The Initiative Aktiver Naturist(inn)en [en: Initiative of Active Naturists] promotes tourism with changing local key aspects by initiating Naturist Days in i.e. Saxony, Thuringia, Westphalia, other regions of Germany, and other countries like Autria, France, or Spain. We enjoy hikes, climbing tours, bicycle tours, and combinations (biking, hiking, swimming). Naturists carry out their activities nude and in harmony with nature. They attach particular importance to nature-oriented and environmentally friendly behaviour with all due consideration for the animal and plant world as well as the natural resources of nature.
We are experiencing an increasing resonance of naturists, who want to be nude with us. For people, who want to try out the nude life in nature for themselves for the first time and for people who are interested in naturist activities, but don't want to (immediately) undress themselves, group events offer the opportunity to get to know and love the current trend sport. Naktivities take place again and again on several consecutive days and attract naturists from several countries. They get to know our respective homeland and recommend it to others if they liked it and if they felt comfortable. We are welcome guests in gastronomy and overnight accommodation. Usually we are then dressed, sometimes we are allowed to go nude or, after the presentation of our bodypainting artworks between church and town hall, we get an ice cream for the great pleasure of other guests. Also the offered informative handout was gladly accepted by the hosts again and again.
Since at least 2008, newspapers have published informative articles about nudity hiking, public television have had produced and broadcasted documentaries on the subject, e.g. WDR, NDR, MDR, ZDF …
Such documentaries have been broadcasted several times by these and other stations. WDR alone has commissioned, broadcasted and passed on several reportages since 2008, including 2010 of the traditional annual nude hike on Whitsunday with between 60 and 100 participants each.
Also, a WDR documentary about hiking is well remembered, in which Mr Franz-Josef Antwerpes, former district president in Cologne, simply said “Oh, let them go!" in his pleasantly relaxed manner on the subject of hiking in the buff. Thank you, Mr Antwerpes!
Also, a WDR documentary about “21 things you should have done on foot in North Rhine-Westphalia” is well remembered. Two WDR recommendations broadcasted in prime time at 8:15 pm were “Why don't you take a walk barefoot?” and „Why don't you take a walk in the buff?”.
Thanks to good communication in the media, it seems that there is less and less need for police authorities, to reassure concerned callers or even to arrange a service trip only to find out on the spot, that only a harmless hike in the buff (in German) is taking place. Naturists experience at encounters, that people not only ask them questions about naturism with interest, but increasingly inform each other about naturism - not only return our greetings in the same friendly way, but also greet them first (“Nice to see you again: We missed you already!”) or simply pause and start a conversation on any topic without even mentioning our nudity.
What is a nude hiking park? Let's develop the thought step by step.
In many places in Germany, there is a so-called “Barfusspark" [en: “Barefoot Park"] (barfusspark.de). People, who are interested in walking and hiking barefoot, go there to try it out for themselves and to get helpful information.
Those, who experience this new body feeling as positive and enriching, want to go barefoot elsewhere as well.
In encounters, shoed people repeatedly show joy about this kind of natural life, some are interested and ask specific questions, want to learn more, gain new insights for themselves.
No one would come up with the idea, to send a barefoot walker (back) to a barefoot park on the grounds of being outside a barefoot park or to order to put on shoes again.
At several locations in Germany, there is an “educational trail for hiking in the buff', in German often also called 'Nacktwanderweg' [en: nude hiking trail]. People, who are interested to hike in the buff, go there to try it out for themselves and to get helpful information.
Those, who experience this new body feeling as positive and enriching, want to hike, run, cycle, and swim in the nude elsewhere as well.
During encounters, clothed people mostly show joy about this kind of natural life, some are interested, stop and ask specific questions, want to learn more and gain new insights for themselves.
Only now and then, some individuals come up with the idea to want to send a nude hiker (back) to the next official nude hiking trail or demand that nude hikers shall put on clothes on the grounds of being outside an educational nude hiking trail. In such cases, we can help to clear up misunderstandings and misjudgements through our friendly appearance and the provision of factual information.
In 2016, when a Heidepark employee met a group of nude hikers, he was first surprised to find us near Undeloh outside the official nude hiking trail there. Then he was delighted with the factual information, which the nude hikers could give him. Because of his phone call to the police to make sure, that they confirmed the information about hiking in the buff, police officers answered in the affirmative.
The Heidepark employee was delighted and gladly took a printed brochure with him for his manager.
… to nude hiking park: Develop your naktiv life yourself according to the motto “All together in the altogether”!
As soon as you get to know hiking in the buff and have discovered being naktiv as a new leisure sport and lifestyle for yourself, a hiking trail becomes a nude hiking trail for you, a hiking area in nature becomes a nude hiking park. So, you hike, bike, run, swim in the nude, wherever you like in nature – alone, in pairs, or in a group. Perhaps, you will encounter others interested to hike in the buff or do other activities in the nude together with you or having questions, which you are now easily able to answer.
"A young couple took the opportunity, to hike in clothes with us and to get an idea of our community. While he had to return early, she accompanied us until the end of the hike and told us, that she enjoyed it so much, that she would like to accompany us again.
Shortly before our return to the Kirnitzsch Creek, another young couple showed interest in nude hiking and our naturist lifestyle. The conversation soon changed from German to English, when it became clear, that she understood English better. They accompanied us to our bathing place. Both did not hesitate long to our invitation from the water “Come in. It is refreshing.”: They undressed and came into the Kirnitzsch. She answered the question “Where are you from?” with “Columbia, Bogotá”. Her friend from Hanover, where both now live, had met her during his studies in Spain. She is now learning German as her next language.”
- Excerpt from a report about SNW 2018