Naked hiking banned in Switzerland

24th Nov 2011
Written by: Macca Sherifi

Naked hiking banned in Switzerland

Gap years are all about new experiences and embracing local cultures. They’re about trying new things, saying yes, not no. Unfortunately for those looking for the new experience of hiking naked in Switzerland on their gap year will be sorely disappointed.

A ruling from Switzerland’s high court means that local authorities can now impose fines on people hiking naked in the Alps.

The ruling came about after one man was charged with indecent exposure after hiking past a family picnic area naked. The man was fined 100 Swiss francs (£69) after walking past a family with small children and a Christian rehabilitation centre for drug users in the eastern canton of Appenzell.

Even though Switzerland doesn’t have a law against public nudity it does have one against public indecency. According to the BBC, the high court said in a statement: “It is not overly high-handed to qualify naked hiking as a breach of decency customs.”

Naked hiking has become a popular pastime in Switzerland, especially with German naturalists, so hikers will be disappointed to learn their freedom has been taken away from them.

Appenzell is famous for its stunning scenery and natural hills, though that may have something to do with the naked hikers.

What do you think gappers? Would you go naked hiking on your gap year? Have you?

For more information on Switzerland then check out our Switzerland country section.

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