D · WNT 2019 – Westfälische Naturisten-Tage [17 to 25 August 2019]
Also in 2019, the Westfälische Naturisten-Tage [en: Westphalian Naturist Days] will again be the largest naturist event, which lasts several days, in the West. The Münsterland and its surroundings up to the Teutoburger Wald [en: Teutoburg Forest] is the destination of 9 consecutive days of hikes in the buff, nude cycling tours and other naturist activities such as a nude visit to the Dülmen Ponies. The regional, daily newspaper Halterner Zeitung had already prepared its readers in advance for the fact, that again more nude hikers and other active naturists will be on their way in the surroundings.
The weather initially welcomed the naturists with violent gusts of wind, drizzle and showers as well as cool temperatures. Some tested their physical robustness in the rain, others the protective effect of their rain jackets. Results: The tolerance of the unclad human body against the cooling effect of wind and rain can be astonishingly high, but is quite different in individual cases. One was content with an umbrella and remained undressed until the end, but with shoes, another went barefoot and undressed, then dried himself under the last bridge with a t-shirt and put on a warming jacket. Two of us walked barefoot, while another, who otherwise likes to walk barefoot, stayed in shoes out of concern to get cold feet on the soaked floor - only to find out later, that he now had cold feet, because his shoes and socks were soaked from rain in the meantime.
In fact, the late summer weather increased to the announced 32 °C on the final Sunday, after the previous days had already offered midsummer weather conditions with blue skies. So, the initial clouds and cool winds were quickly forgotten.
The increased appearance of naturists in forests and fields triggered a benevolent interest of the population in the Münsterland - the naturist sports enthusiasts had numerous encounters with locals and were able to answer many frequently asked questions: "Is that really allowed? - Of course! Nature is not forbidden anywhere. | Aren't you cold? - Nope, not at all! Twice, however, uninformed fellow citizens, who obviously couldn't classify hiking in the buff properly, called the police. The police officers stated briefly and succinctly, that we are just nude hikers and wished us to still have a nice hike. It is a pity, that there are still people suffering from their own bad fantasies, who distract with their unnecessary calls the police from more important police operations.
The local gastronomy offered good Münsterland cuisine to the hungry naturists after their ventures, which the hikers got as reward for hikes from 15 to 19 km long, the cyclists for tours about 50 km long. The active naturists went from many German states, the Netherlands, and France. They stayed partly on camping sites, partly in hotels, guesthouses, or holiday apartments. On some of the WNT days, more than 30 participants gathered for nudevents, i.e. activities in the nude. They hope, that the WNT will remain a permanent institution in the Naturist annual Calendar of Nudevents.
D · TNT 2019 - Thüringer Naturistentage [11 August 2019]
For the Thüringer Naturistentage (TNT) [en: Thuringian Naturist Days] 2019, Andreas had again prepared a varied programme of hiking, cycling, and culture. This year, the central quarter was set up on the camping site in Meyersgrund in the Ilmenau area, where most of the participants settled in bungalows or other typical camping accommodations. Instead, some individualists preferred the comfort of a guesthouse, hotel, or holiday apartment in the surrounding area and met the others at planned meeting points for the events.
As usual, Andreas had described the tours in great detail, with all the highlights and special features, so that everyone could prepare well, for what to encounter on the way. For each hike, he had also thought of laggards and indicated one or two alternative meeting points, if one or the other could not make it to the planned starting point in time.
Of course, destination of most of the hikes were the Thüringer Wald [en: Thuringian Forest] with the Rennweg, the Goethe-Wanderweg, and many other hiking trails, but during the hike on the first sunday, guest initiator Horst led about 40 participating naturists through the nature conservation area Hainich, where numerous art objects could be admired along the Skulpturenpfad [en: Sculpture Path]. From the observation tower at the Generalblick, the view swept over the horizon to the significant silhouette of the Wartburg [en: Wartburg Castle].
