D · Nude in research through the world [19 September 2020]

On the banks of the Neye DamFor book author Marc, the subject of nudity is reason for a research trip around the world to report his own experience and feelings. Hiking in the buff is a topic. He went on a nude hike with us. Living in Geneva and coming across the German practice of nude hiking, he used a stay in Cologne to meet others also for the nude hike with us. He talked to the other participants at length and in detail, to gather information for one of many chapters in his book, which is scheduled for publication in 2021 – natury will report.

Encounter on the dam wallThe route, we have chosen for the nude hike, is a circuit around the Neye Dam, which has been an occasional nude hiking destination for many years, and where you can easily engage in conversation during the hike, because you don't have to concentrate much on the trail.

The forest's leaf canopy, which thinned out in late summer, let enough sunlight through to warm the air to 23°C, and now and then we could look out over the lake, which lay under a completely cloudless sky.

The “Café an der Neyetalsperre” was a perfect place for the nude hiking group (now dressed), to take stock of the day's hiking with coffee, cake, and ice cream. At neighbouring tables, we saw again all the hikers, which we had encountered previously nude during our hike.

View from the dam wall to the lake

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D · Nude hiking on meadow paths in the Eastern Eifel Mountains [14 September 2020]

First fill out ballot papers, then hike in the buff – that was the motto on the second Sunday in September, after Michael had chosen eastern Eifel Mountains as his hiking destination at the end of the summer.

The almost autum-like sun casts long shadows in the late morning at the beginning of the hike – Photo: Bernd
Gallery: Nude on meadow paths

Air temperatures there rose to 26°C, and the undisturbed sunshine caused some of the 18 nude hikers to apply sunscreen despite the advanced summer. Those, who no longer had enough sunscreen for their calves and shins, hid it in knee-length socks to prevent sunburn on lower legs.

Almost the whole time, the hiking group had the Olbrück Castle Keep in view, while hiking between angels and grove through meadows, pastures, fields, and occasionally through a forest. The gently undulating green of the landscape was often interrupted by white patches, which turned out to be cows and led to daring speculations about why cows in the Eifel do not have brown or black patches in their fur. We did not find a conclusive answer.

After the 13 km long slightly mountainous tour had been completed, the restaurant “Neuer Marhof” in Niederdürenbach, directly adjacent to a well-attended swing golf course, was the hip spot for numerous ice cream scoops, hot coffee, or cool refreshments after the hike.

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D · Angela's experience: Hiking in a dress of light … from the point of view of a woman [28 August 2020]

This year, I participated for the 2nd time in a so-called nude hiking week: First at the WNT (Westfälische Naturisten-Tage) in July, now at the TNT (Thüringer Naturisten-Tage) in August.

Living in a dress of lightThese days remain in my very pleasant memory, even though we women were generally very underrepresented: With a number of participants of 20 to 40 only about 5 women “dared” to participate. I was with my partner, so I felt safe in the group. In addition, the size of the group and the self-confidence of some experienced participants gave me enough courage to face dressed people, whom we rarely met on our hikes, but whom we did meet from time to time. Most of them were friendly, understanding, and also curious, but some were also severely irritated.

Hiking in a dress of lightThese made me think, why do I want to walk around nude outside!? To this I say, if the surroundings are right, i.e. it is not in a city or in very populated areas, but rather in areas less frequented by people, then I really enjoy “contact” with nature with all my senses. By this I mean, not only eyes, nose, ears, mouth, hands perceive and feed me with information about my surroundings, but also skin and feet.

If they are “locked up” in clothes and shoes, and this is a large part of our body, they are hindered in their perceptive abilities. I was allowed to notice, that my head was incredibly flooded with additional, mostly very pleasant impulses via skin and feet with the processing! So much, that it seemed almost incidental to me, that me and my fellow hikers were in the nude. The “walking barefoot up to the neck” took on a meditative character, so that I was completely occupied with myself and the impulses of the wonderful nature surrounding me.

So, dear women, have the courage! It doesn't matter at all, how woman looks like, or what others, he or she, might think about that. This is not the topic among naturists (at least it is not made a topic)!

