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2.2 km (1.4 miles) NW of Gresten, Niederösterreich, Austria
Approx. altitude: 412 m (1351 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 48°S 165°W

Accuracy: 2 m (6 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View East (towards a small fishing pond) #3: View South #4: View West #5: The confluence point lies just past this barbed-wire fence #6: All zeros! #7: The "Meridianstein" - about 91 meters from the true Degree Confluence Point #8: The small town of Gresten, just south of the confluence point #9: The Ybbs River ("Naturpark Steirische Eisenwurzen")

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  48°N 15°E (visit #12)  

#1: View North

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

28-Jul-2015 -- One of the things that I enjoy about participating in the Degree Confluence Project is that it inadvertently exposes me to interesting places that I would not otherwise have visited. Today, I was driving from Graz to Linz. If I had simply driven there directly, I would have stayed on a motorway. Instead, I made a detour to visit this Degree Confluence Point, and discovered a beautiful alpine valley: The Ybbs River Valley. (Who, outside of Austria, has even heard of the Ybbs River?)

After a lot of driving along beautiful, but narrow country roads (encountering several crazy Austrian drivers going too fast on these narrow roads), I arrived at the point, which lies in a patch of brush, just inside a barbed-wire fence. Just beyond the fence was a small pond, where a man was fishing. The man was confused about why I was taking photos, so I showed him my GPS receiver’s display. He pointed out that the "Meridianstein” was nearby, so I walked there next. The "Meridianstein” was actually about 91 m from the true (WGS84) confluence point; it was presumably positioned using a different datum - but still would (barely) count as a successful visit for this project.

After visiting this point, I continued northwards to visit the beautiful Melk Stift (monastery), and then on to Linz.


 All pictures
#1: View North
#2: View East (towards a small fishing pond)
#3: View South
#4: View West
#5: The confluence point lies just past this barbed-wire fence
#6: All zeros!
#7: The "Meridianstein" - about 91 meters from the true Degree Confluence Point
#8: The small town of Gresten, just south of the confluence point
#9: The Ybbs River ("Naturpark Steirische Eisenwurzen")
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)