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(12) - Kreis Kleve (Lower Rhine County)

The northernmost area of the 'District Kleve' has always been a borderland and people and ground have been moving from one province or country to the other frequently over the last centuries. In 1963 the final borderline was confirmed.

   Wyler/Wijler:
no more border patrol, you can cross the State Boundary without formalities nowadays.
  Abandoned border-check-point house. It meanwhile hosts a newspaper and lotery shop by the way.
  Wyler/Kranenburg: border check-point for vehicles and customs clearance section: abandoned since the Schengen-Treaty of 1996.
   Bilingual street signs and announcements can often be found in the German Kleve-area, although Dutch-language has no official status here.
  Long distance street sign posting in the Lower Rhine county: most places have names of Dutch or Low German origin.
   Kranenburg (DE)

bilingual text on the window of this snack-shop.


BK 17. September 2000

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