Voters in the heart of the Swiss Alps have banned naked hiking after dozens of mostly German nudists started rambling through their picturesque region.
By a show of hands citizens of the tiny state of Appenzell Inner Rhodes voted overwhelmingly at their traditional open-air annual assembly to impose a fine on violators.
Only a scattering of people today opposed the ban on the back-to-nature activity that took off last autumn.
The cantonal government recommended the ban after determining that citizens had found nude hiking to be “thoroughly disturbing and irritating”.
A similar legal move is expected in neighbouring Appenzell Outer Rhodes with legislation being prepared against “this shameless behaviour”.