On 31 March, the temperature in Munich and the surrounding area rose to 24°C. “Nude Alex” had invited at short notice to a nude hiking tour in the meadows of the Isar, and many took the opportunity fo an early season opening. His website “Kleine Wanderung, großer Auftakt – Frühling in den Auen” (isar-nacktsport.de), offers the first photos of the nude hiking season 2017 – and even one of a short swim in the still cold floods of the Isar River!
► Late summer naturist meeting in upper Bavaria [11 September 2016]
Two prussians*) (from Thuringia and North Rhine-Westphalia) informed themselves a few days before “Nude Alex” offered a hiking tour to some Gumpen, about naturists at the Isar River. They met with naturists living there and practiced nude hiking and bathing in the Isar at 29°C air temperature and in refreshing water at 16°C.
Nature was able to impress with a variety of plant life, crystal clear river water, fish, and traces of work of beavers, whose buildings can be found right on the water's edge. Now, also two prussians know, that Gumpen are water-filled natural pools in the rocks, in which you can have a pleasant bath.
► Naturist meeting in upper Bavaria [12 September 2016]
Further upwards the Isar, the naturists explored the impressive natural river landscape halfway through the water, half on pebbles, in sunshine, blue skies, at 26°C air temperature, and there at the upper reaches of the Isar refreshing 10°C water temperature. Walking sticks proved to be useful in balancing on the differently sized pebbles of the water, but partly less useful because of locally strong currents.
Fortunately, passages with strong currents were only short and not too frequent. And again and again, enough deep places with moderate flow offered the opportunity to a refreshing bath. We got a good idea of how river landscapes were before human interventions: meandering in a wide pebble bed, with relatively shallow water and constant changes in the river's course.
Afterwards, the return through shaded forests took place on a first pre-alpine rise, which a number of cyclists took sportily, back to the starting point.
There, the naturists could once again bathe in the Isar and refresh themselves. Only comment from sunbathing textile weares near a parking lot for hikers on the edge of a village: “Is not that too cold? We were only with a foot in there, and it was too cold for us.” Well, after a hike at such a high air temperature, this is really a pleasant cool down.
We wished each other a nice day and went over the bridge. Sun and a friendly wind dried us, so that we did not even need a towel on arrival at the car.
► Naturist prussians continue to travel in Bavaria [13 September 2016]
The prussian naturists in Bavaria explored at 29°C air temperature the meadows and gentle slopes at the Loisach near Garmisch-Partenkirchen with the impressive panorama around the mountains Zugspitze and Karwendel. We shortened time for bathing in the Loisach slightly due to its water temperature of 10°C.
Particularly exciting was a part of the hike along the river – it felt almost as overgrown as Amazon jungle. Leisure teams on inflatable boats, in canoes, or on horseback in the river greeted as friendly as well as a farmer from his tractor doing hay harvest.
► Hike by Nude Alex to 'some “Gumpen” [14 September 2016]
20 naturists gathered to hike with Alex on his tour to some Gumpen. Up to 23°C air temperature and sunshine were the pleasant conditions, so that a bath in one of the numerous Gumpen with 9°C to 10°C water temperature always offeres a welcome refreshment. One Gumpe even had a natural shower of its own – water falling in it offered a strong massaging effect.
After arriving at Sylvensteinsee Lake, the participants entered the over 500-year-old restaurant Zum Altwirt [en: At The Old Barkeeper] in Lenggries and then switched, in order to end calmfully an eventful day, to a neighbouring ice cream parlour.
► Nude in the meadows of the Isar, central Munich [15 September 2016]
At the end of beautiful Upper Bavarian Naturist Days, the naturists experienced the Isar between Flaucher, a since 120 years existing nature reserve in the middle of Munich, and Grünwald at 23°C and sunshine.
The meadows at the Isar have been restored with great success in recent years. Plants, animals, and people feel equally well. A heron waited not far from the Flaucher on a stone in the crystal-clear water for food swimming by. Information panels describe the measures for renaturation, signs inform about the naturally behaviour in nature: no broken pieces of glass and no garbage left behind.
Between two nude hikes of about 6 und 11 km, we have had a typical Bavairian second breakfast called Brotzeit in a small beer garden directly nearby the Flaucher. We didn't miss a bath in the 16°C warm water of the Isar!
*) It is a running gag in Germany, that some people in Bavaria distinguish Germans only into Bavarians (i.e. themselves) and Prussians (i.e. all others in Germany). Some – untranslatable – jokes make fun of that.
