Mysterious Crosses at Czech-German Borders

Cross at Trojmezi.  Photo:  Donald Judge

Photo:  Donald Judge

The borders between Germany and the Czech Republic, in an area called Trojmezi (“Three Borders”).  Trojmezi got its name from the intersection of the borders of the former Kingdoms of Bohemia, Saxony and Bavaria. Eventually, people in the area all began to speak the same language.   This area offers mystery lovers a unique experience because within the border crossings, mysterious crosses with unknown origins have been found.

After the end of World War II, the area became heavily guarded, and people on the Czech side of the border were forcibly removed from their homes as a result.  From that point on, no one was allowed to cross the border.  Today, however, visitors and descendants are returning to Trojmezi to revisit memories and uncover secrets that it holds; most prominently is the mystery behind the three crosses. These crosses are only a few hundred meters apart, but each cross is placed in separate bordering countries.

The cross on the Czech side of the border is made of granite and is more than a meter high, and is found near the village of Trojmezi. It is close to an old and decaying bridge, where the demolished town of Kaiserhammer once stood prior to the end of World War II.

The second cross is found in Bavaria. It is 80 centimeters tall and due to heavy damage, the limbs are barely noticeable. It used to be found near the road that led to the small village of Mittelhammer. This road used to allow people to attend church in Saxony, but after World War II carved up Germany into East and West, the road was closed off and could no longer be used. The cross was very close to barbed wire, so in 1980, it was moved closer to Nentschau, about 1.2 km from Trojmezi.

If tourists begin in Mittelhammer, they’ll have no problem locating the third cross today. The cross stands in front of a church in the village of Posseck, which would have been impossible to get to years because of the communist regime. Before communism fell, the area was heavily guarded, as it was located on the border with Germany. This cross is 1.65 meters high and has been dated to 1779.

The dates of the crosses are the only thing people know for sure.   But many speculate about the location of each cross and the stories that surround each grave.

About the Author

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Doug Arnold is a Canadian-born Australian living in Brisbane.  His love of travel has inspired his other passion of cooking exotic-tasting meals from many different countries. He shares these recipes on his Youtube cooking channel, “Just Eat It” with best mate, Jason. Together, they are famous (well, infamous maybe!) around Brisbane as the Two Aussie Dads.

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