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Austria

1.2 km (0.7 miles) W of Sulzbach, Niederösterreich, Austria
Approx. altitude: 654 m (2145 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 48°S 164°W

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Martin & Günter (left to right) at the confluence #3: The confluence with austrian flag #4: The trail to the confluence #5: Railway station 1.6 km from the confluence

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  48°N 16°E (visit #1)  

#1: This picture shows the steepness of the terrain

(visited by Martin Mauerböck and Günter Martinek)

07-Jan-2001 -- On Fr 2001-01-05 I learned about the degree confluence project on my favourite online newspaper. After a brief visit of the web site I noticed the absence of any confluences documented in Austria. Since I didn't have any plans for the weekend I looked at Austrian Map Online to see where the nearest confluences in the vicinity of Vienna are. The terrain of N48 E16 looked interesting, so I asked a friend of mine, Günter, if he had any interest in a visit. We decided to go on Sunday.

Su 2001-01-07: After driving for about 30 min by car, we arrived at the railway station Taßhof, about 2 km SE of Altenmarkt (Niederösterreich), which is about 35 km SW of Vienna, the capital of Austria. The weather on Sunday was not the one we had hoped for. It was completely overcast, with no direct sunlight on the surface.

The trail to Kienberg and Hocheck passes by the confluence by about only 30-40 m. We had to ascend 260m, and after some 1.6 km we were near the confluence. Just before we reached the target altitude of 640m, we entered the cloud layer you can see on the pictures. With my GPS it was very easy to approach the confluence. Taking the picture where the GPS shows exactly N48.00000° E016.00000° was a time consuming job, because the GPS was drifting a little bit all the time and we had to move around until the display was right and press the button of the camera. We decided to take a digital camera (special thanks to Ritu Kenn for borrowing us her Olympus C-820L) and an ordinary TTL camera (Canon EOS-500N) for backup, just in case. After some 20 minutes of taking pictures, we left for the car.

Since we had enough time of daylight left, we decided to visit the N48 E017 confluence too, which was about 90 km travel by car away. But that's a different story...


 All pictures
#1: This picture shows the steepness of the terrain
#2: Martin & Günter (left to right) at the confluence
#3: The confluence with austrian flag
#4: The trail to the confluence
#5: Railway station 1.6 km from the confluence
#6: GPS coordinate
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Pending visits
Submitted  Visit date  Name  Success?  Status? 
26-Sep-14  09-Sep-14  Hansen Ohnesorge  yes  pending