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Germany : Nordrhein-Westfalen

2.9 km (1.8 miles) NW of Stadtlohn-Büren, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Approx. altitude: 73 m (239 ft)
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Antipode: 52°S 173°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)

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  52°N 7°E (visit #3)  

#1: View north. Confluence is below the center of the picture

(visited by Malte Uhl)

09-Feb-2002 -- Today my landlord decided to cut the old trees in front of the house using a chainsaw. Because there's no other noise I hate more, except lawnmowers maybe, I headed off to visit another confluence, N52 E7.

The spot is easily reached. Take the A31 and use exit Gescher turning west to Gescher. Use the K34 north and after about 5 Km turn right to Büren. That's the village close to the confluence (5 houses or so). Go through the village and turn left(west) onto the K33 and after 600 meters turn right onto the K38. That's the road that will take you closest to the confluence. I was surprised to find a bus stop right a the spot where one has to leave the road at a right angle to go to the confluence. So, if you prefer to go there by bus, take line 862, stop "Krieger". I have no idea where that bus line goes to, though.

The area is characterized by lots of meadows, small roads and patches of trees in between. I assume the area once was a large forest before the first farmers settled there. The confluence point is in such a wood, so the photos don't represent the area well.

The ground in that wood is very swamp like. It had rained for 2 days before my visit and even today the weather was cloudy with heavy intermittend showers making it even worse. Even if you manage to avoid the puddles, occasionally you'll sink into the ground may 10cm deep. If you're going to visit this confluence, bring watertight boots!

The only attraction near the confluence is an atomic waste dump, about 3 Km away. Funny to imagine the large trucks with the containers and hundreds of protestors on the small roads of the area.


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