AT20 a three country border visit

This expedition started and finished in Munich with with fellow IBRG members travelling from Denmark. The route maximised the opportunities to visit Enclaves, secondary tripoints, border crossings (road and rail) and to view border markers, some relatively new and some old. The trip was a fast moving 5 day trip visiting 3 countries, an enclave, crossing many borders and undertaking day hikes to get to more remote border areas.

I describe this expedition as an informal IBRG trip as it was in addition to the usual much larger annual trip (sadly curtailed due to Corona Virus border restrictions).

Participants: (Left to Right) Barry Arnold (UK), Peter Hering (AT) and Steen Schelde (DK)

Happy Border Enthusiasts at the secondary tripoint between Bayern/Salzburg and Tyrol.

Day One

My border friends arrived on the overnight train from Copenhagen and as arranged met me in Munich. I stayed at the Hotel Italia, close to the Hauptbahnhof. The adventure begins, with the journey to Kleinwalsertal & Oberstdorf. Kleinwalsertal is a beautiful valley situated within the Allgau Alps. Due to the mountains there is no road link with the rest of Vorarlberg and the only road link is to Germany. It is accessible only via Oberstdorf, Germany, to the north, and thus is an Austrian pene-exclave. There were two areas of focus on this visit, the bridge across the Schanztobel which marks the entrance to the exclave and as the Kleinwalsertal is almost completely surrounded by high mountains by taking Kesslerlift cable car to the Fellhorn ridge it was possible to explore the alpine border markers between Austria and Germany.

Austrian national and regional signs on entry to the exclave
Looking towards the Fellhorn summit. Can you spot the border.

Old border marker on the German side of the river.
Note the number – this is one in a series of markers between #161 and #162

More details of our Kleinwalsertal trip are available here. After the obligatory coffee and cakes we travelled to our second pene-exclave of our trip, Jungholz. Sadly on this trip we were not able to climb the Sorgschrofen (1636m), a mountain whose summit has almost mythical status within the border enthusiast community as it is one of the few verified quadripoints with 4 municipalities meeting at Border marker #110. Because of our schedule and shortness of time, we explored the 2 access roads to the exclave and explored a rural track hunting for more border markers.

German National Markers on the Bridge over the Mulhbach.
The border is clearly marked on the bridge and follows the middle of the stream.

More details of our Jungholz trip are available here. We stayed in the wonderful Landhaus Windrose.

Day Two