 – Angela

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D · Thüringer Naturisten-Tage (TNT) 2020 [24 August 2020]

Seaside eco-hotel at Zeulenrodaer Meer DamThe Thüringer Naturistentage (TNT) 2020 [en: Thuringian Naturist Days 2020]: Free range nakation during 10 days (from Friday to Sunday) of varied, naturist activities in Thuringia and in neighbouring Saxon Vogtland. Base station was the town of Zeulenroda-Triebes, where naturists found their accommodation mainly in the bungalow village Zadelsdorf or in the seaside eco-hotel directly at the Zeulenrodaer Meer – ;as the Zeulenroda Dam is also called in German. Naturists from Germany, Belgium, France, and Italy enjoyed this nakation.

In 2020, initiator Andreas has once again succeeded in presenting naturist visitors from all over Germany, Belgium, France, and Italy with new, first-time nature experience areas in Thuringia as well as in the Vogtland region to hike or cycle in the nude. Thank you very much for all the work – we will be happy to come again!

Hints concerning the buttons of the photo gallery

 ► Fri 14 Aug: German press reports: Hiker in the buff falls 70 m into the depth

The entire German-language press reported on the fall of a 76-year-old naturist hiker at the Saale Cascade. He slipped on the only 40 cm wide hiking trail, when drizzle started and fell into the depths. At first, two other nude hikers cleared the difficult path down the slope to provide first aid, but soon rescuers, called by cell phone emergency call, arrived at the injured person, who abseiled down to him and finally carried him across the Saale River. A helicopter brought the injured man to the University Hospital of Jena.

Fall into the depth

Good news: As if by a miracle, the man did not suffer any serious injuries except for a few broken ribs and countless bruises from the fall!

 ► Tue 18 Aug: Green path through a moor

Several of the nude hikes were accompanied – mainly at the end of the hike – by thunderstorms with heavy rain, such as the hike on the first Saturday near Saalbach or on Monday near Muldenberg in the Saxon Vogtland. But also during the moor tour on Tuesday near Bad Klosterlausnitz, the heavens opened their floodgates, so that some people preferred to visit the Kristall Therme [en: Crystal Spa] there already after their midday rest.

Green path through a moor

 ► Tue 18 Aug: Natuarally nude into Kristall-Therme in Bad Klosterlausnitz

Already in previous years, some visitors to the thermal baths had already implemented the idea of leaving out their clothes for the 50 or 70 meters from the car park to the changing rooms and buying or showing their tickets without textiles. This time, they just wore a mask and, if necessary, bathing flip-flops, which caused the employees of the thermal bath to smile sympathetically or to say “That's incredible!” with surprise. However, it did work!

Welcome to the Kristall Therme!

 ► Wed 19 Aug: Choices on rainless Wednesday: Hike or bike and push the bicycle

Hike along a country roadOn rainless Wednesday, you could chose between hiking and biking: A group of 12 hiked their paths, optional not only without clothes, but also without rucksack, without shoes: We had our food and beverages in a previously parked car. The circular hiking trail around the Zeulenrodaer Meer Dam led partly over wooded mountain paths above the dam, partly directly along the shore, through small villages, and to the popular Strandbad [en: Lido] of Zeulenroda. There, most people could not resist taking a refreshing swim in the nude – or to mingle with the textile-wearing foodies at the ice cream booth and queue for an ice cream. On the further way, some more bathing opportunities were used before the group crossed the bungalow village Zadelsdorf shortly before the finish, passed a beer garden and a playground. Here, we encountered, as everywhere else, relaxed people, who kindly returned the greeting of us naturists.

At the same time, Cycling20 nude cycling fans had made their way to Schleiz to take a 40 km round trip from there to the Bleiloch Dam. The tour started and ended on freshly asphalted sections of the "Oberland-Radweg" with mild ascents and descents. At the dam, the naturist bikers overtook for the first time a few families with children, who – when one or the other group had taken a break – met the naturist group from time to time during the further course of the tour and soon got into conversation. Above all, tips were exchanged, when the central part of the route along the dam arms as well as the bypass routes proved to be quite challenging for cyclists: The rain of the past days had partly softened the ground of the field paths, and on the other hand, non-E-bike riders had to push on numerous gradients.

 ► Thu 20 Aug: All-time high concerning both number of participants and degrees of air temperature

Panorama at a field

We cross a road at a nice well on the village square of Schönbrunn [en: Nice Well]Already Dam's overrunduring the second hike in the Saxon Vogtland along the Vogtland-Panorama-Weg, 30°C air temperature in the afternoon became a challenge for the over 40 participants. The nude hikers experienced a significant increase to up to 34°C the following day, when they hiked around the Weida Dam.

