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Okay, we live in one united Europe, and from Amsterdam (Holland) to Cologne (Germany) it's less than 3 hours by train, but still it seems very far away: other language, currency, different architecture and other way of life.
Nowadays you can cross most West European borders without any passport or customs control, but still it's obvious to see: you enter foreign territory.
Sure, somewhere must be the border. So what's it like living at the State Frontier? Imagine your neighbour on the opposite side of the street, 100 yards from your own front-door, lives in another country, speaks another language you don't understand, and receives totally different channels on Cable?
Impossible? Well, the state boundary does not always follows rivers, forests or uninhabited area; no, sometimes it virtually runs through your back-yard. Have a look at this...
April 2008: Internal Mexican State border (No. 66)
May 2008: Dutch-Belgian border (No. 22)
May 2009: San Marino (No. 55)
Sept. 2009: German-Belgian border (No. 45)
|Note: Internet use has changed
during the years.
When this site was started, 14 monitors and analog 56 kbps modems were standard. Space at host (in GB) was on the small side.
Today DSL and 17" or 19" screens are common in many offices and homes. And more traffic on site is allowed.
The original photos however were taken with an analog camera and scanned manually. Quality and size may not be considered good from todays point of view. Pls. bear in mind that a lot pictures were taken years ago and hence are small and sometimes blurry.
New editions are taken with a digital camera and are bigger in size. Old pictures may be substituted where new digitals versions are available.
The editor/Feb. 11th 2007
|a.) In the BeNeLux:|
|01||Vaals (NL) / Aachen (D)||Holland's southernmost town (07/29/00 )|
|02||Kerkrade (NL) / Herzogenrath||Where the main street is the border for 1 mile (07/2900)|
|03||Oeding||Border crossing in western Germany(10/26/2007)|
|04||'s-Heerenberg/Emmerich||Abandoned border check-point facilities (12/16/2000)|
|05||Dinxperlo / Suderwick||Dutch-German bordertown (07/29/00)|
|06||Nordhorn/Denekamp||Bordercrossing before and after Schengen Treaty|
|07||Putte (NL) / Putte (B)||Dutch-Belgian bordervillage ( 07/29/00)|
|08||Baarle Nassau - Hertog||Staying in two States at the same time (07/29/00)|
|09||Various pictures||...along the Dutch/Belgian/French/Luxemb. borders|
|10||Landgraaf (NL)||South Limburg Dutch border town. (05/14/2003)|
|11||Essen (Antw.) + Strijbeek (Breda)||Border village + -crossing in 'Antwerp Province' (03/12/00) (04/16/2001)|
|12||LowerRhine county: Kleve area||Where two cultures and peoples meet|
|13||LowerRhine county: Elten area||Former Dutch, now German village and its surroundings.|
|LowerRhine county: near Spyk||Near Spyk and Lobith on the Rhine: border-country|
|15||Around Venlo (NL)||Border crossings around Dutch town of Venlo. (01/18/2005)|
|16||Enschede (NL)||Quarter 'Glanerbrug' divided by the frontier (04/11/01)|
|17||Selfkant incl. Millen (DE/NL)||Germany's westernmost borough (02/03/2003) NEW PHOTOS Oct. 2007!!!|
|18||Hebelermeer (D) / Zwartmeer (NL)||Border crossing in the rural Emsland county (02/12/2004)|
|19||Rütenbrock (D) / Ter Apel (NL)||Border crossing in the rural Emsland county (06/12/2004)|
|20||Nieuweschans (NL)||Border crossing in the rural Reiderland county (04/18/2005)|
|21||Zwillbrock (D) / Zwilbroek (NL)||Border crossing in the western Münsterland county (06/11/2007)|
|22||Weert (NL) - Kessenich (B)||Dutch-Belgian border (05/04/2008)|
|extra||St. Maarten (NL) - St-Martin (F)||Where 'Holland' borders with France (07/20/2002)|
|BB||Wemperhardt||border crossing Malscheid and tripoint (04/14/2002)|
|CC||Remich||border bridge over the Mosel (11/11/2002)|
|DD||Mondorf(f)||Divided French-Luxemburg town (01/06/2003)|
|EE||Schmiede||Northernmost point of Luxembourg (10/27/2002)|
