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In the far north of Germany the Flensburg Fjord, occasionally known as the Flensburg Firth, forms part of the border between Germany to the south and Denmark to the north stretching 50 kilometers into the Baltic Sea. Following its path starting from Flensburg, steep coast lines, wooded areas and fields trim the water’s edge until the Fjord opens out into an almost infinite horizon to the Baltic Sea. This region is particularly interesting from a cultural-historical point of view. The German-Danish border has been shifted again and again, and it did not reach its final position until 1920 when South Jutland was reunified with Denmark. The Danish gendarmerie built a system of pathways close to the new border and patrolled them. The boundary is marked with stones that on one side have DR,P engraved on them, which stands for Deutsches Reich, Prussia.
In 1988, the South Jutland County realized the potential of the gendarme pathways. Not as paths defining the Danish-German border, but as a fantastic chance to explore the countryside. The county therefore began re-establishing selected parts of the gendarme pathways. Today, you can follow in the gendarmes' footsteps from Padborg to Hřruphav on South Als - a route that covers 74 kilometers.

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