude-Friendly Nature Trails
Heinz Ludwig, who owns a campsite and restaurant in the small village of Dankerode in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt, has another passion beside serving food and providing tents: naked hiking. He is the initiator of a planned walking path meandering 18 kilometers 11 miles through the Harz mountain range in central Germany, which he claims will be Germany's first official naked hiking trail. The official opening ceremony and inaugural walk will take place at the start of the hiking season next May, but Ludwig has already posted the first sign warning trekkers that they might run across naturalists if they continue their journey.
Officials in the Swiss Alpine village of Appenzell have been forced to take firm action to stave off the threat of an invasion of German nudist hikers, instituting a hefty new fine for anyone caught on the mountainside in nothing but their boots and a backpack. But last summer, a new and unwelcome sort of visitor made an appearance, apparently encouraged by a German naturist organisation that suggested the area's lax rules made it an ideal getaway spot for those who need fresh air on their nether regions. Worried that the recommendation would spread by word of mouth, the Appenzell authorities decided to act before the advent of spring made an unencumbered walk in the hills an appealing prospect again. We live in the countryside and people here want to live a quiet and undisturbed life.