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Drielandenpunt: Stepping Into Germany, Netherlands & Belgium At Once

Replicate the "A Walk To Remember" scene where you can be in several countries at once.

Contributed by Tiger Wanders

In the movie “A Walk to Remember”, I liked the part where Landon Carter asked Jamie Sullivan to stand on a street and told her that they were at 2 places at the same time. I thought it was cool and need to experience it also.

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Europe has lots of borders like Italy and France or Germany and Poland. I searched for places where I can be at two places at once. I found out that some border points are on top of the mountain or are too far from the places I’ll visit.

Luckily, a Couchsurfer friend told me to visit him in Maastricht, Netherlands before heading to Holland to see the tulip fields.

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At first, I was hesitant to go because I wanted to spend more time in Belgium but when he said that he can take me to Vaalsburg where I can be in three countries at the same time; I changed my itinerary right away and included Maastricht.

Maastricht is 40 minutes away from Vaalsburg. I’m happy that I was able to squeeze my itinerary and went to the tripoint.

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Flags of Germany, Netherlands and Belgium

Tripoint is where the three borders meet. The place in Vaalsburg is called Drielandenpunt or three-country point in Dutch, Dreiländereck in German and Trois Frontières in French. It is where Netherlands, Belgium and Germany meet. There’s a big marker with engraved letters NI (Netherlands), B (Belgium), D (Germany) and three flags behind it.

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“A Stand to Remember” with Luca and Nicol
explore, travel, drielandenpunt: stepping into germany, netherlands & belgium at once
explore, travel, drielandenpunt: stepping into germany, netherlands & belgium at once

Near the tripoint, you can also climb a 50-metre high tower called Baudouin Tower; you can see a panoramic view of the three countries. The entrance fee is €3.50.

explore, travel, drielandenpunt: stepping into germany, netherlands & belgium at once
explore, travel, drielandenpunt: stepping into germany, netherlands & belgium at once
explore, travel, drielandenpunt: stepping into germany, netherlands & belgium at once
explore, travel, drielandenpunt: stepping into germany, netherlands & belgium at once

Aside from climbing the tower, you can also visit the Labyrint Drielandenpunt

explore, travel, drielandenpunt: stepping into germany, netherlands & belgium at once

Here’s a short video I took from the tower where you can see Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.

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