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A · Naked European Walking Tour (NEWT) 2020 [8 August 2020]

Also in 2020, an international group of naturists from Ireland, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, and Germany met again in a side valley of the Zillertal to hike in the nude in alpine surroundings. In the beginning, it was cool and wet, later it was summery, partly hot and sunny, and we all had a week of fun and enjoyment together in the impressive nature.

Once, the naturist hiking group reached a suspension bridge. We waited patiently in a queue of clothed hikers near a hut above the well-known Schlegeis Dam. Everything was due to the motto "All together in the altogether".
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Text and photos: Rainer. Video: Pierre (France); post production: Rainer

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D · Sächsische Naturisten-Tage (SNT) 2020 [24-31 July 2020]

In 2020, the SNT offered for the first time the option to stay together in a hut during these naturist days. Also, it went more international with participants from several regions in Germany, England, France, and Czech Republic. So, after Austria and Spain, now also Saxon Switzerland in Germany is a NEWT-alike region thanks to Christian, Erik, Martin, Matthias, and Torsten.

 ► Thu 23 Jul: First hike in the buff from Kirnitzschtal Valley to Kuhstall Lookout and along the Flößersteig [23 July 2020]

The initial hike began at Beuthenfall in Kirnitzschtal Valley and led over clearly ascending paths and finally over ladders and stairs up to Kuhstall, where originally the stately seat of the Beuthen Nobles was enthroned, but of whose splendour nothing remains. The view of several strikingly towering stones in the surroundings compensated a little.

Afterwards the 31 naturist hikers reached the upper floor of the Kuhstall (Neuer Wildenstein) via the 35 cm wide Himmelsleiter, which is built into a narrow stone crevice. Here too, clothed groups and numerous families were in the majority, and many of them asked us questions with interest, so that several rounds of discussions about our way of hiking developed. Many remembered easily our verbal description of the URL of the natury website “nackt minus wandern punkt de” for German speakers and “hiking minus in minus buff dot info” for English speakers, to read more about it later.

Even if one or the other of them didn't want to leave the Heavenly Floor at all, they all finally cleared the terrain via the Erden-Treppe and met up again at the Schneiderloch.

The rafting trail along the Kirnitzsch then demonstrated, how paths in the forest can look like: Tree roots form the scaffolding between which the forest floor provides gentle tread and soft support – no trace of gravel or other artificial fortifications! The other 80% of the hiking trails were much more technical, so that vehicles could also pass through.

The day ended with a visit to the restaurant Lichtenhainer Wasserfall in Kirnitzschtal Valley.

 ► Fri 24 Jul: Through Wilde Hölle and Schlupfloch towards Idagrotte [24 July 2020]

The Friday hike should start at Nasser Grund in Kirnitschtal Valley and should have a much more demanding route than the day before. First of all, everyone, who had arrived at the starting parking lot, had to wait for the participants from the hut in Ottendorf, who had decided to park at the Beuthenfall car park and hike additional 1.5 km distance to Nasser Grund and back.

The further way led to Wilde Hölle. Before entering Wilde Hölle, four of the 40 hikers decided to choose a moderate route to Idagrotte. The other 36 took a few climbing sections over large stones and narrow footpaths, which required many big steps and strength, and on their way they faced some impressive views and several “real” climbing stones along the way.

On the mostly narrow paths, the nude hiking group of 36 people met again and again with oncoming groups and families, so that there were regularly small traffic jams to let the oncoming ones pass. Most of the time there were also conversations and two young ladies with dogs were even interested in the possibility to join one of the walks of the next days. A crawling through a hole in a stone wall at Affensteinpromenade shortly before Idagrotte, through which the official hiking trail led, offered one last test with which one had finally earned the refreshment.

The approach to spend the lunch break together with the four hikers of the moderate route at the Idagrotte postponed lunch break for some time.

24 Fri: Height profileJust as 24 Fri: PanoramaJust as steadily as the hike led uphill at the beginning, a long, partly steep descent followed – after a last, spectacular 270-degree view, which only 4 or 5 of the hikers wanted to see. After about 10 km, one could look forward to a tasty refreshment in the restaurant Zur Schloßbastei in Bad Schandau.


