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Germany : Baden-Württemberg

2.5 km (1.6 miles) E of Stegen-Eschbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Approx. altitude: 555 m (1820 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 48°S 172°W

Accuracy: 14 m (45 ft)
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#2: Looking North #3: Looking East #4: Looking South #5: Looking West #6: GoogleEarth & GPS & guidelines #7: Guidelines, photographs #8: View from DCP to car #9: View to DCP from car #10: Camping with my family at Alpirsbach

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  48°N 8°E (visit #13)  

#1: The confluence of 48° North and 8° East

(visited by Henk Pouwels)

01-Aug-2011 -- The morning after visiting 48N-07E I packed my tent and departed in the direction East via Munster to Colmar. It was very busy in Colmar and I don’t like busy towns so I went on to Neuf-Brisach. For the next town I had to cross the river Rhine, which is also the border between France and Germany: Breisach-am-Rhein. Then I followed Bundesstrasse 31 over 30 km, passing by Freiburg-im-Breisgau. Taking the L127 for about 7 km over Stegen and Eschbach brought me to Obertal at about 500m from the DCP. There is a bus stop where you can park.

The DCP is easy to find. Cross the road and climb to the old farm and a newly built house with house number 6A. At the left side (East) of the house is a country road leading directly to the DCP if you keep thinking “if you go left you go right”.

The actual DCP is at the edge of the road, at a location where recently a number of trees have been cut. Never the less the remaining trees (fir) reduced the accuracy of the GPS to 14-m. The slope of the terrain in all directions is steep to very steep. North, East, South and West.

Some meters further on the road gives a magnificent, typical “Schwarzwald”, view. The bus stop is at about 500m, behind the central group of trees, and about 100-m lower. The antipode image is taken from the start of this trip by foot.

I enjoyed a camper’s picnic and left for a camping near Freudenstad at 60-km north-west to meet my eldest son (also a DCP-hunter) and family, returning from the south-west of France. The L186 over Sint Peter leads to Waldkirch. It is beautiful but with steep parts and a lot of curves and hairpin curves. Halfway at 1200-m altitude (48.0651°N 8.0162°E) is suddenly a lot of business. Here you see parafoil flyers and delta gliders taking advantage of the wide valley of Waldkirch about 900-m below.

Arriving at the camping there is no place available. I found another camp site at Alpirsbach (48.3566°N 8.4120°E). In Alpirsbach is a brewery with very tasty beer!


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#1: The confluence of 48° North and 8° East
#2: Looking North
#3: Looking East
#4: Looking South
#5: Looking West
#6: GoogleEarth & GPS & guidelines
#7: Guidelines, photographs
#8: View from DCP to car
#9: View to DCP from car
#10: Camping with my family at Alpirsbach
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