10-Sep-2010 -- After having visited 48N 11E around noon, we had still enough time and motivation to go for another Confluence. 48N 12E was only 74.5 km to the East, but unfortunately in this part of Bavaria all major roads are radiating out from the country's capital Munich, and as we had to go from a point southwest of Munich to another southeast of Munich, this was of no avail to us. According to the sat nav in my car, the quickest way would be to take the Autobahn ring road skirting Munich in the North(!), but this was not my favourite at all. So I disabled the navigation via Autobahn in the sat nav, and selected another route going all along small country roads south of Munich. Of course, this took quite a while, but offered much more insight in the landscape and rural architecture of this lovely country Oberbayern (Upper Bavaria).
As we slowly approached our goal, even the Alps became visible in the South. Two and a half hours later we arrived at the village of Aßling (the second letter in this name is NOT a B, it is a German alphabet ligature for unvoiced S, so the village's name has to be pronounced like English "us-ling"). We left the village to the North and soon could turn left on a smaller tarmac road between the fields that bypasses the Confluence only by a couple of metres. When I started the confluence dance with the GPS receiver, I found that Lady Luck this time did smile only with a wink of the eye, as the Confluence was about 3-4 metres inside a field of high-grown maize...
I cautiously crawled between the stalks and could get a zero reading on the GPS receiver (EPE 4 m, measured altitude 493 m), but of course nothing could be seen around. So I stepped out of the maize and took the views toward North, East, South, and West, and a 360° panorama from the neighbouring meadow, about 15 m north of the Confluence.
52 m west of the Confluence (visible in the panorama), the already described monument is placed near the crossing of two tracks and close to a bridge over the small stream Attel. Its WGS-84 coordinates are 47°59'59.3"N 11°59'57.7"E. As the confluence monuments in Germany are sometimes placed according to the local Potsdam geodetic system, I checked also the monument's coordinates in the Potsdam system, here the reading was 48°0'2.6"N 12°0'2.8"E, which means that the Potsdam confluence is nearly twice as far away from the monument than the WGS-84 confluence. So this definitely confirms that the monument has been placed here solely out of convenience.
After stepping over the bridge, a nice view of Aßling
with the Alps mountains in the background could be seen.
This concluded our confluencing activities for this time, and after two more sunny days in Munich and (more appealing to the children) in Legoland Deutschland, we returned home Sunday night in a heavy downpour.