Switzerland is getting to be a more difficult place for people who have alternative ideas about clothing and personal style. First, the municipality of Zurich bans its employees from showing tattoos and piercings, or wearing gym shoes. Now the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden has banned naked hiking, a tradition that goes back to the early 20th century when people wanted to get in touch, directly, with nature:
Excerpt (from The Guardian):
Naked alpine ramblers have been warned to keep their clothes on this spring or face fines under new legislation introduced by Swiss authorities intended to clamp down on a growing pastime. The Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden has said it will slap fines of 200 francs (Â£122) on holidaymakers going naked in the Alps. “We were forced to introduce the legislation against this indecent practice before the warm weather starts,” said Melchior Looser, the justice and police minister of the canton. He said that until now the naturist walkers â€“ sometimes referred to as “boot-only hikers” â€“ had been free to wander naked because there was no law to prevent them from doing so. The new law is expected to come into force on 9 February in time for the start of the hiking season. According to one naked hiker website, nacktwandern.de, the trend goes back to the start of the 20th century and has much to do with the new access it gives people to nature. “Abandoning unpractical clothes enables a direct contact with the wind, sun and temperature”, the site said. Some hikers even abandon footwear.
Bear in mind, however, that this law does not apply throughout Switzerland. It’s a cantonal law, meaning it applies only in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden.