E · A week of exploring Spain in the buff at Sierra Natura [3 November 2019]
During the Naked European Walking Tour (NEWT) in July 2019, Jane and Nick developed the idea of a similar week in Spain. Clarisse and Pascal made it happen and initiated a week of hikes in the buff in October 2019 in the surroundings of a naturist campsite in the Spanish mountains southwest of Valencia. It became the first Spanish NEWT, and, thanks to the active participation of naturists from 5 countries, it was already international again.
D · Slogan Unverpackt kaufen [en: Buy unpacked] of Netto supermarket group: Invitation to buy goods unpacked yourself [27 October 2019]
In the food industry, but not only there, the slogan Buy unpacked is trendy. The discounter Netto stretches its marketing with pictures of unpacked, i.e. clothes-free ladies. The invitation, to go to Netto for shopping unpacked, i.e. without clothes, is a little late in the year, but courageous customers should not be deterred by outside temperatures going down - the shops are heated, and, maybe, there's even a hot coffee or mulled wine to warm you up?
NL · Naked Tour in the Kunsthal Rotterdam: Guided tour through the exhibition I’m Your Mirror [7 October 2019]
Since 2017, the Rotterdam Museum Kunsthal has been organising its "Naked Tour" every year with great success.
This year, it took place on 28 September. The previously registered, approx. 60 visitors could visit the works of the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos undressed. Four museum guides explained the individual artworks to groups of younger and older nude visitors including a grandmother and her two granddaughters.
The exhibited works this time had no relation to the nude person or body, unlike so often on naturist guided tours through museums. They were oversized objects, with which the artist satirically mocked the "roles" of men and women in society – for example in a pair of high heels made of chrome kitchen pots or by transforming a helicopter, i.e. a typical "male" object, into an extremely feminine "lilicopter" with feminine attributes.
In the Netherlands, too, media interest in events, where you can be nude, is growing. This is already evident from the fact, that a photographer and a cameraman accompanied the naturists and the second largest newspaper of the Netherlands "Algemeen Dagblad" reported about it on 29 September 2019. Already in 2018, the countrywide known presenter Lauren Verster informed about the "Naked Tour" in the "Kunsthal" at that time in her TV show "Lauren!".
We learned during our visit, that there shall be another "Naked Tour" in 2020 – natury will inform you.
L · Naturist visit of the Villa Vauban Museum on Th 3 Oct 2019 [6 October 2019]
Guido had initiated a naturist tour of the Villa Vauban Museum in Luxembourg City on 3 October 2019. Ten naturists took part in a guided visit of photographs by the Finnish artist Elena Brotherus.
D · Andreas Schlüter (FAZ): Self-experiment of hiking in the buff on a naturist educational trail [4 October 2019]
In a FAZ+ article, FAZ reporter Andreas Schlüter reports about his first nude hiking steps.
"The first quarter of an hour is like a nightmare, from which there is no awakening, because it is not a dream, but simply the most embarrassing thing I have ever experienced. I stand stark naked, wearing only sneakers, on a small parking lot somewhere between the villages of Wesel and Wehlen in the Lüneburger Heide [en: Lüneburg Heath]. An early autumn sun shines mildly, and in the distance you can see purple flowering heather. At least, that's for sure."
This is the beginning of the article, which also reports on the long, naturist past of the Lüneburger Heide with the Lichtschulheim founded by the Lebensreform movement. But after all, the author returns to his current, personal situation and notes after an initially felt embarrassment:
"And suddenly, there are completely different sensations. There's the immediacy of sun and wind, even on parts of the body, which are otherwise hidden in the dark. One perceives every breeze of wind, just as one immediately registers every cloud pushing in front of the sun. […] And suddenly, there are completely different sensations. There's the immediacy of sun and wind, even on parts of the body, which are otherwise hidden in the dark. One perceives every breeze of wind, just as one immediately registers every cloud pushing in front of the sun. […] At some point, one also gets an idea of what must have made the Lebensreformer1 of the early twentieth century tick. This nudity in the open nature is – embarrassment or not – above all stunning. Something like a feeling of being content and even happy by hiking nude in the sun emerges."
Well, such beautiful feelings encourage you to try them out for yourself - at the next opportunity!
To read the full article (in German): You need to register. FAZ+ articles can be accessed during 30 days for free, from then 2,95 €/week for one year. Can be cancelled at any time.
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:
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.
Selected nudevents (spanning over several days)