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No naked Germans in Switzerland

 
 
Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2009 02:35 am
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Swiss village fights back after invasion of naked German hikers

Nudists had been advised to visit because of the region's 'lax' rules


By Archie Bland
Friday, 30 January 2009

Officials in the Swiss Alpine village of Appenzell have been forced to take firm action to stave off the threat of an invasion of German nudist hikers, instituting a hefty new fine for anyone caught on the mountainside in nothing but their boots and a backpack.


"This has always been a place where visitors like to come from all over the world," the Appenzell-Innerrhoden region's website proclaims. But last summer, a new and unwelcome sort of visitor made an appearance, apparently encouraged by a German naturist organisation that suggested the area's lax rules made it an ideal getaway spot for those who need fresh air on their nether regions. Worried that the recommendation would spread by word of mouth, the Appenzell authorities decided to act before the advent of spring made an unencumbered walk in the hills an appealing prospect again.

"Local people were offended by the visitors," said local government secretary Markus Dörig. "It became clear there was a desire to fine people. We live in the countryside and people here want to live a quiet and undisturbed life. These incidents were really annoying."

There was already a statutory provision in place to allow for a fine to be imposed. Unfortunately, that regulation required a member of the public to report the matter to the police. While a number of people had grumbled about the new visitors, no one was willing to attach their name to a formal complaint. That meant that although the police could briefly detain the ramblers, they were powerless to take any further action.

"It was maybe a little embarrassing for people to speak," said Mr Dörig. "That made it very difficult for us to do anything."

Now the regulations have been amended, allowing the police to act without a formal complaint from a third party. As of last Wednesday, anyone caught wandering the mountain region in the nude will be hit with a fine of 200 Swiss francs (£122).

Locals are said to be relieved at the change, which was timed to come into force in advance of peak tourist season. "They had to do something before it exploded this year," said Stephanie Sutter, who works in the local tourist office. "It's sort of a joke. But there are lots of kids hiking in this area and they shouldn't have to face these people."

Not everyone is so pleased at the tough new stance. "I can understand that we all have to live in this world together," says Barbara Foley, a member of the central committee of the International Naturist Foundation. "But I would certainly enjoy doing the hike in the nude and I wouldn't want to be deprived of it. It's nice to feel the sun on your skin. Maybe they should designate a couple of trails and people would know they might come across naturists there."

Appenzell-Innerhoden has a reputation as a bastion of tradition, partly founded on its local election laws, which did not change to allow women the vote until 1990, making it one of the last regions in the Western world without universal suffrage. The introduction of the new fine leaves the Harz mountain range in Germany as the undisputed favourite spot for a naturist rambling break: in that region, two villages have declared themselves nudity-friendly holiday spots, and have seen a growth in naturist tourism.

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"Appemzell-Innerhoden is a so-called "Kanton" ('state'), with the town of Appemzell as capital.
The above mention "government secretary" is a "Landesfähnrich" (minister for the military, police and justice).
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2009 10:13 am
Why the hell would they go naked on a bicycle? Oh the pain in the butt .......Laughing
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saab
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2009 10:56 am
I saw a picture of the hikers - boots and a big rucksack.
We all know you should protect yourself from the sun - their first mistake in the mountains.
When hiking you should be prepared for extreem weather chances. As they have along big rucksacks they seem to be prepared to put on some cloth if it rains, even snows or get very cold.
Why not then hike in shorts - also taking the rest of us in consideration who might not want to look at those guys.
We don´t spend time in a nudist camp all dressed up - we stay away from them
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2009 11:10 am
@saab,
According to the Swiss media, the reason for this new law (200 Swiss Franks penalty) is that the alpinists are shocked ... and that the Inner-Rhoden government thinks, children (which are up there "numerous" in the summer season) should be protected.

One nudist was arrested by the police so far - but since it wasn't against any law, he had to be released.
The Landgemeinde will discuss the new law on February 9.


The Alpstein region, where the nudist did/wanted to hike naked ...

http://www.wandersite.ch/Alpstein.jpg
Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2009 10:42 pm
Isn't it WINTER in Europe right now?
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jan, 2009 12:55 am
@Mr Stillwater,
Certainly, but I couldn't find a winter photo for exactly the region talked about.

We got the very same "problem" here, but with a (one single) skateboarder. Anf he even came from a different county.
After several several people called the police over a period of some weeks, they finally got him two days ago - could do nothing, since there's not really a law against such.
Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jan, 2009 03:14 am
@Walter Hinteler,
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they finally got him two days ago




So.... <snicker>... he was hauled in BY THE FUZZ!!!!! Ha Ha Ha Ha.....
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jan, 2009 04:34 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:

According to the Swiss media, the reason for this new law (200 Swiss Franks penalty) is that the alpinists are shocked ... and that the Inner-Rhoden government thinks, children (which are up there "numerous" in the summer season) should be protected.

One nudist was arrested by the police so far - but since it wasn't against any law, he had to be released.
The Landgemeinde will discuss the new law on February 9.


The Alpstein region, where the nudist did/wanted to hike naked ...

http://www.wandersite.ch/Alpstein.jpg

In a worst case scenario,
from WHAT do the children need to be protected ?

Specificly what is the perceived danger to their well being ?
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jan, 2009 04:40 am
@Mr Stillwater,
I'd start going for the shorts. Lederhosen. Mach schnell.
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