Freewheeling … Kevin Rushby heads for Kap Arkona in Rügen.Kevin Rushby for the Guardian

Nature trail: exploring Germany’s largest island
Tranquil Rügen, off Germany’s Baltic coast, teems with nature – and naturists

Can the contrast between Britain and Germany be more stark than when it comes to public nudity? I come across it on my cycling tour of Germany’s largest island, Rügen, almost as soon as I pedal across the bridge that connects it to the mainland and the elegant Baltic port of Stralsund.

I’ve done just a few miles through shady woodlands and sleepy villages of quaint thatched cottages. There are cycle paths almost all the way and I’m enjoying myself. The sun comes out. In a lovely patch of forest, I swing off down an unmarked track. Who cares about directions? You can’t go wrong here, and I want to see the sea.

Grosser Strand in the south-east corner of the island.Kevin Rushby for the Guardian
Grosser Strand in the south-east corner of the island.

I emerge by the water and take a coastal path that soon degenerates into a boulder field. I carry the bike to a beach that is a metre wide, and on it, basking magnificently, is a middle-aged man with a pot belly that is almost a metre deep and sun-ripened to walnut brown. Not a stitch on him. I pause, then edge past. There is no one else around. He is the only person I can ask for directions. Cont…Read full original article…

Source: The Guardian

28 August, 2017, 5:30 pm

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