D · Petition as to the German Act on Regulatory Offences, section 118 »Public Nuisance«, initiated via Campact [20 July 2017]
Stefan Rohde from Dietzenbach, operator of the website naturisten-lehrpfad.info, has sent a petition to the federal government via the campact campaigning website: abolition-of-offense-undeclared-in-the-public-after-section-118-owig (in German).
The petition, however, is quite questionable. For it is a fact that »nudity in public« is not at a public nuisance under »catalog according to section 118 OWiG«.
Moreover, there is no official »catalog according to section 118 OWiG«. There are only various legal opinions by well-known lawyers who have commented from their own study of the issues and from their expertise. The »catalog« contains useful information and valuable legal opinions but they are not, currently, legally binding, even if they are used as source of information. But, results of studies can't be abolished.
It is true however, that »walking in the nude« is subject to penal sanctions under the local bye-law of numerous cities and municipalities. For this reason, our nude hikes and similar activities take place in the open (away from towns and villages), and clothing is put on when the hikers pas through a village (example: TNT nude hike at the Leibis Dam on 19 July 2017). If Stefan Rohde wants to change such local by-laws, he has to send petitions to all relevant cities and municipalities, not to the federal government.
D · Naturist Days in Thuringia 2017 [24 July 2017]
In 2017, Andreas once again initiated the Thuringian Naturist Days, this time again with 10 events from 14 to 23 July
Sun 23 July: Hike to the Kickelhahn (861 m) [23 July 2017]
Today, 20 naturists and one dog were able to experience the tenth and last of these Thuringian naturist excursions. First we went by train to Rennsteig station. An announcement on the train informed us that the last part of the railway track with over 60 per mille could be handled just by powerful motorized locomotives without additional aids such as toothed racks and gears or steel ropes.
Afterwards it was easy for us to handle moderate winds and temperatures between 18 and 20 ° C. We hiked approximately 16 KM with 270 metres of ascent and descent. On the way we admired a delightful forest with numerous colourful specimens of the local flora and fauna. A curious spider explored one of our hikers by walking on him! Thus nature came very close to us, pure naturism.
3 km before the end of the hike we returned to the Kickelhahn (861 m) for some local gastronomy.
We climbed to the 30 m high stone tower on the Kickelhahn. We then had a clear 3 km long descent to our vehicles and on the way had a nude visit to Goethe's hut on the Kickelhahn, which Goethe even visited one day before his 82nd birthday. Following one of his many visits he wrote his famous poem "On all the tops of the trees" on September 6, 1780 shortly after his 31st birthday. Until 1831 he visited this place again and again. Today, the poem has been translated into several European languages, including Russian, French, Dutch, and many non European languages including Arabic, and is engraved on a glass plate:
(Goethezeitportal – Image of the poem by Goethe on the screen of boards)
- »[…] Already, Goethe wrote „the true man is the nude man“ […]«:
The number of the languages, which are spoken in the numerous countries from which visitors have travelled, or where they were born or grew up – France, Germany, Ghana, Luxembourg, Netherlands, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia (in alphabetical order) – has been nearly as large as the number of languages, into which this poem has been tranlated.
– Report: Rainer; Photos: Horst.
Sat 22 July: Hike at Hohe Tanne near Neustadt am Rennsteig [22 July 2017]
Continuous rain which was predicted by several weather forecasts for the day was a worry. But instead the 30 naturists experienced just cloudy skies and temperatures between 20 ° and 25 °. There was only rain before the descent and during the stop at the Hotel »Hohe Tanne«. However, the wind was uncomfortable at the start of the hike.
The 13 km long hike led from the »Hohe Tanne« towards the west over the »Vordere Haube« and from the »Reichelstaler Teich« to the »Höllteich« and back to the starting point. Of course, we used the ponds again for bathing!
– Report: Rainer; Photos: Horst.
Schwarza Valley 2: A mountain railway
Fri 21 July: Hike along the Schwarza Valley and a mountain railway [21 July 2017]
About half of the 31 naturists travelled by historic motor coach from Schwarzmühle station to Sitzendorf station to the start of the 15 KM hike. The historic motor coach had noisy squealing wheels, especially on the curves and cobbles of the old streets. The other half of the group came from »Cursdorf« to the start by train and cableway.
The nudist walk first went through the forest to the lower station of the mountain railway. The wagons of the railway hang on a common cable, so that the heavier wagon, when descending, pulls the lighter one up. Only in the opposite direction does additional energy have to be expended. Most of the hiking group chose the footpath, which in 900 metres distance gains over 200 metres of altitude. The rest of the group ascended by the convertible mountain railway and waved at the hikers as they passed.
