Swiss village fights back after invasion of naked German hikers
The Alpine village of Appenzell is to fine anyone caught hiking in the nude because many people were offended by the naturist ramblers
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.