In the Harz mountains in the north of Germany, there is a dedicated kilometre mile trail from the town of Dankerode to the Wippertal reservoir and back that is dedicated to naked hiking. France is also generally open to naked hiking, but do take care in other countries. A couple of years ago, Switzerland had to pass a law banning nude hiking because so many naked Germans were wandering over the border that local sensibilities were offended. Whether you join up with an existing group or give it a go on your own, remember to put sunscreen and insect repellant in with the Schnapps. A scarf or small towel might be useful too, just in case you find yourself suddenly in the company of people who might not appreciate a full view of you in all your your glory.
A 'free body': Germany's nudist culture
It endorses a naturistic approach to sports and community living. Behind that is the joy of the experience of nature or also of being nude itself, without direct relationship to sexuality. The followers of this culture are called traditional naturists , FKK'ler, or nudists.
German naturists have been given a long-awaited chance to officially roam free after the announcement that a specialist nude hiking trail is set to open early next year. An mile trail, which runs between the town of Dankerode to the Wippertal dam, near Leipzig, is due to formally open next May, though some enthusiasts have already tried the route out. Heinz Ludwig, who runs a nearby campsite, has led the project to create the nudist trail that meanders up and down the Harz mountain range, a popular hiking destination, in central Germany, overcoming some local protests by pointing out its potential boost for tourism. The new hiking trail has won praise for giving nudists an opportunity to express themselves more freely.
Facebook Twitter Email. CNN — When I was a kid, my father always used to sunbathe nude in our garden at weekends. In public pools, children of all ages were allowed to run around naked all the time. Even now I'm comfortable with getting naked in the sauna or gym changing room. Maybe it's because I'm German. Nudism is traditionally popular in Germany, a country considered buttoned up and conservative compared with, let's say, Italy. When you travel there, you'll see that baring all is normal in saunas, swimming pools, the park and on the beach.