The Germans are introducing a new hiking trail for people who want to walk in the nude.
It’s an 11-mile route through the Harz mountains near Leipzig in east central Germany and is due to open in May next year. However, some enthusiasts have already stripped off and have been striding off with nothing more than a smile and a rucksack.
There are signs warning more conservative walkers that they might prefer to use alternative routes. “If you do not want to see naked people then do not go past this point.”
The Germans already lay claim to the world’s first nudist hotel, have hundreds of nudist beaches and even hold the occasional nude tobogganing race.
Jeanette Schuchmann, Deputy Director at the German National Tourist Office for UK and Ireland said: “Walking is a passion shared by many nationalities. Nudism is an expression for many a liberated mind in many countries.”
Heinz Ludwig, who runs a nearby campsite and led the project to create the nudist trail, overcame some local protests by pointing out the trail’s potential. “I think it’s a great way to promote tourism here,” he said.
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