Discovering and photographing the unknown beauty of Europe
Borders between countries change in the course of centuries. The German – Danish border is no exception to this rule.
The biggest changes happened in the 19th and the 20th century. In the 19th century, Denmark was involved in a series of wars, the most important one being the Second Schleswig War of 1864. According to Wikipedia,
The Second Schleswig War (Danish: 2. Slesvigske Krig; German: Deutsch-Dänischer Krieg) was the second military conflict as a result of the Schleswig-Holstein Question. It began on 1 February 1864, when Prussian forces crossed the border into Schleswig. (…) The war ended on 30 October 1864, when the Treaty of Vienna caused Denmark’s cession of the Duchies of Schleswig, Holstein, and Saxe-Lauenburg to Prussia and Austria.
This meant that Denmark lost a considerable part of its territory. But half a century later, the situation changed again. Denmark stayed neutral during World War I, but the outcome of this war was favorable for the country. According to the Treaty of Versailles of 1919, Northern Schleswig returned to Denmark. This part is now known as South Jutland.
There are still traces to be found of the “old” border between Germany and Denmark (when South Jutland still belonged to Prussia and Austria). The Viking and I drove to Christiansfeld, consulted a tourist map and soon we were walking along this former border! I can imagine that the pictures don’t look fantastic, but it felt indeed special walking there.
Afterwards, we wondered whether in other towns and villages, we could find such remnants as well… Maybe a future project?
Here are the other pictures!