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Town stumbles over naked rambling route

The Local · 24 Jan 2014, 15:22

Published: 24 Jan 2014 15:22 GMT+01:00

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Despite Germany's love of naturism, there are only two official routes where walkers can hike in the buff. One is in the central Harz mountains and another south of Hamburg, on the Lüneburg heath.

Town authorities in Trebbin, Brandenburg, said last year that they wanted to designate a route to nude rambling and tasked its culture committee to finding one.

But this has proved no easy task, disappointing naked walkers – nearly 100 of whom turned up from across eastern Germany last summer for the first organized naked ramble in the area, the Märkische Allgemeine reported.

From its success came the decision that Trebbin should have Germany's third naked wander way. Yet town officials admitted on Thursday that they were having trouble deciding on a suitable route.

One very popular option was, the Märkische Allgemeine said, dismissed recently after the committee realized that on a nice weekend there tended to be 600 people along the route – clothed. Turning it into a nude-friendly route could see a dent in the some 15,000 people who visit each year.

On Tuesday, two other ideas were brought to the table. The committee rejected one, as walkers would have to cross dangerous weirs along the way. The second is still being considered.

Ulfert Hanschur, who organized last year's naked ramble, is adamant that the route has to be available for naturists all the time. “Setting fixed times is not a good idea, it'll fizzle out,” he told the paper.

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Hanschur, who is on the committee, admitted that they likely would not come to a final decision until 2015.

Trebbin's mayor Thomas Berger remained optimistic. “I think that we will manage it. It will be positive for tourism in the region,” he told the Märkische Allgemeine. “However it does have to be in line with the locals.”

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