Borders Borders Borders

This website presents [in reversed chronological visiting order] some of my favourite borders and border areas [other than tripoints]. Some of the border areas are so-called enclaves.

Most of the material originates from the websites
Border Zone Europe and Border Zone Asia. Photographs (c) Rolf Palmberg [1982-2013]. Contact page: www.rolfpalmberg.fi.

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La Cure – a divided village [2013]

The first photo shows the Swiss entrance to the Hotel Arbez Franco-Suisse in the village of La Cure, divided as indicated by the yellow line. The second photo shows the [French] entrance to a divided bar, whereas the third photo shows the border marker seen on the right of the blue waste bin in the previous photo.


A shopping mall [almost] on the border [2012]

The first photo shows ‘Border Street’ and the border between Finland [on the right] and Sweden [on the left] at Tornio/Haparanda. The building on the right is a Finnish shopping mall called ‘On the border’. The second photo shows the Border Street entrance to the mall.


Nicosia – the divided capital of Cyprus – Part IV [2011]

The Lokmaci checkpoint in the Turkish Cypriot sector.


Ricciolo d’Italia [2009]

This unusual border area between Italy and Vatican City is called Ricciolo d’Italia [see maps]. As a tourist, you can enter the Vatican post office only from Italian territory. Similarly, if you want to go to a Vatican toilet from St Peter’s Square you have to cross foreign territory and indeed, maybe even have to queue abroad.


Nicosia – the divided capital of Cyprus – Part III [2008]

The first two photos show the newly opened Ledra Street checkpoint in the Greek Cypriot sector and the UN Buffer Zone; the third photo shows the Lokmaci checkpoint in the Turkish Cypriot sector.


Nahwa – an Arabian counter-enclave [2007]

The village of Nahwa is part of the United Arab Emirates but it is completely surrounded by foreign territory, the Omani territory of Madha [see map]. Madha, in turn, is completely surrounded by UAE territory. Nahwa, to put it differently, is an enclave inside another enclave: a so-called counter-enclave.

The first photo shows a ‘Welcome to Nahwa’ sign and the second photo the UAE-Omani border marker at Madha/Nahwa. The third photo shows the Nahwa police out-post by the border.


Panmunjom Joint Security Area [2006]

The first photo shows two UN conference buildings that straddle the Military Demarcation Line and the North Korean Panmun-gak Pavilion in the background. The second photo shows a South Korean UN guard and two North Korean checkpoints.


Nicosia – the divided capital of Cyprus – Part II [2006]

The first photo shows the Ledra Street UN observation post in the Greek Cypriot sector; the second photo shows the UN Buffer Zone and the Ledra Street UN observation post as seen from the Turkish Cypriot sector.


Gibraltar [2005]

The first photo shows Gibraltar airport runway, the border with Spain, and the Spanish town of La Linea. The second photo shows the eastern end of the airport runway and part of La Linea.


Famagusta’s Varosha district [2005]

The first photo [taken in 1999] shows Famagusta beach and the ‘ghost town’ of Varosha viewed from the sea east of the Turkish Cypriot town of Famagusta. The second photo [taken from Palm Beach Hotel] shows Famagusta beach with a Turkish border post and Varosha in the background. The third photo shows part of the barbed wire border fence that separates Famagusta beach from the closed Varosha hotel area.


The divided railway square in Gorizia/Nova Gorica [2005]

The first photo shows the divided railway square in the divided Italian-Slovenian town of Gorizia/Nova Gorica [photo taken from the railway station on Slovenian territory]. The next three photos show the border between the two halves of the railway square, a border sign in the centre of the square, and one of four identical signs showing a map of the square.


The Turkish border at Pazarkule [2005]

The first photo shows the Turkish border station at Pazarkule. The second photo shows the Turkish-Greek border crossing at Pazarkule/Katanies. The third photo [taken from Turkish territory] shows the Turkish-Greek border zone south of Pazarkule, with a Greek road and minefields behind the border marker.


