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Germany : Niedersachsen

2.0 km (1.3 miles) SSW of Munster-Alvern, Niedersachsen, Germany
Approx. altitude: 86 m (282 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 53°S 170°W

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#2: Our GPSs at the stick we set up at the confluence #3: The visitors #4: Perfect zeros on the GPS #5: The evil landowner's house (don't steal anything :)

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  53°N 10°E (visit #1)  

#1: Seen from the street above

(visited by Ray, Christoph Moder and netrunner)

12-Apr-2001 -- While planning the route for my trip to the easterHegg hacker convention in Hamburg, I saw on the map that the Autobahn gets quite near to 53N/10E. So I decided to start a few hours earlier (so it won't be too late in the evening) and visit this confluence, and also the two friends travelling with me in the car were interested.

Of course we didn't start as early as planned and there has been also much more traffic on the road than I had expected, so it already was 8PM when we got into the area. We used two 15 year old hiking maps of the area on which we found a quite short route from the Autobahn to the confluence point, which seemed to be approximately at a bridge crossing a railroad, next to a prohibited training area of the Bundeswehr (German army) - we hoped it would be outside (which it was).

Following the GPSs directions we drove into a way leading to a private property, invitingly decorated with balloons, so we assumed there would be a party and so nobody would notice or disturb us tracking down the confluence. But parking near the house we saw people inside the house watching us critically, and a minute later the owner came out and asked us what we were doing. We explained that we want to document a degree confluence and asked him if we could park our car for about 15 minutes on his property, but he didn't really understand why someone would be interested in such a confluence point and explained that there would often be burglars in the area and therefore he doesn't like strangers on his ground.

OK, so we had to leave (without stealing anything) and tried to approach the confluence from another direction, parked our car on the other side of the railway just opposite the house, and finally found it on the other side of the street (SE corner of the crossing), in the forest just underneath the embankment of the street. But meanwhile it had become even later after sunset, so it was difficult to take good photos (so please excuse the bad picture quality...). But at least we got an perfect all-zero reading on the GPS :)


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#1: Seen from the street above
#2: Our GPSs at the stick we set up at the confluence
#3: The visitors
#4: Perfect zeros on the GPS
#5: The evil landowner's house (don't steal anything :)
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