Before the beginning of the Tuesday hike, 19 of the naturists visited the Grotte Morassina [en: Morassina Grotto], a former mine, in which various minerals were extracted for about 200 years. The Soviets last tried to find uranium-containing minerals in the 1950s, but without success.
Another visit with an industrial-historical background, the naturists renovated on Friday in Frauenwald. This is where the railway line from Neustadt ended, which in the years from 1913 to 1965 provided the necessary raw material for the local glass industry with quartz sand. On the way back, the railway took the finished glass products with it to the whole world, because the earlier transport with horse-drawn carriages produced breakages far too often due to the many pot-holes in the roads and because of the hardly spring-loaded carriages. The entire village once lived from glass production - today the number of inhabitants is more than halved, and none of the former 4 food shops is left; also all textile shops and other shops have closed long ago - the concentration to metropolises and Internet mail order services showed first effect in smaller communities. In 20 years there will be no more shops in Berlin either - Amazon and its associates will displace everything.
During the week, about 30 participants regularly came together for the TNT hikes. Only on Wednesday, we formed several groups with different destinations and activities such as visits to thermal baths, museums, or sightseeing excursions due to the unstable weather with sometimes abundant rain.
Since most of the hikes had the typical ascents of the Thuringian Forest, you could enjoy the fact, that you could lose 2 to 3 kg of your weight due to the hiking activities during the week - even if you went to a restaurant every day after the hikes and enjoyed the offered Thuringian specialities. Hiking makes you slim and healthy - hiking in the buff is additional fun and provides pure nature experience.
Photo gallery by Rainer:
Photo gallery by Helmut:
L · Guided tour through the exhibition 'Elina Brotherus – Photographs' in the nude [14 August 2019]
For Thursday, 3 October 2019, the German Day of Unity, at 6 pm, the natury-team has initiated a guided tour in German through the exhibition 'Elina Brotherus - Photographs' at the Luxembourg Art Museum 'Villa Vauban' in the nude.
You would like to participate in the guided tour? Please register 6. September 2019 via Count me in!
D · Hiking in the buff starting from naturist camping site at the Rätzsee [1 August 2019]
Fabian of the naturist camping site at the Rätzsee had initiated a nude hike in the surrounding area on 27 July, which was accompanied by a team of NDR Nordmagazin. The idea is, to set up another official nude hiking trail here. This is Fabian's short report:
In beautiful sunshine 16 nude hikers met on 27 July at the nudist camping site Rätzsee. Accompanied by an NDR film team and with the guidance of a certified landscape and hiking guide, they went to the the immediate surroundings of the camping site and the woods at the Rätzsee Lake. According to the motto 'Experience nature up close-up', the TV team shot a feature for the 'NDR Nordmagazin'. The article informs about nude hiking in Germany and presents the idea, to establish an official nude hiking trail at the Rätzsee Lake. It has been known as a naturist destination of the Mecklenburgischen Seenplatte [en: Mecklenburg Lake District] since the 1960s.
To the video feature of the 'NDR-Nordmagazin' (in German)
D · Nude hiking days in Saxon Switzerland [31 July 2019]
The nude hiking days in Saxon Switzwerland 2019 from 22 to 31 July offered a lot of hikes in the buff to the participants, as well as a nude cycling tour along the Elbe River into the Czech Republic and a nude paddling tour on the Elbe River from Königsstein downstream to Pirna.
The initiators Martin and Torsten could welcome Milt and Dan from the USA as new international participants as well as - like already in 2018 - John from Ireland and Lim from Singapore, who had already taken part in the NEWT (Naked European Walking Tour) in Austria again one week before.
This year, the weather was particularly good, temperature up to 36 °C and bright sunshine. So, it was perfectly clear to everyone, that it was best to travel without clothes – clothes would have only absorbed and stored the sweat. With moist sticky textiles on your body, you would have spoiled any hiking fun. So, there was a widespread awareness among the many hikers, who we met dressed up: "You're doing it right!" But, none decided to follow that insight spontaneously.