Golf across the border [2004]

Two photos from the divided Finnish-Swedish golf course at Tornio-Haparanda.


A suspension border bridge [2004]

The first photo shows the Finnish-Swedish suspension bridge that crosses the border river of Könkämäeno at Peera/Keinovuopio. The second photo shows the bridge and an information sign. Photos taken from the Finnish side of the river.


Kalin – a divided restaurant in a divided village [2003]

The first photo shows the entrance to restaurant Kalin in the divided village of Bregana. Most of the restaurant is in Slovenia, whereas its innermost part [photo two: the furthermost part of the house] is in Croatia. The front tyres of the car [in the second photo] are on the Croatian-Slovenian border. The third photo shows a border sign and the Croatian checkpoint in the background.


A divided garage in a divided town [2003]

The first photo shows a divided street in the divided Estonian-Latvian town of Valga/Valka. The two remaining photos show a divided private garage and the border painted on its walls.


A Bosnian-Croatian border bridge [2002]

The first photo shows the last building in the village of Gunja on the Croatian side of the Sava river and the border bridge leading to the Bosnian district of Brcko. The second photo shows Jesper Nielsen on the border bridge, about to enter Bosnian territory. The next two photos show two Bosnian signs welcoming you to the district of Brcko [and its customs office].


Baarle – enclaved complexity [2001]

The town of Baarle is located in the Netherlands. Parts of the town are Belgian and form the municipality of Baarle-Hertog; parts are Dutch and form the municipality of Baarle-Nassau. Baarle-Hertog comprises 22 [twenty-two] different enclaves that are all surrounded by Dutch territory, two of which have a single-point connection to each other. Baarle-Nassau comprises eight different enclaves, six of which are embodied in the central Baarle-Hertog enclave.

The first photo shows an ‘Entering Baarle’ sign; the second photo typical pavement border markers. The two remaining photos show two [of more than sixty!] divided buildings in Baarle: a private house and an off-licence shop.


The Vennbahn exclaves [2001]

The first photo shows a typical section of the Belgian [then] railway track [the Vennbahn; now a trackbed] that cuts into German territory five times between the German towns of Rötgen and Monschau, thus creating five German exclaves. The territory on both sides of the railway track is German, but the railway track itself and the trackbed is Belgian territory.

The second photo shows a section of the Belgian railway track above a road that leads from Germany proper to the German exclave of Mutzenich. The area under the railway track is also Belgian, but it cannot be visited without entering German territory.


The Mosel-Sauer-Our condominium [2001]

The Mosel-Sauer-Our border river is owned jointly by Germany and Luxembourg. The condominium also includes a couple of bridges and the tip of a small island that has no name. This sign on one of the bridges indicates the border between Luxembourg and jointly owned German-Luxembourg territory.


The Dominican Republic - Haiti [2001]

The Dominican-Haitian border at Dajabon/Quanaminthe.


Nicosia – the divided capital of Cyprus – Part I [1996]

The first photo shows the Ledra Street UN observation post in the Greek Cypriot sector; the second photo shows the UN Buffer Zone and the Turkish Cypriot sector as seen from the UN observation post.


The northernmost point of Thailand [1995]

The first photo shows Thailand's northernmost point in the northernmost Thai town, Mae Sai [with a Myanmar temple in the background]. The second photo shows the river Nam Mae Sai and the border bridge between the Myanmar town of Tachileik [aka "The City of Golden Triangle"] and Mae Sai.


A Tex-Mex border bridge [1992]

Border bridge joining the city of El Paso, Texas, and the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez. Photos taken from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande river.


Portas do Cerco [1990]

The Barrier Gate between the [then Portuguese] city of Macau and the Chinese city of Zhuhai.


Berlin [1982]

The Checkpoint Charlie border crossing and the Berlin Wall at Bernauer Strasse.


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