 ► Sat 25 Jul: Ascent to the Arnstein and to the Kleinstein with the Kleinsteinhöhle [25 July  2020]

For the Saturday hike, 38 naturists gathered in Ottendorf at our hut, from where we hiked the first kilometre covered onto the edge of the village. Afterwards, we hiked naturally in the nude upwards to the nearby Arnstein. The partly steep ascent contained a few passages, where you had to make yourself small and slim or use your arms to reach your destination.

The medieval past as a castle still reveals a square cistern, from which, however, nobody wants to drink water today. The existing sandstone platform provided an opportunity for a lunch break and a view of the surrounding countryside. The unobstructed view to the west leads via the Raubsteiner Taufe, the Yeti, the Großstein, and the Hausberg.

Kleinstein and Kleinsteinhöhle were further destinations with a view and the opportunity to rest. On the continuing way, many observers noticed that whole arable fields were blooming with cornflowers, blood clover, cinquefoil, and various other multicolored flowering plants.

After a good 12 km, the hikers returned and could prepare for dinner at the restaurant Ottendorfer Hütte.

 ► Sun 26 Jul: Shelter against rain in a cave at Hintere Raubschloss and then warmth again by sun at Marienhöhle [26 July 2020]

On Sunday, a four-day series of nude hikes ended, during which the hiking group got to know former retreats of robber barons in the 15th century. The previous evenings, Martin had explained his findings about them and their connections to the Czech noble family of the Berken von Dubá.

Rain accompanied the ascent to the Winterstein, which is also called Hinteres Raubschloss. In a cave, we found a dry resting place with a view. There, we got into conversation with some young people, who tried to get dry again after the ascent with clothes and rain protection. “Yes, you are doing it right. We'd also like to hike in the nude, but there's no place to store our clothes.” Textile wearers: When it comes to nude hiking, they're not at a loss for excuses.

The rain gradually receded and made way for the first sunrays. In the course of the afternoon, more and more sunshine was present. We still passed the Marienhöhle and then ascended to the Bärfangkegel. Along the mountain ridge there were further views of neighbouring stone formations.

The inn Neumannmühle offered at the end of the day deserved refreshments and a cosy get-together.

 – Report and photos: Rainer

 ► Mon 27 Jul: Paddling in the nude on the Elbe River [29 July 2020]

Already in 2018 and 2019, the opportunity to explore the Elbe valley from the water by paddling nude was gladly accepted. This time, 25 naturists were interested and travelled from the hut by public bus to Bad Schandau. 24 of them were distributed to three inflatable boats, one preferred a kayak.

We experienced a hot day with many breaks for swimming and thoroughly nice encounters with numerous groups, families, or couples in boats on the Elbe and many more on the banks and on ships. Shortly before the reaction ferry at Kurort Rathen, the excitement rose, if the ice cream booth with “the best ice cream on the way from here to Italy” (that's their advertising slogan) there at the Elbe cycle path would have opened. We were lucky and could enjoy the cold goodies there again in the nude.

Shortly before Stadt Wehlen, we landed on the right, put on some clothes and bought refreshments at a kiosk. Then, we returned to the boats and undressed again for the last, short stage. After landing on the left side of the Elbe, we returned the boats and sunbathed on the meadow until the train left for Pirna and on to Pirna-Copitz.

We enjoyed the evening after a short walk in the micro-brewery Zum Giesser in Pirna-Copitz. A chartered bus later brought us back to Ottendorf. Thanks for the wonderful day!

 – Report: Rainer; photos: Martin

 ► Tue 28 Jul: Via Hohe Liebe to Schrammsteine and Königsnase [29 July 2020]

We hiked on unknown paths and trails to one of our favourite destinations in Saxon Switzerland to discover new things along the way: Via Hohe Liebe we reached the Schrammsteine.

The group that had chosen the easier hiking variant spent the lunch break at the Frühstücksplatz with a view of the second group's climbing.

Panorama of hte Elbe RiverOn the further way, thanks to a slightly changed route, there was another surprise: another beautiful lookout into the Elbe Valley with the Königstein in the background.

We spent the evening together again in the inn Lichtenhainer Wasserfall at the terminal stop of the historic tram in the Kirnitzschtal with excellent service, food, and beverages.

 – Report and photos: Rainer

 ► Wed 29 Jul: From Altendorf through the Sebnitztal Valley [30 July 2020]

Break in a forestWe hiked from Altendorf along the Sebnitztal Valley and discovered traces of the former Schwarzbach Railway. Several bathing opportunities eased the hike.