Sun protection was mainly provided by the canopy in the forest, but due to some sections of the route with unhindered sunlight, sun cream was not to be renounced. Depending on the skin type, a parasol also offered protection against too intensive UV radiation.
Among the hikes, there were tried and tested routes via Schrammsteine and Falkenstein, through the climbing paradise of the Bielatal with Sachsenstein and the Herkulestürme, or through the tranquil Polenz Valley, where the hikers could stop off nude in a forest restaurant there.
But also routes offered for the first time at the SNW, such as the Panoramaweg, which on the first day offered the hikers* an overview of some of the destinations of the next few days, were on the programme. With a cumulative ascent of 250 metres in altitude, this was the ideal introductory hike for participants used to the quite flat the Münsterland region, especially because the way back through the the Kirnitsch Valley could be made by tram to Bad Schandau. Alternatively, with an 8 km additional route, you could also climb back along the Kirnitsch Creek with a few climbings in between following the Flößersteig.
For the first time we walked a circular path near Cunnersdorf over the Maus and the Katzsteinfels (which is no rock at all but like all stones here made of sandstone). This route was shortened from 11 km to 6 km because of the good weather (sunshine, clear view, pleasant warm air), so that the view to the Czech Schneeberg [en: Snowy Mountain] did not let us feel cold.
For almost all hikes, there were alternative or additional offers to the "easier" route for those, who are a little more enthusiastic about climbing or prefer more challenging trails, which usually Andreas guided.
All in all, Martin and Torsten had put together a rich and varied programme, which offered every day special highlights and attractions. For the first time, they made descriptions and track files of the planned hikes available to the participants on the Internet, so that you could find out very precisely in advance about the course and requirements of the planned activity.
At the end of each day, the local gastronomy provided us about 30 (at weekends around 40) participants with local and international dishes as well as urgently requested, cool drinks.
D · Regional newspaper Sächsische Zeitung informs about nude cyclists and hikers in the buff [29 July 2019]
The regional newspaper Sächsische Zeitung refers to an attentive photographer on the banks of the Elbe River, who was able to have his camera at the ready in the town 'Stadt Wehlen' to capture an image of passing nude cyclists.
Word is getting around in the region, that naturist activities on foot, by bike, and by boat are currently shaping leisure activities. But, this is not a new development in this region of Germany, just the continuation of a good, old, and proven tradition.
Translation of the article:
Oops, who is cycling there through the town Stadt Wehlen? Last weekend, a group of cyclists in the buff attracted the curiosity of many. The view was quite surprising for some of them, although the topic of nude activities isn't new at all in Saxon Switzerland. Not only nude cyclists are naturally active outdoors, but also hikers in the buff have been seen already.
D · Halterner Zeitung informs about Westfälische Naturistentage [29 July 2019]
The Halterner Zeitung informs their readers very early in advance about the Westphalian Naturist Days, which begin on 17 August in Münsterland. The Halterner are prepared in a longer article for the fact that in their environment increasingly naturist hikers will be on the way - which does not encounter problems in Haltern however usually. Nudity is not uncommon in this region anyway due to the naturist area at Silbersee II near Haltern - even nude hikers are on the move around the Westphalian town more often than elsewhere.
Cit. from that article: 'Especially in the Hohe Mark, nude hikers are more frequently on the move.', reports a rider, who often travels outside with her animals.
D · Nackt ist frei [en: Nude means free] - Berlin city magazine ZITTY sees some naturist renaissance [26 June 2019]
Berlin city magazine ZITTY writes in a longer article Nackt ist frei (in German): 'Until a few years ago, it seemed as if naturism was becoming increasingly unpopular. But recently, naturism has been experiencing a some renaissance: in naturist clubs and in shared flats, in some Berlin clubs and at bathing lakes, with sex and without', and proves this statement with numerous descriptions of nude activities. In fact, Berlin offers, among other things, numerous opportunities for sports in the nude: Regelmäßige Termine Nacktsport [en: recurrent events for nude sports].