02-Feb-2002 -- On an idle saturday afternoon I decided to finally
contribute to the confluence project and to visit the
49N 12E point, although it has been visited a number of
Getting there is actually quite easy, once you know the
area which I didn't. Using the Autobahn A3
Regensburg-Nürnberg, take the exit "Sinzig" and turn left
and immediately left again onto the minor road. This road
will lead you directly to the confluence spot. The access
restriction to this road reported by another visitor
actually begins only 20 meters before the spot.
The confluence is located in a wood right next to the
autobahn, about 50 meters west of the tunnel below it and
about 5 meters off the right side of the minor road leading
to it. It makes for a nice afternoon walk, maybe even with
children, thus introducing them to navigation.
Once I found the spot, I left my eTrex lying on the ground
for a few minutes to average its position. I adjusted the
position several times by a few meters, but was unable to
get it right on the spot because every direction I tried
was farther from the exact reading. The accuracy reading on
the GPS was flipping between 5 and 6 meters, which is -
judging from experience - about as good as it gets in a
The pictures I took of the spot are a too dark because
although the sun was still shining at 4pm, it was already
close enough to the horizon to leave me in twilight. Thus,
the photos included are the ones taken from a hill in about
200m distance from the confluence point and not the ones
showing only a dark mess of trees.
As can be seen, there's a power line in parallel to the road
leading to the point, but on the other side of the road.
Also, during the 20 minutes I spent pinpointing the
confluence several passenger air planes flew right over me,
all from east to west. I guess that this maybe the flight
path from Vienna or Prague to Frankfurt, given the number
Anyway, I'll be visiting the next confluence soon.