Naked Alps Hiker Loses Court Appeal
Switzerland upholds nudity ban on trails
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."
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