Richard Foley (richinud)

Naked hiking trail in puritan Switzerland?

Posted on March 17, 2014

According to BN magazine, a new naked hiking trail has been officially opened in Switzerland. In the very same country where a specific county banned naked hiking several years ago. Wonders will never cease 😀

 

 

 

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26 thoughts on “Naked hiking trail in puritan Switzerland?”

  1. I acquired my own love of naked saunas during holidays at Swiss hotels, but I have to say, the people I met in there were almost always Dutch or German. Even though the hotels had Swiss guests, who would use the (textile) pool, they seemed reluctant to venture past the "no costumes" signs and into the "naked zone".

    Whilst making sweeping generalisations about national stereotypes, I should add (especially for Renato) that the Brits mostly just arrogantly disregarded the signs altogether.

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  2. Curious. A country that apparently allows coed changing rooms, and nude-friendly wellness spa's is so against nude hiking… It's a bit like that other aberration, Australia, which generally has the weather to support a nude lifestyle, but not the community nor police tolerance.

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    • The Swissis are a very odd crowd. They have the Germanic love of naked saunas, but the a puritan view on nudity. I recall a Zurich public swimming pool which has separate changing rooms for men, and for women, and, wait for it, …children. WTF is all that about…?!

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  3. The article did provide an entirely plausible explanation of this however. The locals were against it, until someone explained how it would make them money, whereupon all objections swiftly vanished. Very Swiss!

    As a friend of mine, who lives there part-time, says – In Switzerland, anything is possible – all it takes is money. 😉

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  4. The magazine is the quarterly publication for members of BN (British Naturism). A PDF version is on their website (http://bn.org.uk) but I suspect only members have the necessary access to download it.

    However, it looks rather like the article was incorrect. The trail referred to doesn't seem to be in Switzerland at all but rather in Germany, in the Harz region. http://www.ausflugsziele-harz.de/ausflugsziele-sehenswertes/wandern-biken/harzer-naturistenstieg.htm

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  5. It is interesting how most people can find something entirely acceptable, (as most people find naked hiking entirely acceptable), but the puritan minority still manage to make the most noise and are therefore obeyed in the courts. And I mean this *everywhere*.

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