A fence blocked a meadow path around Altendorf on our way back. So we hiked nude through the small village, as we had done in 2019 on another hike.

We discovered, that the local history association of the village had announced our nude hikes around the Kirnitzschtal on its information board with the slogan "Finally something's happening". Reference was made to an article “Die Nacktwanderer sind wieder unterwegs” (saechsische.de) in the regional daily newspaper Sächsische Zeitung.

In the evening, Clarisse (France) and Jane (England) thanked Christian, Erik, Martin, Matthias, and Torsten in German and English for the joint activities. They were happy and expressed their hope, that all of us will not only be back in 2021.

 – Report and photos: Rainer

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D · WNT 2020 – Hike in the buff in and at Venner Moor: Impressions by Thomas [13 July 2020]

We got a report by Thomas concerning his impressions of this day's nudevent:

Country houseFrom 10 o'clock on, first hikers arrived at the car park to start the hike from. Mic and Rainer had again prepared the tour very well. As more than 20 participants had registered, several groups were formed in accordance with Corona protection measures, which started seperately one after another.

In the beginning, it was still a bit fresh and our brave “girls” were still a bit “hidden”. This was subject to change during the day, which is why the sun was smiling more and more.

Past large grain fields, fruit trees full of sweet fruits and juicy meadows with hungry, but also curious cows and bulls, our way led through the farming communities. Everywhere we noticed, that farmers had sown strips of meadow flowers at the edge of their fields. A true flower splendour in many bright colours …

Farmer's alibi
Farmer's alibi

BreakPast large grain fields, fruit trees full of sweet fruits, and lush meadows with hungry, but also curious cows and bulls, our way led through the farming communities. Everywhere we noticed that, farmers had sown strips of meadow flowers at the edge of their fields. A true flower splendour in many bright colours. The bathing opportunity was used by some very brave people during the break. During the whole hike, this time we could only observe a heron at the opposite shore of a lake apart from many birds, some butterflies and lots of insects buzzing around, what a pity. Because of Corona, Mic and Rainer had not provided a break car, instead everyone could carry his snack in the rucksack. However, this was not a problem either, as the temperature prevented us from sweating on our backs under the rucksack.Construction work in progress: New bridge still to be moved into its final position

CountrysideOn the detour because of a bridge construction site, we had an interesting conversation with a carpenter at the gate to his beautifully renovated farm. So far, we had met few people, but at the canal there was already a lot going on. From the boats they were waving diligently, which we gladly answered. A father, who was travelling with his wife, two children and a handcart, asked us on behalf of his little son, why we were all undressed. We gladly explained this to the two children. Whereupon the mother said, that the children could also walk in the nude, they were already barefoot. Later, in the Venner Moor, three women and their children were also interested in our “unusual” way of hiking. Throughout, we had benevolent, tolerant, and interested encounters, except for one senior farmer, who stormed off his farm and wildly called us names. He almost burst with excitement, while his son calmly sat on the riding lawnmower and went about his work.

After the hike, a convivial meal was served in the elegant restaurant of the Hotel Clemens August in Ascheberg-Davensberg. The food was very tasty, we did not have to wait long, the service and the ambience were very good. With entertaining conversations and the one or other fun we let this really successful WNT day come to an end. Hereby, I would like to thank Mic and Rainer once again for the diligent, certainly exhausting preparation. Keep up the good work, we count on you …

HeronArriving at the Dortmund-Ems Canal

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D · Westfälische Naturisten-Tage (WNT) 2020 [6-13 July 2020]

 ► Sat 4 Jul: Short hike in the buff after breakfast brunch and skittles in the nude [6 Jul 2020]

The Westphalian Naturist Days traditionally began on Saturday with a breakfast brunch and skittles in the nude. Afterwards, the assembled naturists started their short hike. It led over the Way of St. James through the Boltenmoor to the canal crossing of the Dortmund-Ems Canal over the Ems River. Although the construction site there has made noticeable progress, it is still a large construction site.

On the way, the naturists met a large group of children, which the accompanying father of the birthday child declared a birthday hiking group. “Ha, ha, ha, they're completely nude!” and similar shouts rang out from children's mouths across the canal. Some time later, after crossing the horse farm Nahrup, the children's group and the hikers in the buff met again and exchanged some funny sayings. Well, they have something to tell, when they come home!

