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Germany : Nordrhein-Westfalen

1.9 km (1.2 miles) N of Gangelt, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Approx. altitude: 80 m (262 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 51°S 174°W

Accuracy: 15 m (49 ft)
Quality: good

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

#2: View East #3: View South, with the Mercator monument below the tree #4: View West, including car. #5: Proof - as long as iPhones are considered conclusive #6: Panorama of Mercatorpunkt and confluence in the distance left from the trees. #7: A  happy hunter. #8: Mercator monument #9: Intersection of 51°N and 6°E on the monument #10: Cities on 6°E (well protected) #11: Cities on 51°N (full of algae and lichen) #12: Not to forget the Lord.

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  51°N 6°E (visit #21)  

#1: View North. The confluence may be supposed near the left yellow flower.

(visited by Sven-Erich Czernik)

23-Aug-2022 -- My first confluence visit is more or less a by-product of my special item, which is reaching tip points (N, NW, W, SW, S, SE, E, NE tips) including the highest, the lowest point and the geographical center of a nation or - within Germany - of our 16 lands.

This day's programme was to reach the westernmost tip of Germany (and Northrhine-Westphalia as well) and the southernmost point of the Netherlands.It turned out that 51°N 6°E was just a few kilometers away from Germany's west cape, proving that there is a Germany west of 6°E.

Access to the confluence is extremely easy making use of A 46 autobahn which turns into B 56 Bundesstrasse from the east, taking Gangelt exit. You enter Gangelt via Hanxler Strasse and follow a sign turning right towards Mercatorpunkt. You pass Lindenhof farm, and there you are: the confluence is on a paddock just beside the street. I refrained from jumping through the fence as I did neither want to disturb the horses nor to infringe on private property. As I do not own a GPS receiver, I relied on my iPhone app, showing a strange and impossible notification (50°59°60" = 51°00'00").

120 m SW from here and in direct vicinity to the tree visible in #3 you will find a memorial in honour of Gheert Cremer who latinized his name to Gerhard Mercator and eventually became the most capable cartographer of the renaissance.

The red sandstone pillar shows a sphere, an intersection of 51°N and 6°E and bears the names of several cities situated on 51°N (western side) and 6°E (eastern side). There is also a steel plate informing you about Mercator's life and achievements, and there is a wayside cross, probably much older than our new confluence stuff.


 All pictures
#1: View North. The confluence may be supposed near the left yellow flower.
#2: View East
#3: View South, with the Mercator monument below the tree
#4: View West, including car.
#5: Proof - as long as iPhones are considered conclusive
#6: Panorama of Mercatorpunkt and confluence in the distance left from the trees.
#7: A happy hunter.
#8: Mercator monument
#9: Intersection of 51°N and 6°E on the monument
#10: Cities on 6°E (well protected)
#11: Cities on 51°N (full of algae and lichen)
#12: Not to forget the Lord.
ALL: All pictures on one page