You can hike naked on a trail in Germany. It opened on May 29, 2010, and it has been a hit. It’s located near the town of Dankerode where runners can be brave and enjoy being one with nature.
Mayor Monika Rauhut hailed the trail in Germany as “the latest attraction here in beautiful Wippertal.” It is such a hit that nearby Switzerland had taken the naked hike issue up by the Supreme Court. It is a trend in Europe?
The “unofficial spokesperson” for Swiss lovers of the outdoor activity isn’t so sure. But Puistola Grottenposch (not his real name) does see some upsides. A sanctioned trail would give many people an opportunity to experience the “bodily freedom” that only hiking in the nude offers. He says that it’s an experience that “fills you with happiness.”
In Germany, signs placed around the nude trail area warn: “If you don’t want to run into any naked people, stop right here!” The message makes Grottenposch uneasy. “It seems to suggest such a thing would be terrible,” he says.
“The sign could be taken as more of an encouragement than a deterrent.” Nor does he like the idea that such a trail could be seen as a “ghetto” for nude hikers, particularly as such a thing might make people think “that it’s obligatory to be clothed everywhere else.”
Would you hike naked in Germany?