– Report and photos: Horst and Rainer
Michael, since some time recurrently being initiator of nude hikes in the Eifel Mountains, had invited to a hike near Blankenheim. Here's his report:
Extreme heat during the days before was temporarily replaced by a less hotter phase, but still quit warm with temperature between 24°C at the start of the hike and up to 28°C later on. 22 naturists had followed the call and hiked mainly through meadows with wide panoramic views into the country, whereby the wooded slopes of the Ahr valley formed the green horizon line – in strong contrast to the yellow of the desiccated meadows. The hike was 14 km long and ended with a stop at the Evert Beer Garden.
23 naturists joined the exhibition's curator Dr Barbara Martin on a guided tour through the special exposition “Nackt und bloß” [en: Naked and bare] in Hanover State Museum.
She informed about the development of nude painting and the changing attitudes to nudity and gender roles in the society of about 100 years ago, as well as paintings and graphics of Lovis Corinth and his underlying motivation.
The tour created better understanding among those participating. For natury personally, the picture “Die Nacktheit” [en: Nudity] of a lying woman and two playing children triggered most intense feelings, as it remembered him of his birthdays as a child (on hot July days celebrated nude in the garden) and of very similar photos of these days, showing children concentrated on playing their games just as deeply as those on the picture at the exhibition and waving as cheerfully as the depicted child.
After the guided tour, the naturists had the opportunity to visit “KunstWelten” [en: Art Worlds], one of the standard exhibitions in the State Museum, where visitors can step through art back to the 13th century.
There is an almost 200-year-old statue, showing a modern and young looking couple, who demonstrate, what is still happening now and then today: He is quite naturally in the nude, but she does not dare. And there is the living couple of nowadays, holding hands behind the stony one, 200 years after the creation of the statue.
Although we had already explored a part of the museum before the tour – where natury also saw the bog body of the Man from “Neu-Versen”, which shuddered him with fear 60 years ago, when he was a pupil. Time was too short, to cover all the treasures of the multi-thematic state museum (country, coast, and air worlds, human worlds = evolution and ethnology, art worlds, etc.): We will definitely come back, even in clothes if absolutely necessary!
Report by Hanover's daily periodical:
“‘Nackt und bloß’: Nudisten sehen sich Ausstellung an” (haz.de)
The museum on Instagram:
“Landesmuseum Hannover” (instagram.com)
The “Special Meeting” by Petra and Uwe is always fun for approx. 40 naturists in a rented hut. Besides sauna and nude hiking, bodypainting takes place. Our presentation was rewarded with icecream. The long weekend beginning with Corpus Christi in 2019 was again an opportunity for naturists to gather for naturist days in the Harz Mountains and to undertake naturist activities together in the Oberharz region.
During these naturist days, 13 of the naturists participated in a bodypainting. After the already traditional presentation of our body-art works between church and town hall in Clausthal, some of us enjoyed a delicious ice cream. Other guests and passers-by first showed their surprise at the colourful “dresses”, then greeted back friendly and took an unusual memory home.
After the trip to Clausthal, some of us did a short hike before dinner. We encountered a family with two boys and two girls. They obviously had a lot of fun in view of our picturesque skin art, and when we told them about having ice cream in Clausthal, they had to laugh out loud – their cheerfulness sounded for quite a while.
– Report: Rainer; photos: Helmut
More than 40 naturists from Germany and the Netherlands met in Harz Mountains for some days of naktivities. Amongst other activities like visitor tours in the vicinity, hiking in the buff as well as nude swimming, sunbathing, relaxing, and sauna were on the agenda. Also, there was an option to participate actively in a bodypainting.
► Thu 15 June: “Wasserregale”
Note on the term “Wasserregale”:
The German noun “Wasser” is “water” in English. In German of our times, “Regal” gives German native speakers at first a remembrance of “shelve”, “bookshelf”, or “rack”. Such an understanding in combination with water sounds somehow strange. In the context of this report, such asssumptions are completely misleading:
“‘Wasserregal’ (‘Regal’ from latin ‘rex’, ‘regis’, or ‘King’, in the sense of ‘royal sovereignty’) names a sovereign right vested in the state or head of state with respect to water and its use.”
– Source: ‘Wasserregal’ (de.wikipedia.org), 2021, translated, layout modified by author
In Harz Mountains regarding to this topic, it's all about ponds created for water regulation in by-gone times of mining there. The ponds still exist. A detailed explanation in English “Upper Harz Water Regale” (en.wikipedia.org) is also available.
At 26°C and sunshine, 26 naturists hiked 15 km through a varied landscape of forest and meadows. During past times of mining in the region, so-called ‘Wasserregale’ – (Ancient) rights and duties concerning regulation of the level of water] – were the reason, to artificially create numerous basins for water regulation. Nowadays, they offer many possibilities for cooling, bathing, and swimming.
