In the summer of 2023 I was on a holiday to the border area of Liechtenstein and Austria, together with Jules. During this holiday we wanted to visit both the tripoints CH-FL-AT and it just so happened I found some other border markers as well, which I will describe in this report.
The first nights of our trip we were based in Feldkirch, Austria. The first day, on July 20, 2023
we made a walk from Feldkirch to the northern tripoint CH-FL-AT. This tripoint is located in the middle of the Rhine. On the eastern bank there is border stone 135, the last stone exactly on the border of Liechtenstein and Austria. I found out later that there is a stone on the western bank as well (136), completely on Swiss territory. We didn't visit this stone.
There are two more stones close to the tripoint. 134 is on the foot of the dike embankment, 133 is on tope of the dike and has a diffeelrent appearance. I assume this is an older stone.
This road marking was also remarkable. It might not be related to the border directly, but will certainly have some land surveying purpose
After stone 133 the border starts to cross the flat Liechtensteinian countryside. It follows ditches (Graben) and is marked with quite a lot markers. The stones are usually combined with an iron pole, which makes it relatively easy to locate the stones. We didn't search for the stones between 108 and 133, but regularly saw the poles from a distance.
Between 108 - 133
Most of the border markers on this part of the border are double: there is one stone on the Austrian side and one stone on the Liechtenstein side. The stones 108 are on a nice rural border crossing. Some old signs can be found here as well.
Stone 107 is an example of a double stone with poles on both sides of the ditch. The Austrian pole is coloured red-white-red , the Liechtenstein pole is red and blue. I didn't cross the ditch and founs only the FL-stone. This one looks like an older stone as well.
Close by is stone 106. When I was there I assumes this would be a double stone as well, but later I found out the stonw on the other side of the ditch (with the FL-coloured pole) is actually stone 105.
The stones 104 and 103 were not visited by us from close by. We could easily see where they were though, thanks to the coloured poles. This makes it incredibly easy to find the border markers in this otherwise almost impossible landscape
Next up are stones 102 and 101. In both cases I only found the Austrian stone
Even with these poles it can be difficult to find the stones. I couldn't find stone 100.
Stone 99 was actually the first border stone of the FL/Ö border that I found. Here I did actually cross the ditch, but still couldn't find the stone in Liechtenstein
We skip some stones, later on our walk we passed stone 82/1. We were in a more foresty area, the fields lay behind us for now. Here I first found out that there are some additional stones as well on this border.
This pole was actually in between the in-between-stone 82/1 and stone 82
Stone 82 and 81 are directly next to this forest path.
This pole belongs to stone 80/1. It marks the place where the border starts following a cliff face, for over 1 kilometer. We had the path that followed the top od the cliff. There is also a path directly at the bottom, the Felsbandenweg
, which looks worthwhile as well.
After this we did not follow the border for a while. It continues through flat land again for a while untill it starts climbing the first proper "mountain". We started climbing this mountain one day later, on July 21, 2023
. Although it was a bit rainy this day we decided to walk this day according to our original schedule from Feldkirch towards the Gafadurahütte. The climb from Feldkirch up to the mountain was quite long, following a small path through a wet forest, climbing almost 1000 meters.
Here I discovered to my surprise that we reached stone 1 already. It appeared there are two ranges, the first range of stones from the Rhine towards the Mistelmark, the second range from the Mistelmark to the Naafkopf.
Directly next to the new stone 1 there is an old stone with several numbers written on it.
At the Mistelmark a southern range
of border markers continues in the direction of the Naafkopf.