03-Feb-2002 -- Having visited N49 E12 yesterday, the marvelous weather
tempted me to visit N50 E12. Oh, I should mention that the
place I currently work at is at N49.5 E12.03, quite precisely
in the center of the confluences I visited.
Travelling to the place is easy. One may take the autobahn
93 to Marktredwitz. From there go to Bad Alexandersbad.
You may then choose to park your car at the large parking
lot you just cannot miss and take the hiking route with
the red label direction west. It will lead you directly to
the point. However I chose to drive to Kleinwendern. If
you drive straight through the village, you'll find a
parking lot there but there are less people around.
From there on, the confluence is 1.2 km away, but there's no
street nor path, it's straight through the forest. The area
is a water protection area and this winters ample snow was
melting, so that in many places I felt like walking
through a swamp.
As the previous visitors already pointed out: The confluence
is in the middle of nowhere. There's only trees, trees and
Norwegian Spruces and trees and a few rocks as can be seen
on the photos. During the walk to the confluence and back I
didn't see a person or animal except for one bird. And that
was for 1.5 hours.
Judging from the photos the other visitors made, the area is
being forested. Actually, there is a pile of recently cut
wood 8 meters NNW of the confluence point. I wonder if it
was placed there intentionally? The small trail visible
on earlier photos is now a wide path caused by forestry
vehicles, I assume.
Anyway, it was a particularly enjoyable afternoon finding
the spot. It's easy to get there if you follow the hiking
path mentioned above and its a nice outdoor experience if
you prefer the straight route.
The photos show the yellow etrex lying right on the spot
nicely supported by s stump, the from farther away lying
on the side of the stump and the last one with the pile
wood to the right, providing the perspective.