A dragonfly landed unerringly and posed in front of the macro lens.
► Sat 17 June: Bodypainting
Due to air temperature of only 16°C and a cloudy sky, those 20 naturists, who had applied for a bodypainting, were happy to have a heated space – preparation and painting did even last some hours. Finally, we presented ourselves as living works of art to the public on the marketplace in the centre of Clausthal between church and 'Rathaus' [en: townhall].
On 3 October at the initiative of Horst K., one woman and six men met for a Märchenwald [en: Fairy Tale Forest] hike on the Panoramaweg [en: Panorama Trail] in Burgwald Mountains around Rauschenberg near Marburg. All enjoyed the day, and the weather appeared much better than at home.
On the way to the castle ruin, we passed through the Fairy Tale Forest, which had been planted some 20 years earlier. At the ruin, we met a few youngsters, who had bounced up the mountain on bicycles. They had chosen this terrain as their adventure playground for the day.
Several hikers on the way were all wrapped in thick clothes. They often asked us, in amazement, if it were not cold. We explained, that this was not the case for us. When human skin acting as a temperature sensor receives uniform information, the body adapts – within reasonable limits – to the ambient temperature without feeling cold. When the body is provided with contradictory information – warm under clothing and cool on unclothed skin – then body temperature regulation does not work so well.
After 16 km we followed the example of peacefully grazing sheep and ended our day at a restaurant in Rauschenberg.
– Report: Rainer (Westphalia); photos: Rainer (Odenwald).
At the meeting point of the hike, a rather fresh wind was blowing in the late morning. However, an air temperature of about 17°C made a textile-free hike possible on the varied route, which offered far-reaching views into the hilly landscape of the Lahn-Dill Mountains. Cloudy skies alternated with diffuse sunlight and bright sunshine. A short rain shower, which surprised the hiking group during a rest, could not disturb the mood for hiking on the route of approximately 15 km. The end of the nice day was spent together in a pizzeria with delicious food.
– Report and photos: Horst K.; Translation: John
We had a lot of sports and fun with nude hikes and a canoe trip in the nude.
Up to 20 naturists attended the naktivities. Musical entertainment in between provided the “Blues, Roots, and Song Festival” in Schneverdingen – just a reason to come back.
The aficionados of nude sports from all over Germany and neighboring countries spent 14 days in the Lüneburg Heath and the banks of the Elbe River with naturist activities and have enjoyed the specialties of local gastronomy at the end of the day. We could make a landlady of our guest room happy by giving her a T-shirt with the imprint “Vater, Mutter, Sohn und Lehrer – alle gehen nackt-wandern.de” [en: “Dad, mum, son, and teacher – all are hiking-in-the-buff.info”], because she wanted to give it her grandson as a present.
On Sunday, 3 July, the group of hikers encountered a Heath Park ranger, who expressed vigorous concerns concerning hiking in the buff. With a few corrections concerning legal situation, he let himself calm down.
On Saturday, 9 July, then another Heath Park ranger appeared and wanted to stop the nude hike. He said, he had a mandate to advise nude hikers outside of the “official” nude hiking nature trail at Undeloh, that they must not be in the nude outside of this trail. In addition, he spoke of a deed “Erregung Öffentlichen Ärgernisses” [en: “Causing a public disturbance”], which of course is completely beside the point, because such a deed is per definition of the law always a sexual deed in public.
He did not believe that and called the police. A female officer initially spoke of “exposing genitals”, but we made it clear to her, that this was not the purpose of our hike. Another police officer answered by phone and asked for the personal details of the initiator of the hike. A few hours later, he called again and said, that there was no reason to intervene.
The initiator then gave this message to Heath Park ranger, who now clearly found it personally very unpleasant, to be be handled by police as “complainant”.
– Report: Rainer
Drone videos can show spectacular views: Nude hikers climb a castle ruin, while some volunteers carry out conservation work on the ruin. Also, a lively conversation took place.
Palatinate [de: Pfalz] is a region in the south-west of Germany. Some naturists from Germany and Luxembourg met for a couple of days, to hike in the buff and to enjoy the regional kitchen.
► Sun 28 May: Climbing the 'Drachenfels' in the heat [28 May 2017]
An international group of naturists made a hike in Hunsrück Mountains at a temperature of 30°C. In spite of the heat, they climbed Drachenfels Mountain, where also a lot of dressed hikers were enjoying the panorama.
