European Tripoints

tripoint, is a geographical point at which the boundaries of three countries meet. These can be on land (dry) or demarcated by rivers or lakes (wet). Tripoints can be easy to access or isolated, they can be marked with large monuments or not easily identifiable at all. There are 48 European Tripoints

Example of a wet Tripoint

ATCZSK Austria – Czech Republic – Slovakia Tripoint is at the confluence of the Thaya and March Rivers. (Photo taken from CZ with SK to the right and Austria to the left. Visiting the tripoint involves a 5km walk along the Czech river bank. There are a few signs and statues at the Tripoint.

Example of a dry Tripoint

BEDENL is an extremely accessible Tripoint being very close to neighbouring towns and cities. The tripoint itself is close to the highest point in the Netherlands ( Vaalserberg 322.4m) and an observation tower and several restaurants and playground facilities.

Table: European Tripoints

NumberNameCountries Coordinates Type Links
1 ADESFRe Andorra – France – Spain (E) 42°30’09″N 01°43’28″E DryBerns (2004)
Palmberg (2016)
2 ADESFRw Andorra – France – Spain (west) 42°36’07″N 01°26’32″E Dry Berns (2004)
3 ALGRMK Albania – Greece – Macedonia 40°51’06″N 20°59’00″E WetPalmberg (2005)
4 ALKVME Albania – Kosovo – Montenegro 42°33’22″N 20°04’43″E DryHering (2001)
5 ALKVMK Albania – Kosovo – Macedonia 41°52’39″N 20°35’40″E Dry
6 ATCHDE Austria – Germany – Switzerland  47°31’45″N 09°36’41″E WetHering (2001) Palmberg (2001) (2011)
7 ATCHIT Austria – Italy – Switzerland 46°51’16″N 10°28’08″E Dry Hering (2004)
Palmberg (2007)
8 ATCHLIn Austria – Liechtenstein – Switzerland (north) 47°16’11″N 09°31’49″E WetHering (2001)
Palmberg (2001) (2007)
9 ATCHLIs Austria – Liechtenstein – Switzerland (south) 47°03’35″N 09°36’24″E Dry
10 ATCZDE Austria – Czech Republic – Germany 48°46’18″N 13°50’22″E DryHering (2004)
Palmberg (2005)
11 ATCZSK Austria – Czech Republic – Slovakia 48°37’00″N 16°56’25″E WetPalmberg (2001) (2002)
12 ATHUSI Austria – Hungary – Slovenia 46°52’9″N 16°06’50″E DryHering (2001)
Palmberg (2001)
13 ATHUSK Austria – Hungary – Slovakia 48°0’24″N 17°9’39″E DryHering (2001)
Palmberg (2001) (2002)
The Lady Travels (2017)
14 ATITSI Austria – Italy – Slovenia 46°31’22″N 13°42’41″E DryHering (2001)
Palmberg (2001) (2005)
Wallis (2007)
15 BAHRME Bosnia and Herzegonia – Croatia – Montenegro 42°33’32″N 18°26’15″E Dry Palmberg (2002)
16 BAHRRS Bosnia and Herzegonia – Croatia – Serbia 42°33’32″N 18°26’15″E Dry
17BAMERS Bosnia and Herzegonia – Montenegro – Serbia 44°51’21″N 19°01’20″E Wet
18BEDELUBelgium – Germany – Luxembourg 43°31’33″N 19°13’15″E WetHering (2001)
Krogh (2012)
Palmberg (2001)
19BEDENL Belgium – Germany – Netherlands 50°45’15″N 6°1’16″E DryHering (2001)
Palmberg (2001)
The Lady Travels (2016)
Wallis (2007)
20BEFRLU Belgium – France – Luxembourg 49°32’47″N 5°49’7″E WetHering (2001)
Palmberg (2001)
Wallis (2008)
21BGGRMK Bulgaria – Greece – Macedonia 41°20’19″N 22°55’39″E Dry Palmberg (2005)
22BGGRTR Bulgaria – Greece – Turkey 41°42’40″N 26°21’28″E DryPalmberg (2005)
23BGMKRS Bulgaria – Macedonia – Serbia 42°18’40″N 22°21’37″E Dry
24BGRORS Bulgaria – Romania – Serbia 44°12’55″N 22°40’23″E WetPalmberg (2005)
25BYLTLV Belarus – Lithuania- Latvia 55°40’50″N 26°37’49″E DryDeeleman (2015)
Hering (2003)
Krogh (2003)
Pamberg (2003)
Wallis (2007)
26BYLTPLBelarus – Lithuania – Poland 53°57’22″N 23°30’54,1″E WetDeeleman (2015)
Hering (2003)
Krogh (2003)
Pamberg (2003)
Wallis (2007)
27BYLVRUBelarus – Latvia – Russia 56°10’12″N 28°09’04″E WetDeeleman (2015)
Hering (2003)
Krogh (2003)
Pamberg (2003)
28BYPLUABelarus – Poland – Ukraine 51°30’29″N 23°37’04″E WetKrogh
29BYRUUABelarus – Russia – Ukraine 52°6’44″N 31°46’53″E DryKrogh (2012)
Pamberg (2008)
30CHDEFR France – Germany – Switzerland 47°35’23″N 07°35’20″E WetHering (2001)
Pamberg (1989) (2001)
31CHFRIT France – Italy – Switzerland 45°55’21″N 07°02’39″E Dry
32CZDEPLCzech Republic – Germany – Poland 50°52’14″N 14°49′ 24″E WetHering (2001)
Krogh (2012)
Palmberg (2001)
33CZPLSKCzech Republic – Poland – Slovakia 49°31’02″N 18°51’03″E BothKrogh (2012)
Palmberg (2002) (2009)
Wallis (2006)
34DEFRLUFrance – Germany – Luxembourg 49°28’10″N 6°22’6″E BothHering (2001)
Krogh (2003)
Palmberg (2001)
35EELVRUEstonia – Latvia – Russia 57°31’05″N 27°21’05″E WetDeeleman (2015)
Hering (2003)
Krogh (2003)
Palmberg (2003)
36FINORUFinland – Norway – Russia 69°03’07″N 28°55’44″E DryHering (2007)
Krogh (2012)
Palmberg (2012)
37FINOSEFinland – Norway – Sweden 69°03′35″N 
20°32′49″E
DryHering (2007)
Krogh
Palmberg (2004)
38HRHURS Croatia – Hungary – Serbia 45°55’18″N 18°53’24″E DryPalmberg (2002)
39HRHUSI Croatia – Hungary – Slovenia 46°28’09″N 16°36’37″E WetPalmberg (2002)
40HURORS Hungary – Romania – Serbia 46°7’35″N 20°15’51″E DryHering (2002)
Palmberg (2002) (2005)
41HUROUA Hungary – Romania – Ukraine 47°57’14″N 22°53’45″E WetHering (2002)
Palmberg (2002)
42HUSKUA Hungary – Slovakia – Ukraine 48°24’12″N 22°9’13″E WetHering (2002)
Palmberg (2002)
43KVMERS Kosovo – Montenegro – Serbia 42°15’46″N 21°35’13″E Dry
44KVMKRS Kosovo – Macedonia – Serbia 42°49’58″N 20°21’28″E Dry
45LTPLRULithuania – Poland – Russia 54°21’48″N 22°47’31″E DryDeeleman (2015)
Hering (2002)
Krogh (2011)
Palmberg (2002)
Wallis (2007)
46MDROUAn Moldova – Romania – Ukraine (north 48°13’37″N 26°37’47″E WetPalmberg (2008)
47MDROUAs Moldova – Romania – Ukraine (south) 45°28’1″N 28°12’37″E WetPalmberg (2008)
48PLSKUA Poland – Slovakia – Ukraine 49°5’17″N 22°33’56″E DryHering (2002)
Palmberg (2002)

