|The French town of Lauterbourg
is situated in the most northeastern part of
France near the German border: on the German side a small
village with the same name can be found, yet with the
prefix "New" namely : Neulauterburg.
2500 inhabitants / altitude : 630
Borough Berg, Kreis Germersheim
Arrival on the French side: we have just left Germany.
looking back on the main road towards Germany.
View towards German Neulauterburg from the French side.
one last advertisement billboard of a known French Hypermarché chain and we enter German territory.
The city boundary also is the state boundary: in the background on the right side, a few German (yellow) street boards can be spotted.
Arrival on the German side: observe the little former customs border patrol house, now out of service.
|We have left Lauterbourg/Neulauterburg en went eastwards to the Rhine, where we find the international bycycle path from Basle (Switzerland) to Mainz (Germany)|
|Direction north: we are approaching the invisible border.|
|Along the bycycle path: the Rhine on the right: the state boundary is situated in the middle of the broad river.|
|An old stone along the way: indicating 5.5 miles to Lauterbourg.|
|Detail: street board
for cyclists: to Germany or to the French hinterland?
But what if you don't know that "Mayence" actually is the French translation of German town Mainz ??
|Detail: street board for cyclists.|
BK October 2001
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