On the way to one of the panorama cliffs
After 300 m straight downhill, the hikers enjoyed an ice-cream or cake in the restaurant Saupferch in the mid of the woods. From there, they still had to hike another five and a half mile on a route uphill to the parking lot. AIn the evening, all the better were the tasty cool drinks and good food in the hotel Zum Hirsch in Ramsen.
► Mon 29 May: Nude ascent onto the 'Donnersberg' [29 May 2017]
Hike on the Palatine High Route
On Donnersberg Mountain
After having finished the ascent, we were accepted being in the nude at Ludwigsturm [en: Ludwig's Tower], could have a ice cream and and a coffee. We learned all about the surroundings and the hidden attractions in conversation with the kiosk operator and other guests. After this enjoyment, we went back to the parking lot, could admire on the way some works of art, that were dedicated to the past of Donnersberg as a Celtic settlement. We took the last rest at Adlerbogen [en: Eagle's Bow], a starting point for paragliders and kite gliders.
► Tue 30 May: Nude hike at 'Eulenbis' [30 May 2017]
Eulenbis, a small village in the district of Kaiserslautern, was the starting point for today's hike. The senior of the hiking group soon realised, that the terrain made a little to high demands on his physical condition and the other participants had to wait for him ongoingly. So he said goodbye and looked for an easier way to cope.
In the meantime, dark clouds soon developed minatorially in the west, and after a few minutes, a remarkable thunderstorm with lightning, thunder, and heavy rain took place. But this lasted barely twenty minutes, then the thunderstorm had pushed along, and the sun warmed the air, which had cooled down in the meantime. A stork wandered across a meadow and searched the ground for food.
► Wed 31 May: Nude hiking near 'Falkenstein' Castle ruin [1 June 2017]
Falkenstein Ruin was the starting and finishing point of a nude hike in once again midsummer weather conditions. The most exciting break was at Weiße Grube [en. White Mine], an old mining gallery, which is still accessible today. All around, various remains of former mining of iron and other ores as well as precious stones bear witness to centuries of mining tradition.
Apart from several old mining tunnels also impressive tree Kronenbuche, ruin of Hohenfels Castle, Beutelfelsen Mountain, as well as places called Rote Halde and Dicke Eiche were intermediate points of this hike, which was completed at the restaurant Falkensteinerhof with ice-cream, coffee, and cake.
Birgeler Urwald [en: Birgelen Primeval Forest] is a natural naturist area in the “Nature Reserve Maas-Schwalm-Nette” between the rivers of that names in Western Germany and the Limburg District of The Netherlands.
Four of us had registered first for Herbert's nude hike in the Vulkaneifel Mountains and were looking forward to be actively nude there again, to see well-known naturists again and to get to know new ones. However, in view of the forecast of thunderstorms in that hiking area, we decided at short notice, not to take the long drive to get there, and hiked instead in Birgelen Primeval Forest.
This choice gave us pleasant May weather with sun, weak wind, and air temperature above 20°C as well as a pleasant refreshing swim in a pond in the primeval forest.
We enjoyed bright, fresh green of spring, singing birds, and croaking frogs as many other hiking and cycling people did in the nature park. On the horizon, it became sometimes dark – there were probably thunderstorms or rain. The rain did not arrive until we had finished our hike and were on our way home. We had probably made the right choice!
– Report and photos / videos: Rainer
At Herfeld Moor, Wahner Heide, Germany.
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Photo: Dirk df
Günter has send us a participant's report about a nude hike in Wahner Heide [en: Wahn Heath]:
We had the feeling to have done everything right, because the weather turned out to be the most beautiful on the way to the meeting point near Rösrath. But at 12:30 pm, half an hour before the meeting, it became overcast rapidly. But only to give way to sunshine at 1 pm precisely. The few remaining clouds made sure that it got pleasantly warm, but without bright sunshine. A very happy omen.
Twelve participants – 8 men, 4 women – had enrolled. They met at the starting point without any issues. “Clothing away and let's enter the heath!” was then our motto at aprox. 1 pm.
First we went, past large areas with lush yellow flowering broom, from the parking lot named Busenberg via a place called Brand a path slightly downhill towards Geisterbusch and from there via the November to the Herfeld. Unfortunately, the water buffalos were not on the pasture at Geisterbusch, but I was sure, that we would see them later.
At Herfeld, I decided to direct our nude hike to the left first to make a big right turn. So, we could enjoy the pleasant temperatures, take a look at the runway of the Cologne / Bonn Airport every now and then, and discover a few highlights of the Wahn Heath: I.a. the only woodland sage (Salvia nemorosa, Salvia sylvestris) far and wide – at least 50 square kilometres – the blooming cotton grass (Eriophorum), the first visible sundews (Drosera), a royal fern (Osmunda), wild thyme (Thymus), wild yellow irises etc. We saw a kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), while croaking of frogs accompanied us.
