Posts tagged ‘Laufen’

February 13, 2013

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by ada

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February 12, 2013

the place where Germany meets Austria

by ada

Do you remember the place where Germany meets Austria? Well, that’s not the only one. Germany and Austria share a border of 784 kilometers, with some beautiful spots, and I plan to explore as many of them as I can in my remaining few months in Salzburg.

The place where the river Salzach takes a turn and forms the peninsula the small German town of Laufen is located on is called Salzachschleife. The word “laufen” actually means “to run” in German, which is a funny name for a city, especially for such a sleepy little one, like this. There are two bridges linking the towns Oberndorf (Austria) and Laufen (Germany): the Salzachbrücke and the Europasteg.

This is the Salzachbrücke:

staatsbrücke

The German side:

Laufen from bridge

And the Austrian:

Oberndorf from bridge

And that’s the Salzach in both directions:

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While in Austria spring has already arrived…

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…in Germany somebody was greeting me personally with this huge capital A in the snow:

A

Maybe these German ducks?

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The other bridge, Europasteg with the Kalvarienberg-Kapelle in Oberndorf as seen from Germany:

Oberndorf

And the view of Laufen from the Totenberg in Austria:

Laufen oben

And finally, the Salzachschleife itself (inside of the circle is Germany, outside is Austria):

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Schleife

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