 ► Sun 5 Jul: 10-person groups compliant to current regulation concerning Corona for hiking or biking [6 Jul 2020]

On Sunday, two groups of 10 naturists each – due to corona regulations – met on a parking lot northeast of Münster (Westf.) near Gimbte. One group had planned a hike at the Dortmund-Ems Canal, the second group took a 41 km long circular route by bicycle.

Two policewomen came to us in the parking lot. “You don't look like, it was you, who called us. But we had to come here, because of a phone call and check up on you. Of course, you're allowed to hike or cycle nude, and you all seem to know, how to conduct yourself nude in public.” We explained that we had split into two groups of 10 people each and that we would comply with the corona regulation. At the end of the short conversation, the policewomen wished us a nice day – we gladly returned this wish.

For the cyclists, the strong wind, which at times was accompanied by drizzle and some rain, and the air temperature of around 20°C was so inviting, that only some participants completed the tour without any clothing at all. The highlights were the visit of wooden sculptures at Coerde and the observation of storks, which didn't let themselves be disturbed by the numerous Canadian geese scurrying around, looking for food in a meadow.

The hikers were amazed at the food offerings of the Oeding Restaurant, which were provided with current keywords (species-appropriate, sustainable …). They then shortened the hiking break “Track swimming in the Ems” to 150 m, because they too had to wait until late afternoon for warm sunshine.

 ► Tue 6 Jul: Hike in the buff in Metelener Heide [8 Jul 2020]

Metelener Heide [en: Metelen Heath]'Metelener Heide' [en: Metelen Heath], a landscape characterised by light heather sand west of Steinfurt, is a destination most visitors head for a visit to the so-called dinosaur zoo, which was built on the site of a former bird park. However, directly around the zoo entrance, there is a largely primeval natural landscape, in which you may hike on marked hiking trails or along unmarked paths.

The naturist hiking group started their Tuesday tour with a closed cloud cover, strong wind, and drizzle, so that only some of the participants did not want to wear clothes at all, others needed some protective clothing.

Just in time before reaching a bathing lake, summer sunshine provided by sufficiently large cloud holes turned the stay at the lake into a pleasant hiking break. But in the afternoon, some heavy rain started again, so that some of us chose a direct shortcut back to the car park.

The remaining naked hikers could then enjoy sunshine once again. On the way on the sandy heathland paths, they honoured among other things the monument of a place of execution from the Middle Ages. They let end the varied day in nature together in the Leuters Inn in Metelen.

 ► Fri 10 Jul: Hike in the buff or bike in the nude, then a nude visit to the Dülmen Ponies [13 July 2020]

After a weather-related break on Wednesday and Thursday, the naturist days were resumed on Friday. The day began optionally with a hike or a bicycle tour in the Merfeld area, whereby the hiking route ran partly in a stream bed of a creek. During the creek section wading in the Kannebrocksbach Creek, it started to dribble slightly again. So, we got special memories like “Naturist barefoot in the brook with umbrella”. The last part of the hike through the forest was pleasantly warm.

The end of the day was – as in 2019 – a nude visit to the enclosure of the Dülmen Ponies, for which there was again a great demand. Instead of sun and warmth, a strong, cool wind were the constraints.

Even some tough naturists have put on a windbreaker at times. What a contrast to the ponies, that are outside all year round without a stable and of course without clothes. They might only change from open pasture to the next piece of woodland, because they don't like rain. There it is of course neither dry nor windless, but less wet and windy than on open pasture.

One mare had apparently completely forgotten the shyness inherent in these wild animals and curiously approached one of the visitors almost to the point of physical contact. Between the tips of the tactile hair on her nostrils and the human hand, there was only a few centimetres distance. The movement of a finger was then sufficient to trigger a shying, jumping and running away.

In addition to the informative lecture by the forester Friederike Rövekamp, which turned into a lively question and answer session, the direct encounters with the untamed ponies were an impressive experience.

 ► Fri 10 Jul: Cycle in the nude, then a nude visit to the Dülmen Ponies: Impressions by Georg [13 July 2020]

Georg has summarised his impressions concerning the options to cycle instead of hiking and to visit the Dülmen Ponies in a report with photos:

"On Friday, Mic and Rainer led us to the Dülmen Ponies in Merfeld near Dülmen. Our start was shortly after 11 o'clock, 7 cyclists and about 12 women and men made their way through the park landscape around Coesfeld, Lette, and Dülmen.

