I wasn't aware that nude hiking was a big thing so to speak, but apparently at least in Switzerland it is the thing to do if you are from Germany and looking for a fun way to spend the weekend. When I think of hiking I must be thinking of an entirely different sport than the Germans. The one I am thinking of requires long hours of walking through terrain that may not be forgiving, may cause you to fall, certainly gets you dirty and often leads to bug or other animal bites. They really want to do that naked? Apparently yes.
Several Swiss Cantons have been named in German nudist magazines as the place to go for naked hiking. Since then, the tiny villages and towns have been swamped with naked Germans wandering around in nothing more than backpacks while singing David Hasselhoff songs.
Although the people in the towns didn't like it, the behavior wasn't illegal until last weekend. Now if you choose to get one with nature it will cost you a $200 fine. It really shouldn't come to that. I am never going to hike anyway, but if I ever had to hike to a bakery or some other motivating pursuit, I sure know I wouldn't want to do it naked. Nude beaches are one thing. Falling down in the woods naked is completely another. That has got to hurt.