The borders of Belgium, Germany, and the Netherland meet at Dreilaender Punkt. Until 1920, it was a four country meeting point, with the country of Neutral Moresnet* also bordering this spot.
Historically, it was also a good point for smugglers to take advantage of lower priced good across the border. Many residents illegally smuggled small and large quantity of goods using the paths and trails in the area.Today, it’s a more family friendly destination – whew!
“I’ve stood in three countries at the same time!”
Along with giving you bragging rights to say “I’ve stood in three countries at the same time,” there are plenty of fun activities. Hike one of the many trails. Enjoy the free playgrounds. Go up the tower to get better views into the three countries. Take a photo near the stones marking each of the three current countries, and even the stone that marked Neutral Moresnet. Yep, it’s still there.
Seasonal activities include Europe’s largest labyrinth (for a small entrance fee, check the website for the dates and times), and a water playground.
There are even more varied activities for small groups, just be sure to plan in advance. The group activities range from archery and shooting to other competitions.
Note about the address
The address listed directs you to the labyrinth at the Dreilaender Punkt.
So, what’s the Neutral Moresnet anyway?
* Neutral Moresnet was a small country from 1818-1920 bordering Germany and Belgium. The territory is now fully in the Belgian city of Kelmis. There is a small museum in this city dedicated to the history of Neutral Moresnet http://www.moresnet.nl/english/museum_en.htm
Photo credit: Belle NRW
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