26-Jan-2001 -- On a sunny Sunday I decided to visit the confluence point 48N 13W. Equipped with my Nikon 990 and a friend's Garmin GPS 12 I got to Gresenberg, which is the nearest village to the confluence point. I started to walk with the Garmin switched on, moved about looking at the display, my tripod in hand. Well, finally I found the point, placed my tripod and started to take my pictures...
When I returned to my car again an older man (a farmer from Gresenberg) came along and asked me if I am doing some surveying and whether there is a building to be raised. I then took out my map and showed him what I really was doing out there, and he knew that there was this confluence point and was very amused about the idea of www.confluence.org!
Well, that's my story ;-)
Alois Perner has more information on this confluence: The position is about 7.5 km (as the crow flies) northeast of Oberndorf near Salzburg; this is the Austrian part of the historical market-town Laufen-Oberndorf on both sides of the river Salzach. Since 1816 -- on account of the resolutions of Viennese Congress -- this river is the border between Bavaria (Federal Republic of Germany) and Salzburg (FR of Austria).
Oberndorf is the home of the Salzach boatmen: an ancient society, they brought the salt from the salt mines and the works of Hallein to the consumer markets of Upper- and Lower-Austria, Bohemia, and beyond. Oberndorf is well-known for the story (it happened in 1818) of birth-place of the Christmas-song "Silent night".