Laufen, Germany: Just across the river from Austria

by - 4/13/2023


Talk about international borders. Hailing from India, this might seem a very big deal. But not in Europe. Especially not in the European Union. You can walk across countries even more easily you can cross from Maharashtra to Karnataka. Yeah! And that experience became even more apparent when we stayed in Oberndorf, Austria. It's a tiny town on the Austrian German border. There is a bridge across the Salzach river and you cross it and land on German land!

There is a sad history associated with Laufen Oberndorf. Since these  two sister towns are separated just by a river, many families used to live across. So when this town got divided after the war, most of the families and friends were stranded as they landed up in different nations!

It's so bizarre how we decide differences. Anyways Laufen is a beautiful village with a big church and cute souvenir shops. We crossed the river through the bridge, entered Germany through this cute Bavarian town Laufen, strolled on the streets, brought croissant and ate them on the bank of the Salzach river, looking at Oberndorf, the Austrian sister. This is something which we may never be able to do and I am really grateful that I got the opportunity to witness such borderless borders in my life, up close and personal.

This post is a part of #BlogchatterA2Z 2023 

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  1. People close to each other ending up in two different countries is tragic indeed.

  2. Thank you for sharing such an amazing blog about Laufen, Germany. Your post beautifully captures the charm and history of this picturesque town, and your photos are simply breathtaking. I really appreciate your detailed insights about the town. Your blog has definitely sparked my wanderlust, and I can't wait to visit Laufen and experience its beauty firsthand.

  3. Your posts about these fairytale European towns are really so endearing. Loving them, and the photos evoke nostalgia about our own trips to Europe. Yearning to get back to these beautiful places. Have a great time.

  4. Bedabrata Chakraborty30 April 2023 at 22:03

    Laufen looks like a love story in pictures. I have tasted Bavarian chocolates but never came across someone who visited that region. Love the expression borderless borders.

  5. I really enjoyed reading your blog post about Laufen, Germany. The way you captured the beauty of the town through your vivid descriptions and stunning photographs was truly impressive. Your love for travel definitely shines through in your writing. Keep up the fantastic work!

  6. I loved reading your blog posts as You always provide detailed description with amazing pictures. Again loved reading about Laufen, Germany. The way you captured the essence of the town through some stunning photographs and the riteup was truly impressive. Kudos . Keep them coming.