Naked Alps Hiker Loses Court Appeal

Switzerland upholds nudity ban on trails

Nov 18, 2011
Outside Magazine

On Thursday, Switzerland's highest court rejected the appeal of a man caught hiking without clothes in the Swiss Alps. The ruling upheld a fine imposed by the township of Appenzell, where the unidentified man was seen walking naked past a family with small children and a Christian rehabilitation center. Switzerland has no laws against public nudity, but it has legislated against public indecency. The verdict sets a precedent in Appenzell, which has become an inexplicable mecca for nudist hikers. Veronique Kanel, a spokeswoman for Switzerland Tourism Swiss tourist board has said that, although Switzerland does not "actively promote" the pastime, "in this kind of spectacular environment, one can hardly resist the temptation to hike naked."

Read more at BBC News


Not Now

Open a World of Adventure

Our Dispatch email delivers the stories you can’t afford to miss.

Thank you!