Only 1 participant of the cyclists was in the nude from the start. In the beginning, it was cold and humid. During the second break at a creek, we all could let the sun shine on our bodies! Then, the cyclists exchanged their clothes for almost a windbreaker. We were filled with a wonderful feeling of freedom! It was the pure pleasure! The paths were very close to nature and perfectly selected!

After 48 km, we cyclists came back to our starting point at about 3:30 pm. We all, cyclists and hikers, were at the parking lot of the Dülmen Ponies at 5 pm, where Ms Röwekamp, a forester in the service of the Duke of Croÿ, warmly welcomed and then guided us to the Dülmen Ponies in an amiable manner with great sensitivity. Filled with lots of information, a great day with the group of naturists full of good conversations and silence concluded. I happily rode my bike back to Dülmen and from there by train to Münster. Arrived at home, I was on the road for a total of 88.5 km. I slept very well! Thanks to Mic and Rainer for the great preparation and all the effort!"

 ► Sat 11 Jul: Hike in the buff in and at Venner Moor [13 July 2020]

On the eighth day of WNT 2020, after a few hikes with rain showers and two cancelled nude activities, because it rained heavily, the wind blew cold, and a closed cloud cover did not let warming sunrays through to us, we had hiking weather again: cheerful, a few clouds, low wind, at the beginning still a bit cool, later warm, so that most of us gradually took off our clothes and hiked relaxed in the buff.

We accepted the rain of the last days as a gift of nature. Water is life! Klaus from Rhineland-Palatinate said: “Send the rain to us. Where we live, it's totally dried out.” We saw intact trees full of green leaves, green fields and meadows. A pond, which we had found completely dried out in 2018/19, was full of water again. A heron had found its pantry there. Also the boggy-wet areas in Venner Moor: Brown and dried-out in 2018, now green, damp, and full of life again, so that the log paved path in the Venner Moor fulfilled its purpose again.

In between, we had to change our hiking route along the Dortmund-Ems Canal, because construction work is taking place there for a long time: A bridge over the canal, over which the country road L884 'Kappenberger Damm' is led, was newly built and will still be moved to its intended position. In preparation, the footpaths and cycle paths on both sides are closed for about 1 km. Some people don't mind: They bypass the barriers and continue walking and cycling there, which is possible at the weekend because construction work is then suspended.

We preferred to stick to the rules, walked a bit along the country road on a foot- and bicycle path, then turned north at the next opportunity for a detour of about 500 m, enjoyed the peace and quiet of nature, friendly encounters and a long conversation with a local carpenter, who was very interested in our lifestyle. Then again streets and bridge to return to the south side of the canal. Also on the bridge, we had friendly encounters with families who obviously enjoyed it, when they saw us. Afterwards at the canal and in the moor again calm and nice conversations, with families who were interested in our lifestyle. One family told us, that they were going on a nude holiday to 'Euronat Centre naturist' in France the next day.

 ► Sat 11 Jul: Hike in the buff in and at Venner Moor: Impressions by Thomas [13 July 2020]

We got a report by Thomas concerning his impressions of this day's nudevent:

Country houseFrom 10 o'clock on, first hikers arrived at the car park to start the hike from. Mic and Rainer had again prepared the tour very well. As more than 20 participants had registered, several groups were formed in accordance with Corona protection measures, which started seperately one after another.

In the beginning, it was still a bit fresh and our brave “girls” were still a bit “hidden”. This was subject to change during the day, which is why the sun was smiling more and more.

Past large grain fields, fruit trees full of sweet fruits and juicy meadows with hungry, but also curious cows and bulls, our way led through the farming communities. Everywhere we noticed, that farmers had sown strips of meadow flowers at the edge of their fields. A true flower splendour in many bright colours …

Farmer's alibi
Farmer's alibi

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 ► Sun 12 Jul: Hohe Mark – Hike in the buff [13 July 2020]

The final day of the WNT led the naturists to the Hohe Mark, a forest area west of the city called Haltern am See. Summer had returned with sunshine and temperatures pleasant for hiking. The area is a popular walking area, so the two nude hiking groups often had encounters with couples, families, or groups, often accompanied by cheerful encouragement or interestnext Westped questions.

We also got in touch with a police patrol interested to know, if everything was alright and when the next Westphalian Naturist Days will take place. We could not yet give a fixed date, but at least inform those police officers about the URL www.nackt-wandern.de [en: www.hiking-in-the-buff.info].