The onward route of the mountain railway from Lichtenhain to Mellenbach offered several beautiful views in the Schwarza valley with sunshine and up to 28 ° C air temperature. Many of the hikers decided to return by train to Mellenbach. The remaining small group had to make their way to Schwarzmühle, and had to wait three minutes before the train arrived.
At the end of the day there was a barbecue evening at the Talmühle in Cursdorf, while half-board guests and other foodies gathered for an alternative meal in the hotel restaurant »Waldfrieden« in Schwarzmühle, which resulted in an unfinished philosophical discussion on the nature of infinity.
Thu 20 July: Hike or bike tour in the nude near Neuhaus [20 July 2017]
Sixteen cycling fans decided to travel their own way today and set off separately from the 8-person hiking group. Their start was Neuhaus at the Rennweg where some of the cyclists could hire a bike for the day. Others had bike carriers on their cars and had brought along their own bikes.
The trail led upward in a predominantly cloudy sky and 23 ° air temperature over the Rennsteig and Panoramaweg towards the west and to the upper basin of the Goldisthal and the Vattenfall pumped-storage power station. From the observation point we could see not only the basin, but also the great panoramic view of the mountains in the northwest.
On the way back the bike group was caught in a heavy thunderstorm. Those who had raincoats tried (in vain) to protect themselves from the torrential downpour. Those who had no coats took off their remaining protective clothing, and allowed the rain to run down their legs into their shoes (if any). However, the temperature had now fallen to 18 °.
In parallel with the cycling tour the hiking group hiked numerous hiking trails which had high-quality moss covering and were comfortable to those hiking barefoot. At the Schwarza source the water has a constant temperature of 6.1 ° C and rises through a fracture (column source) between slate and sandstone. In our further route we explored a part of the Rennsteig and marvelled especially at its annual use as a marathon course. – Translation: John; Report: Rainer; photos: Horst
In the restaurant »Schmelztiegel« [en: »Melting Pot«] in Neuhaus we were able to restore our energies and consumed calories in a very welcome and pleasant manner!
– Info: Rainer and John; Photos: Horst.
Wed 19 July: Nude hike at the Leibis Dam [19 July 2017]
34 nude hikers, male and female, between the ages of 12 and 75 set off in direct sunshine and 32 C temperatures to hike to the Leibis dam. The initial ascent from 349 m altitude at the foot of the Staumauer to the first resting place at 600 m altitude at the forest edge near Meura was very strenuous due to the steep gradient. And the hardest part of the hike was in temperatures of up to 25 ° C.
In Meura itself all hikers put on their trousers for a short time. As a reward for this inconvenience, they treated themselves to a few balls of ice cream or a really cold drink at the kiosk.
After leaving the village the hiking group took off the few clothes they had on, and were now much more comfortable in the clearly rising temperatures. After a cooling bath in a stream we approached the dam, which contained very little water, but the route to it gave us a nice view of the dam.
Our day ended with a visit to the "Hirsch" in Unterweißbach, where the varied wishes of the wandering participants were fully met to the satisfaction and enjoyment of all.
Tue 18 July: Nude hike in the Black Valley near Bad Blankenburg [18 July 2017]
The good weather with summer temperatures (26 ° maximum) attracted 31 naturists who wanted to join the "challenging" hike from Bad Blankenburg. The cumulative ascent and descent were shown to be over 500 m on some maps and over 800 m on others. After a short road stage, the hike route went to the Griesbachfelsen [en. Griesbach Rock] over the Ingoklippe [en. Ingo's Sheer].
The hike continued to the nature reserve station. At the tower we were most impressed by a wasp nest with a more than 2,000 wasps! Afterwards we had to cross the Schwarza which was not so easy for some hikers who had difficulty balancing. But all of us, some with a little support, managed to get across.
Then we hiked in the nude over Eberstein [en: Eber Stone], Elisabethfelsen [en: Elisabeth's Rock] and Katzenstein [en: Cat Stone] back to our starting point. From there, we reached the restaurant Schweizerhaus [en: Swiss House] in the Schwarza Valley [en: Black Valley], where we enjoyed cool drinks and tasty food to finish a very busy day.
Mon 17 July: Nude hike around the Schönbrunn Dam [17 July 2017]
Monday offered us settled weather up to 23°C, although with sunshine only occasionally. 24 hikers, male and female, met at the parking lot for a circular walk around the Schoenbrunn dam. The route offered some nice views of the lake, but the high vegetation at the edge of the dam made us feel like we were in the Thuringian Forest.
The dam is used for drinking water production, so swimming in the lake and in the tributaries is not allowed. Sadly, the 5 nude walkers ignored this, and thus showed the 3 children who happened to be present, that bathing prohibitions are, in their opinion, there to be ignored.
