Aachen and “Three-Country Point”
It is more than 2 years that I am living in Aachen as a student. Geographically, Aachen is the westernmost city of Germany, located along its borders with Belgium and the Netherlands. The position of Aachen in the middle of Europe is a great place to live for those who like to travel and find interesting places to visit. One of these places is the “Three-Country Point” or “Dreiländerpunkt (In German)” which is a well-known tourist attraction and known as one of the famous Triple point areas all over the world. The point that border of Germany-Belgium-Netherlands comes together.
“Three-Country Point” is located on Vaalserberg (“Mount Vaals”). Vaals is a city on southeastern part of the Netherlands and only 5 km (3.1 mi) west of the city center of Aachen. The normal city buses of Aachen running every couple of minutes to Vaals. You need to get off the bus near borders of Germany and the Netherlands and walk until you reach Vaalserberg. One of the interesting parts of this journey is when you walk through borders on foot. The position where these two countries are separated is interesting to see. There is just a line along with an empty security home. On either side of this line, cars, houses, shops etc. exist. In a way that some belongs to Germany and some belong to Netherlands.
You should walk for couple of minutes to the highest point of Vaalserberg to visit each of these countries from there. There is a tower offering a grand panorama of the surrounding landscape there. You can go to the roof of this tower, which is 300 higher, and have a great view of all these three country at a same time. Additionally, there is a symbolic circle where three flags of these countries hanged and people do photography with them. That is a unique experience to be in three different countries and a specific point of time.