28-May-2005 -- After visiting Prague for the weekend we spontaneously decided to visit the nearest confluence point on our way home. So we were totally unprepared and not knowing where we would end up. The confluence was not even marked on our map. But the GPS showed us the correct directions guiding us to the town Nižbor.
From the bridge in Nižbor it was just 120m away, following the road down at the river we could approach the point as close as 50m. But from there, a steep forested slope of 45 degrees lay between us and the exact location. What to do? Climb the confluence or try to find a road up to the mountain? I made the wrong decision: I climbed all the way up, only to find out what a huge distance 50m could be! When I reached the point, I found myself already on the top, next to a giant front of a house.
After a quick documentation of the point, I came back to the rest of the group (waiting down at the riverside) and then we all went up to the house, which turned out to be a castle. But this time we choose a proper way to the top.
Looking towards the point from 50m south of the confluence. Interestingly, Mark Pautz had taken this motif 4.5 years earlier when this CP was visited for the first time. Without knowledge of his visit, I choose the same spot and exact the same direction for the photo.
Of interest is - above all - the big change between the two pictures, compare with his picture, where the castle had not been renovated. By the way, renovation is still ongoing, so there will be more changes on the side of the building where the confluence is.
Now, the castle harbours an information centre of the celtic culture. Videos about the handcrafts of the Celts can be seen, some information boards show the movements of the Celtic tribes in the time between 1200 and 60 before Chr. Additionally, the Celtic gear, pottery and other equipment can be seen, just 15 m from the confluence. The site has been used by the Celts already 2500 years ago. Obviously, the Celts had been using GPS to locate their sites at confluence points….
CP visit details:
- Time at CP: 16:45 p.m.
- Duration: 2 hours (including visit of the exhibition)
- Distance of car parking: 110 m
- GPS height: 280 m
- Distance to a track: 7 m
- Distance to a road: 50 m
- Distance to houses: 8 m
- Distance while taking picture of GPS: 7.67 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 5 m
- Description: Special location! At a steep slope in deciduous forest. 8 m from the wall of Nižbor castle.
- Given Name: The Celtic Confluence