For dinner we went to the Triniusbaude at the Rennsteig, a restaurant, which was well prepared for our large group of hungry hikers. The western germans among us learned the difference between eastern and western Zigeunerschnitzel [en: Hungarian style escalope, i.e. escalope in spicy sauce with red and green peppers].
Sun 16 July: Nude hike from Pointersheim to Gölitzwände [en: Gölitz Walls] [16 July 2017]
Our Sunday started with early sunshine and 22°C and over 23°C air temperature throughout the day. The 30 nude hikers went past the mussel limestone walls, the bar-tower, the Fröbeldenkmal [en: Fröbel's memorial] and enjoyed a series of spectacular and memorable views. We had too little time to examine their geological and botanical particularities – for those, who are interested, a hike for more detailed examination will be surely worth the time.
After all, it was a special event when the students give their teacher Barop a lookout tower for the anniversary of his 50 years service. And the hikers could not forget that Friedrich Fröbel entered new territory when he defined the concept of "kindergarten" at his children's therapy facility in Weimar in the 19th century.
Today, we welcomed an exceptional hiking couple who had recently arrived from the Netherlands. The lady had spent her youth in Namibia, South Africa, and other African countries. She then met her husband in England and eventually they both moved to France. Today the couple live as cosmopolitan globetrotters, and also as a nude travellers in Thuringia!
For dinner most of us selected Thuringian dumplings with roulade or duck. This tasty Thuringian specialty was available in the small village-restaurant "Zur Liske" in Zeigerheim. However the simultaneous appearance of 25 hikers was a significant challenge for the restaurant management and the kitchen staff!
Schwarza Valley 1: Schwarzberg
Sat 15 July: Nude hiking in the Schwarzatal [en: Schwarza Valley] near Schwarzberg [15 July 2017]
The first TNT weekend started in chilly conditions with temperatures around 14 °C at the meeting point parking lot. However, 21 naturists started the 15 km long hike. As the wind blew a bit uncomfortably, many hikers stayed in warm clothing for a few hours. It was not until noon that the temperature reached 19 ° C and the sun was able to warm us up. Then all of us were able to hike as we should.
For dinner, the hungry hikers gathered in the restaurant at the Sitzendorf railway station and enjoyed typical Thuringian cuisine.
Fri 14 July: Nude hiking in the area of the Drei Gleiche [en: "Three Equals"] [14 July 2017]
Today, on the "International Day of Nudity", the German radio broadcasting station MDR Thüringen (in German) had sent us a reporter to our start at the parking lot below the Wachsenburg to carry out a few interviews with the nude hikers. These were then broadcast already for the first time in the afternoon program.
The ascent to Wachsenburg was the first stage for the 17 naturists on our 14 km long hike. Although we had only a brief view into the castle grounds, we could still appreciate its exposed position.
The next stage led towards Gleichen Castle and a vista opened up to give us many photo opportunities in the direction of the south from the Wachsenburg [en: Wachsen Castle], and the ruin of the Gleichen Castle on the north side of the A4. We then went on to the Mühlenburg [en: Mill Castle]. When we arrived, we entered the castle grounds with its excellent view over Mühlberg to Gotha, climbed the tower, visited the exhibition room and enjoyed a refreshing, delicious, remarkably well presented ice cream.
At the end of the first day of the TNT we enjoyed delicious Western-style food in the "Lasso" saloon which was full of (western) character. – Translation: John
– Translation: John
Drone video: Nude hike on a castle ruin [9 July 2017]
What spectacular views can include videos taken with a drone are shown by the strip here, where a group of nudist walkers climb a castle ruin, while some volunteers carry out conservation work on the ruin. Also, an elaborate conversation took place.
Thanks to Natfree, who placed this video at our disposal! It is available in different resolutions (new tab / new window):
D · WNT 2017 - Westphalian Naturist Days [2 July 2017]
The Westphalian Naturist Days took place for the second time in 2017: 9 days from the end of June to the beginning of July.
Sun 2 July: Naked walking and naked wading in the western Münsterland [2 July 2017]
After the activities for Saturday were cancelled due to cool, rainy and windy weather conditions, 9 naturists, men and women, came to the gathering point for the closing event on Sunday. In the late morning some heavy clouds were threatening to dump down cool drizzle. Therefore the day began as it would normally end – with a stop at the restaurant Haus Waldfrieden. With soused herring or ice cream with hot cherries, the group’s calorie supply was supplemented until it could begin hiking a little later than planned. The drizzle eventually stopped and a warm breeze came up. This loosened the clouds and a walk under favourable weather conditions was possible.
After 5 km the group split into two smaller groups. One of these sub groups continued on and waded through the Kannebrock creek. Those who wanted to keep their feet dry, the majority, continued on dirt roads. Soon everyone’s feet were either dusty from the paths or muddy after emerging from the creek.
