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Germany : Niedersachsen

2.5 km (1.6 miles) SW of Achim-Bierden, Niedersachsen, Germany
Approx. altitude: 5 m (16 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 53°S 171°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking North #3: Looking East #4: Looking South #5: Looking West #6: The agricultural track with the DCP #7: Google Earth image and GPS-displays #8: The dirt path #9: The pond #10: A typical farmhouse

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#1: Barley hanging over the DCP

(visited by Henk Pouwels)

29-May-2008 -- A friend of mine lives in Hamburg, almost 60 years ago we got acquainted in the kindergarten. The DCP is situated just a few kilometre’s off the Autobahn south of Bremen on my way to Hamburg. So I passed it many times. Last year I tried to visit it but I was not very well prepared and I gave up at about 300m, standing at the wrong side of a dead branch of a river. Now I had examined Google Earth and had read the reports of other visitors. While driving to Hamburg it was pouring rain the whole day so I decided to postpone the visit to my way back from Hamburg.

This turned out to be a good decision. Bright sunshine, rather high temperatures and good dry roads pleased me. Leaving the motorway A1 into the direction of Achim you first cross motorway A27 from Bremen. In the centre of Achim turn right into the Bremer-strasse and find your way to the left to Bierdener Marsch. From here you have to walk, see the yellow track at the map; either clockwise or anti-clockwise it takes 1.7 km to reach the DCP.

The DCP is in a field with corn, barley for brewing beer I think, of about 1m high. German farmers are very gentle to DCP-hunters: during this trip I encountered three times a field with tracks of agricultural machinery which allowed me to enter the field without trampling the crop. The DCP is within 5m EPE and 1.3m indicated position error of such a track. The N, E, S, W photographs show the field and the flatness of the area. The river at the bottom of the map is the Weser, flowing to the Northsea via Bremen.

Most of the path to be walked is concrete, only the section starting 100m west up to 450m east of the DCP is a dirt road. Although it is now dry and with an abundance of flowers I can imagine how messy it will be when wet. Just around the corner is a pond. A typical farmhouse is behind the dyke were I parked the car. There was also a stork breeding in a nest too high on a pole to photograph.


 All pictures
#1: Barley hanging over the DCP
#2: Looking North
#3: Looking East
#4: Looking South
#5: Looking West
#6: The agricultural track with the DCP
#7: Google Earth image and GPS-displays
#8: The dirt path
#9: The pond
#10: A typical farmhouse
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