|FF||Schengen||At the meeting point of Luxemburg, Germany and France. (05/22/03)|
|GG||Rodange||In the south-westernmost corner of Luxemburg. (05/23/2005)|
|HH||River Sûre||Echternach and Bollendorf on the river Sûre (05/13/2004)|
|II||Wallendorf||Wallendorf/Germany and Wallendorf-Bridge in Luxemburg (07/01/2005)|
|c. Around Germany (excl. NL):|
|20||Around Passau (Danube)||The 'Bavarian'-Austrian border (03/26/2002)|
|21||Konstanz (D) -Kreuzlingen (CH)||Border City at Lake Constance (21.10.2000)|
|22||Büsingen + Jestetten (D)||German village on Swiss territory (21.10.2000)|
|23||German-Polish border (I)||Frankfurt/O. - Slubice: divided city (12.11.2000)|
|24||German-Polish border (II)||Guben - Gubin: divided city (12.11.2000)|
|25||German-Polish border (III)||Divided Island Usedom on Baltic shore (12.11.2000)|
|26||Strasbourg-Kehl on the Rhine||French, German and Alsatian culture mix (22.01.2001)|
|27||Lauterbourg - Neulauterburg||Along the river 'Lauter' in France and Germany|
|28||Scheibenhardt - Scheibenhard||French-German double village (26.10.2001)|
|29||Near Wissembourg (F)||On the French-German border (26.10.2001)|
|30||Around Southern Bavaria||Border in the Bavarian/Bohemian mountain range|
|31||Around Southern Bavaria||Border at the
railway station (26.03.2002)
Bayrisch Eisenstein (D) / Zelezná Ruda (CZ)
|32||Around Basle (CH)||The Rhine around Basle and the tripoint (10/04/02)|
|33||On the Rhine (I)||Rheinfelden: German-Swiss twin-town (07/27/2002)|
|34||On the Rhine (II)||Laufenburg: German-Swiss twin-town (07/20/2002)|
|35||German-Polish border (IV)||Görlitz (D) / Zgorzelec (PL) (19/06/2006)|
|36||German-Polish border (V)||Küstrin-Kietz (D) - Kostrzyn Odrz. (PL) (08/07/2002)|
|37||German-Polish border (VI)||near Eisenhüttenstadt (D) (01/25/2003)|
(D) + Petite Rosselle (F)
Rilch.-Hanweiler (D) + Saareguemines (F)
Kleinblittersdorf (D) + Grosbliederstroff (F)
|Borders in the Saarland state (08/25/2005)|
|39||Lindau (D) and Bregenz (A)||German-Austrian border at Lake Constance (09.06.2006)|
|40||German-Polish border (VII)||Zittau (D) and Ostritz (06/27/2006)|
|41||Bayerisch Gmain (D) and Grossgmain (A)||The 'Bavarian'-Austrian border (10/16/2007)|
|40||Bon Secours||"Border church" at Belgian-French post (07/29/00)|
|41||Stoubach (B) - Stupbach (D)||Divided village in the river Our valley (10/13/2002)|
|42||Erquelinnes - Jeumont||Belgian-French border-towns (07/24/2001)|
|43||Region Lille (F)||Comines (F)
- Comines/Komen (B) +
Waasten/Warneton (B) - Warneton (F) (11/04/2003)
|44||Region Lille (F)||Ploegsteert (B) / Armentières (F) (01/20/2003)|
|45 NEW||North of Eupen||German-Belgian border south of Aachen (20-Sep-2009)|
|46||Region Lille (F)||Neuville-en-Ferrain (F) - Mouscron (B) (under preparation)|
|47||Region Lille (F)||Wattrelos (F) - Mouscron (B) (under preparation)|
|48||Region Lille (F)||Leers (F) - Leers-North (B) (06/20/2003)|
|49||French coast (F)||Adinkerke (B) - Bray-Dunes (F) (11/22/2003)|
|e. Other European borders:|
|50||Komárom (H) - Komárno (SK)||Border city on the river Danube (06/09/2001)|
|51||near Menton F (Mentone)||French-Italian border on the Côte d'Azur (05/08/02)|
|52||Liechtenstein (FL)||Swiss and Austrian borders (05/20/2002)|
|53||South of Basle (CH)||Swiss tramway through French village (07/27/2002)|
|54||Lucelle (CH / FR )||Swiss-French village and an international road (05/31/03)|
|55||San Marino (RSM)||Enclave inside Italy (21-May-2009)|
|60||On the border||EU-speed limit information signs 04/11/2001 update 09/07/03|
|GIB||in Gibraltar||British-Spanish border on the Costa del Sol (22.11.2005)|
|63 reworked||around Germany||German internal tripoints. 08/25/2006|
|64||around Holland||Dutch internal tripoints 09/20/2001|
|65||Ulm/Neu Ulm||Border within Germany (Bavaria/Baden-Württemberg) 04/05/03|
|66||Mexico||Border between the states Sinaloa and Durango 04/29/08|
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