Swiss Naked Hiking Fines – Hiking a cross the Swiss Alps, naked, may get you more than just a chill after Switzerland’s top court ruled that those who do so may receive fines, validating a conservative region’s bid to squash the practice.
A court rejected the appeal of a man slapped with a 100 Swiss franc (NZ$143) fine. The man had walked naked past a family with small children at a picnic area and a Christian rehabilitation centre for drug addicts one Sunday afternoon in the eastern canton state of Appenzell Ausserrhoden.
“The fundamental right to personal freedom is only marginally, if at all, infringed upon by a ban on hiking naked in a public area,” the court said in a statement.
The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says naked hiking is an increasingly popular pastime in Switzerland. The mountainous cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and Appenzell Ausserrhoden, which only gave women the right to vote two decades ago, are popular among nude hiking enthusiasts.
According to The Local Switzerland, the man admitted he had been hiking in the nude and said he had indulged in the practice for two years. But he denied he had been acting indecently. Trekking down the trails in the nude is not illegal in Switzerland but it is possible for individual Swiss cantons to apply indecency laws.