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Germany : Bayern

1.2 km (0.7 miles) W of Bad Alexandersbad-Kleinwendern, Bayern, Germany
Approx. altitude: 777 m (2549 ft)
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Antipode: 50°S 168°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
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#2: Right on the spot. Sorry for the flash light reflecting #3: The hiking path seen looking east #4: The hiking path seen looking west #5: The path hardly visible on the first visit, now lots of traces from heavy vehicles

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  50°N 12°E (visit #4)  

#1: The confluence is the stump in the center of the pricture. The bright spot at its side is my etrex

(visited by Malte Uhl)

03-Feb-2002 -- Having visited N49 E12 yesterday, the marvelous weather tempted me to visit N50 E12. Oh, I should mention that the place I currently work at is at N49.5 E12.03, quite precisely in the center of the confluences I visited.

Travelling to the place is easy. One may take the autobahn 93 to Marktredwitz. From there go to Bad Alexandersbad. You may then choose to park your car at the large parking lot you just cannot miss and take the hiking route with the red label direction west. It will lead you directly to the point. However I chose to drive to Kleinwendern. If you drive straight through the village, you'll find a parking lot there but there are less people around.

From there on, the confluence is 1.2 km away, but there's no street nor path, it's straight through the forest. The area is a water protection area and this winters ample snow was melting, so that in many places I felt like walking through a swamp.

As the previous visitors already pointed out: The confluence is in the middle of nowhere. There's only trees, trees and Norwegian Spruces and trees and a few rocks as can be seen on the photos. During the walk to the confluence and back I didn't see a person or animal except for one bird. And that was for 1.5 hours.

Judging from the photos the other visitors made, the area is being forested. Actually, there is a pile of recently cut wood 8 meters NNW of the confluence point. I wonder if it was placed there intentionally? The small trail visible on earlier photos is now a wide path caused by forestry vehicles, I assume.

Anyway, it was a particularly enjoyable afternoon finding the spot. It's easy to get there if you follow the hiking path mentioned above and its a nice outdoor experience if you prefer the straight route.

The photos show the yellow etrex lying right on the spot nicely supported by s stump, the from farther away lying on the side of the stump and the last one with the pile wood to the right, providing the perspective.


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#1: The confluence is the stump in the center of the pricture. The bright spot at its side is my etrex
#2: Right on the spot. Sorry for the flash light reflecting
#3: The hiking path seen looking east
#4: The hiking path seen looking west
#5: The path hardly visible on the first visit, now lots of traces from heavy vehicles
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