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France : Alsace

3.3 km (2.1 miles) WNW of Schleithal, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Approx. altitude: 157 m (515 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 49°S 172°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: GPS data at Confluence #3: View north outside the bushes, 10 m away from confluence #4: View east #5: View south #6: View west #7: Memorial at the German-French border #8: Information at memorial regarding European Union #9: Further information

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#1: Confluence N49 E8 next to the German-French border

(visited by Ole Henseler)

18-Apr-2011 -- Coming from direction of Pirmasens in Germany, I crossed the green border in St. Germanshof. Only some houses are located here and besides some flags and signs and a memorial, nothing reminds the visitor to cross a border between two countries.

Back in 1950, some hundred young Europeans initiated the first "European Union" here: they organized a symbolic get-together to substantiate their willingness to live in a peaceful and united continent.

From the border, I crossed the nice town Wissembourg and drove towards the confluence. Some cyclists observed me while I entered the brushwood. I explained them what I was doing and they stared at me a bit astonished... well, after 34 confluences and many of those encounters, I am used to it. We laughed together and agreed that everybody should have the liberty to do what he wants, especially in an area like this, where liberty has a certain history.

I took my photos (outside the bushes, otherwise you only see 4 photos with trees...) and turned back to Germany, only some kilometers away and found my way home in the late evening.


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#1: Confluence N49 E8 next to the German-French border
#2: GPS data at Confluence
#3: View north outside the bushes, 10 m away from confluence
#4: View east
#5: View south
#6: View west
#7: Memorial at the German-French border
#8: Information at memorial regarding European Union
#9: Further information
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