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Travelling is restricted, many people limit themselves to holidays in their own country or one-day excursions.

There has been an official concept of a "German tip pass" since the year 2000. The northern-, southern-, western- and easternmost municipalities of Germany have issued a pass in which to collect the respective local stamp, and if you managed to visit all four places within four years (extended to five due to corona) and stay there for at least one night, you get a parcel with the respective local products.
The disadvantage is that you have to travel more than 2700 kms to manage that.
I decided to limit the procedure to the four corners not of Germany but of my home land, Rhineland-Palatinate.

This is the northernmost point of Rhineland-Palatinate, situated on the same latitude like Cologne centre. The place is situated on the edge of a dense forest near the village of Friesenhagen and was extremely difficult to find. Its coordinates are 50 56' 32.3" N, 7 47' 33.7" E. There are 222 km to the southernmost point on the French border as the crow flies.

Hadn't it been for the yellow sign, I would have missed the border stone, and I must admit that I was astonished to find any additional marking at all.

The inscription says that from 1815 on, this was the northernmost point of Rhineland-Palatinate as well as of Kreis Altenkirchen. Which is nonsense: Rhineland-Palatinate did not come into existence before 1946.

What you see beyond the marker is Northrhine-Westphalia. Not worth mentioning from this POV...

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