Once at the top, we met a larger group of nordic walkers group, who were just warming up …
Read more concerning this hike on 19 May:
“Clothing optional-/Nacktwanderung vom 19.5.18 in der Wahner Heide” (PDF)
– Author: Günther
On 16 May, Dutch and German naturists met for a hike in the buff through heathland in the Dutch National Park De Meinweg. There are also ponds like the “Elfenmeer” [en: Elves’ Pond].
Temperature rose to 30°C. The 15 km hike touched one of the so-called “Happiness Spots” of the “Tiny Treasures of Roerdalen”. However, the ponds are not available for bathing and sswimming. The place is called “Realm of the Elves”. The hikers were accompanied by the sound of spring in form of songs of numerous different bird species and the loud croaking of frogs in the ponds. And all of a sudden, a large number of wind power plant along a ridge far away somewhere in Belgium were seen, making this hike a real cross-border one.
De Meinweg is part of the German-Dutch Nature Park Maas-Schwalm-Nette.
► Sat 10 September: Circling Schwarzes Moor [10 September 2016]
Compared to similar hikes in earlier years, we met far more hiking groups on the tour:
All approx. 25 encounters with textile wearers proceeded joyously up to animatedly, partly we could answer some questions concerning our hobby.
► Sun 11 September: Round hike at the Ellenbogen [11 September 2016]
In the meantime, Eisenach House is again an excursion inn and hotel for Rhön tourists.
The view from the neighboring Ellenbogen [en: Elbow] marked the beginning of our hike in the buff. We descended over mowed hayfields in direction to the village of Kaltenwestheim. Then, we ascented back to the starting point. With 350 m cumulative descent and ascent, the tour was quite challenging at 28°C in the afternoon.
At the end of the day, we arrived at Eisenacher Haus and enjoyed cool and hot drinks, cakes, and ice cream.
– Report and photos: Horst and Rainer
Saarland is a region in the south-west of Germany next to Luxembourg and France. Some naturists from Germany and Luxembourg, who had met for a couple of days in Palatinate near to Saarland, now continued hiking in the buff and enjoying the regional kitchen in the Saarland.
► Thu 1 June: Nude hiking on a trail called Traumschleife Georgi-Panorama [2 June 2017]
After our arrival in the hiking area of Saarland and Hunsrück full of “dream loops”, where we were going to hike the Traumschleife Georgi-Panorama [en: Dream Loop Georgi Panorama], we started it near Losheim with many beautiful views and a 360° panorama for our warming-up. In the afternoon, we completed this hike by a visit to a café in Merzig and after that a good meal in the beer garden of the microbrewery Merziger Brauhaus.
► Fri 2 June: Dream Tour Beckinger Saar-Blicke [3 June 2017]
We were going to hike Dream Tour Beckinger Saar-Blicke [en: Looks onto the Saar River near Beckingen] 14 km at 27°C and sunshine in a varied landscape, while a look at the industrial facilities along the Saar River opened up again and again: factories, power stations, headframes …
A green-chatoyant beetle caught attention in the meantime, because nobody knew his name. As always, some of the nude hikers did not waste the opportunity to immerge into the spring-cold water of a brook.
Who knows my name?
Bath in a brook
In the evening we discovered in 'Merzig' the Italian restaurant Sant 'Angelo, where they served an excellent 'filet de beuf (bleu)' in Barolo sauce or a fish platter, with the consistency of the salmon fillet inside still tender and juicy, to us gourmets.
Addendum on 4 June 2017:
The beetle is called Rosenkäfer (cetonia aurata) [en: rose chafer].
Many thanks for this information to Axel G.!
► Sat 3 June: 2 Valleys Dream Tour near Weiskirchen [3 June 2017]
At midday, the weather forecast threatened us with rain and thunderstorms at 24°C, but it remained dry with changing clouds, so we could carry out the 2-valleys-tour without any problem. The two-valleys path connects Hölzbach Valley near Losheim-Waldhölzbach with Holzbach Valley near Weiskirchen.
We went around the village of Waldholzbach. There were some surprised reactions by hiking groups, which encountered us and had not heard of textile-free hiking so far. However, everyone answered our friendly greetings and we could also answer some questions.
Discussion on the matter of beech tree leaves
We spent the evening, due to the excellent experience the evening before, at the same Italian restaurant Sant' Angelo, where we got again very best dishes.