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Old 09-24-2009   #1
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Harz region to open first German hiking trail for nudists

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Germans are widely known for the ease with which they shed clothing, so it comes as little surprise the country’s first route for hiking naked could soon open in the hilly Harz region.

Foreigners are frequently shocked by the widespread nudity found in German parks and other public spaces, but even tolerant Teutons have their limits for the country’s Freikörperkultur (FKK), or literally “free body culture.” For example, most would disapprove of a group of girl scouts happening upon stark naked hikers while on a weekend camping trip.

Which is why Heinz Ludwig, an entrepreneur from the bucolic Harz region of Saxony-Anhalt, started an initiative to open the country’s first trail for hiking nude. Stretching 18 kilometres from the town of Dankerode to the Wippertal reservoir and back, it is intended to allow FKK aficionados to commune with nature while au naturel when it opens next May.

Click here for a photo gallery about the nudist trail with NAKED hikers.

Ludwig has started posting signs along the route warning more prudish nature lovers: “If you don’t want to see naked people you should not continue onward.”

The German media reported this week that hikers in the buff could already hit the trail, but Ludwig told the news agency DDP the path still needed to cleared of stinging nettles before the real nude fun could begin next spring.

“You have to be creative in order to survive,” said the restaurant camping grounds owner. “I expect it will spark interest far and wide and people will come here to eat, drink and sleep.”

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Hehe, I like the idea; or at least, I don't mind. ^_^
I mean; Why not?
Well, I should avoid to do my photo-hikes there, though.

But I posted that for another reason, actually.
Am I the only one, thinking the hinted advertise for there photo gallery is somehow funny? ^^

"Click here for a photo gallery about the nudist trail with NAKED hikers."? ^_^
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Old 09-26-2009   #2
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Re: Harz region to open first German hiking trail for nudists

Will they also walk barefoot?? Considering the needle trees, sticks and stones I would not recommend that.
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Re: Harz region to open first German hiking trail for nudists

why do people always enjoy nudist places. Really most of the people who are nudist should be wearing clothes.
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Old 09-27-2009   #4
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Re: Harz region to open first German hiking trail for nudists

I was about to ask the same thing, but Hamana beat me to it. Do they wear hiking boots? If so, are they still considered naked?!

So I took a look at the photos and indeed, the hikers are wearing boots and backpacks...and nothing else. I cannot imagine the chaffing!!
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... what about sunburns? o.O
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If so, are they still considered naked?!
Go outside with just boots and most of people will agree that you are naked
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What if they are solely turned on by feet? :P
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Re: Harz region to open first German hiking trail for nudists

Then they need to hope that no dog is close by to retrieve the branchlet ;-)

Chaffing? It isn't important how you look like within the nudist community.

We have that nudist movement here for ages; it's not that much of a matter anymore.

There is even a nudist lawn for sunbathing right in the center of Berlin.
That lawn is located in a big park called 'Tiergarten', right next to the victory column , a park and a place that is mostly crowded with tourists. There is no fence, no nothing around that place, it's just there and no one actually cares that much.


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I was about to ask the same thing, but Hamana beat me to it. Do they wear hiking boots? If so, are they still considered naked?!

So I took a look at the photos and indeed, the hikers are wearing boots and backpacks...and nothing else. I cannot imagine the chaffing!!
I'd expect it would depend on how "Orthodox" a nudist one is. ;) Kind of like there are different extremes of Vegetarianism. Some drink milk (lacto...something vegetarians?) and eggs (ovo...). So, I expect some nudists would don shoes--only to brave rougher terrains. Or perhaps their feet simply get tougher (quite possible, actually; I should know).

Anyway, I really like that idea, too, of special trails where the meaningfully nude can hike freely; I am an extremely liberal nudist myself (so liberal, in fact, that I still wear clothes 24/7. More a philosophical nudist, if that's possible. Non-practicing, certainly.)

That is cool, though. If only they had more places like that here (in Wisc.). The more liberal of us would wear cheeseheads while "practicing."
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Haha, that made my day (well, it made my night as it's already very late here)


I think I'm such a liberal, non practicing nudist as well ^_^ I'm mostly, if not always, nude under all of my clothes. ;-)
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Haha, that made my day (well, it made my night as it's already very late here)


I think I'm such a liberal, non practicing nudist as well ^_^ I'm mostly, if not always, nude under all of my clothes. ;-)
Hahaha, that's an excellent point! We're all nudists, underneath it all. :D
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I guess there is no such thing as a mosquito in Germany.
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Only nudists know the discomfort of being bitten on the dick by a skeeter.
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I guess there is no such thing as a mosquito in Germany.
We have a lot of gnats/midges over here as well. (Not sure if we mean the same with it.)
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That picture you linked looks like a mosquito to me.

And I am quite familiar with the mosquito considering that my home town is built on swampland.
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