In the Waldfrieden House there was a delicious dinner at the end of the hike. At the close of the WNT the initiators, mic + Rainer, announced a small four-day programme to catch up on some of the events that were shortened or cancelled.
Statistics for the programme: At this year's WNT in June / July 101 naturists, men and women, hiked 1,695 person-kilometres in 7 days, there were 97 person-stops in local inns and restaurants, and 58 overnight stays. – Source: mic + Rainer
Biking or hiking? Kubb!
Fri 30th June: Playing nude Kubb instead of hiking and cycling [30 June 2017]
Shortly before the planned start the weather was changeable and threatening. Therefore instead of their nude hiking and cycling the 9 naturists chose an alternative programme. In the garden they set up a Kubb pitch. This allowed them to come into the house if rain came, or to play a game called “Viking Chess” in the garden.
– Translation: John. Report: Rainer; photo: Friedhelm
Thu 29 June: Nude hiking or cycling at Warendorf [29 June 2017]
The hiking and cycling groups both started a 18 km hike and a 50 km bike tour along the bank of the Ems and planned to meet again further on for a first rest together. There were overcast skies and a light breeze with occasional drizzle – not ideal conditions. The cyclists needed courage and concentration against the headwinds and their cooling effects. The air temperature rose from 19 ° C at the beginning to 21 ° C later. Despite this, at the first break, the numbers in the hiking group reduced from 4 to 3, and the cyclists from 6 to 5!
Two of the hikers let themselves float about 800 m down river on the Ems. Besides water energy, wind energy was the main topic of this nudevent. And, of course the naturists could see the progress being made in developing wind power in the Ems riverside fields region.
Wed 28 June: Drinking water production area at Hiltrup Lake [28 June 2017]
Yesterday, we had been at the former Rieselfelder northeast of Münster (Westf.). Today 21 naturists, male and female, met at the car park near the Hiltrup Lake and planned to hike the local water catchment area of the Hohe Ward [en: the higher ground overlooking the plain]. However, the old Germanic weather god Thor had instructed his apprentice Peter to demonstrate to the naked naturists that drinking water does not come from the earth but rains down from the sky! In view of this clear lesson the planned walking tour was shortened from 16 to 6 km. The rest of the afternoon was spent at Café 7 at the port of Münster where salad, lasagne and apple pies were eaten indoors, and in comfort, instead of at a snack car.
Tue 27 June: Nude walk through former Rieselfelder [27 June 2017]
Sixteen hikers arrived to hike through the open countryside in Münster's northeast under cloudy skies, but with temperatures of up to 23 ° C. Our plan was to hike through the former Rieselfelder, which has today become a retreat for various waterfowl and regenerated plant life. The area has hundreds of species of shrubs, grasses, aquatic plants and wild herbs. From various observation stations we could observe the colourful activity of the animals and birds on water and in the air.
The asparagus posters were still hanging, but the asparagus season was now over. The water provides a habitat for all – from the proud swan to the duck, water fowl and other birds. There were informative signs and posters along the reed trail./p>
Mon 26 June: Nude hiking for 15 to 24 km in northwest Münsterland [26 June 2017]
The 15 participants could walk a full 24 km route or choose a shortened 15 km circuit. The rain from the west had stopped one to two hours before the start of the hike, and the rising sun soon heated the air up to 25 ° C. The landscape alternated between agricultural and forestry use. The tranquillity of nature was disturbed only by birdsong and human voices.
Dinner in Lintels Kotten was a welcome and necessary refreshment after the long hike. The Manneken fountain statue in the restaurant garden was an amusing and lively connection to real life.
Hiking and swimming
Sun 25 June: Hiking or swimming from the track in the Ems in der Ems [25 June 2017]
On day two of the WNT the participants were able to replace part of the hike by swimming from the track along the Ems. However, the low water level in the river meant it was only a satisfactory swimming pleasure for those with the lowest draft!
Along the canal we went towards Ems. At the edge of the asparagus fields the cover tarpaulins are stored for next year. Today was not entirely clear of rain.
– Report: Rainer, photos: Tanja
Sat 24 June: Nude walk along the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal [24 June 2017]
The first hike of WNT 2017 took place in Münster’s northeast. The 16 male and female naturists found the 21 ° C air temperature cool because their skin had had to cope with 35 ° C ambient temperature only a few days ago. The fresh wind with gusts up to magnitude 7 meant there was definite wind chill.
Nevertheless, the hikers had a lot of fun. They saw and experienced much variety along the canal, the marina, the Ems, a section of the canal no longer navigable, the aqueduct construction site, and in the forests and fields of the Bockholt Mountains.
– Translation: John