Map of European Tripoints

Location of the European Tripoints by Type
Tripoint VISIT Classes
Class ATouched
Class BBasically there. Successful attempt to reach wet tripoint by wading, swimming or canoeing.
Class CWithin 500m, visible
Class DDistant. visible
Class ETripoint area visited but Tripoint not observed.
Source: Acroorca (2002) Published on Boundarypoint 12/07/2003.

My Tripoint Gallery (16 out of 48 visited so far)

The International Standard for country codes and codes for their subdivisions is  ISO 3166 this allocates a 2 letter designation to each country.  When identifying a tripoint it is necessary to collate the 3 country codes in alphabetical order, hence the tripoint between Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic becomes ATCZDE. The US and Canada often use 2 letters to denote states and provinces e.g. Alabama AL which is technically incorrect as all sub national territories according to ISO 3166 should have the initial 2 letter country designation followed by up to 3 further letters. Alabama ought therefore be US- AL. Delaware has the same 2 letter code as Germany: DE which has the potential for confusion.

Please click on the photos below to access the reports of my visits, or the red highlighted text above.

Tripoints 1-16

#10 ATCZDE
# 11 ATCZSK
#13 ATHUSK
#14 ATITSI

Tripoints 17-32

#18 BEDELU
#19 BEDENL
#20 BEFRLU
#25 BYLTLV
#26 BYLTPL
#29 BYRUUA
#32 CZDEPL

Tripoints 33-48

#33 CZPLSK
#34 DEFRLU
#41 HUROUA
#45 LTPLRU
#48 PLSKUA

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