Since 1989, the Tree of the Year has been awarded, and a tree of the respective species has been planted every year in the Hohe Mark along the path “In der Brake”, so that this path has become an avenue of Trees of the Year.

Height profileThat day's Panorama photo: ascent to the Galgenberghiking in the west of the Münsterland region included – quite unusually – a climb and after the ascent to Galgenberg Height, where a fire watchtower provides a lookout above the treetops, often through narrow paths framed by ferns and finally past the Waldschenke, a tavern in the middle of the forest, back to the starting car park. The day and the WNT 2020 as a whole concluded at the restaurant Haus Waldfrieden in Börnste near the city Dülmen, where delicious food and refreshing drinks awaited the hikers.

 ► Official group photos of WNT 2020 [13 July 2020]

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D · Ordnungsamt: “We wish you a nice hike in the buff.” [11 April 2020]

While trying out a nude hiking route of the WNT, I encountered a patrol of German Ordnungsamt, wanting to stop me because of nudity. To be more precise, it is not completely new, but a alreay used one, which has been modified with new sections.

Hiking in the buff in western Westphalia – Archive photo 2019

I passed a parking lot, which is situated at a barbecue area and a children's playground with sandbox and swings. A few cars parked there – among them a vehicle of the Ordnungsamt of Kreis Coesfeld [en: Coesfeld District]. Two employees apparently took care, that because of COVID-19 people do not form groups.

“Stop, what are you doing?”, one of the gentlemen said to me. “I'm caring, to keep me in good health status: Therefore, I'm hiking”, I replied. “But not like that. That is not allowed.”, he replied.

“Yes, it is. I've been doing this for many years. In October 2018, daily newspaper Westfälische Nachrichten interviewed a spokesman for the police in Münster (Westf.) and a department head of the citizens' office in Senden about this.”, I explained.

During the conversation, I fetched a small folded printout of the WN article “Freie Körperkultur im Venner Moor: ‘Nacktwandern is keine Belästigung’” [en: “Naturism in Venner Moor: ‘Nude hiking is not a nuisance’”] out of the linen bag, which I carried on a shoulder, and offered it to the gentlemen at a distance compliant with COVID-19 for reading.

One of the gentlemen of the Ordnungsamt took the printout, unfolded it, and both read the article.

“We didn't know that. Please excuse the interruption. We wish you a nice hike in the buff.” was their reaction, they returned the printout neatly folded up. My hike was saved!

Hint: Maybe, it can also help you, if you have a printout of the WN article with you, when you are nude in Germany! Link to the article (PDF).

 – Report and archive photo: Rainer

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D · Opening the season of hiking in the buff in Westphalia [6 April 2020]

Bright sunshine invited on Palm Sunday, Longer barefoot stretches are part of the new WNT hiking routeto open the nude hiking season 2020. Aim was the first hike of a newly explored path for WNT with long barefoot stretches, a bathing opportunity and a rest area with one of our cars previously parked there, to have water and food without the need, to carry it with us. At 15°C and strong wind at the start of the hike, the hikers started barefoot and with short trousers causing astonishment among other hikers, who wore long trousers, shoes, and coats.

Temperature rose, the wind decreased, so that after we were warm enough 5 km to take off our clothes. At the rest area after 10 km, a couple came biking, stopped, and asked: “We probably got lost – can you tell us how to get to Ladbergen?” We talked for a while at a COVID-19-compliant distance, which didn't make it easy to show screen content on the smartphone. As farewell, both wished us a good appetite. Then, another couple cycled by, he shouted to her: “Look, nudists!”, then turned to us and waved us happily.

Field mustard grows like weeds, white mustard is used in agriculture for green manureThe nude second part of this hike was really fun: The air temperature rose to 20°C, the wind decreased, all encounters were very friendly. I learned something about green manuring with mustard plants and the difference to rapeseed. We met numerous families, young people, and adults. Looking at their faces, we saw, how much fun they obviously had encountering us.

3 km before the end of the hike, we arrived at the Dortmund-Ems Canal, which invites you to take a bath. The water temperature of 8°C was quite refreshing, but compared to ice bathing at 4°C or less, it already felt like spring. Besides, there is no wind under water – the wind dried up the body quite fast afterwards in common work with the warm sunshine. It was a wonderful, happy spring excursion!

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