Walking across the Bastei Bridge is sure to cause geographic confusion. The bridge itself runs along the Bastei ridge, a natural rock formation in Germany. However, the region is in an area of Germany called Saxon Switzerland – almost one thousand kilometers away from Switzerland!
Walk a distance over the bridge, and you will find yourself in Bohemian Switzerland, which, confusedly, happens to be in The Czech Republic! The Bastei trails lead between the borders of Germany and The Czech Republic, very far away from anything Swiss. The bridge draws thousands of tourists a year.
Deforestation and illegal trade in South America combine to form a gloomy picture of the Brazilian and Bolivian biodiversity. On the Brazilian side of the border, the Amazonian rainforest remains lush, while the Bolivian side is quickly disappearing.
Bolivia has struggled to allocate resources to keep the illegal logging cartels under control, and bands of “wood pirates,” as they have come to be known in the small South American country, raid the unmonitored forests. The rare and expensive wood is shipped, and coca trees are planted in their stead to fuel the illegal trade.
Christ the Border Redeemer
Standing at one hundred feet high and ninety feet across, Brazil's colossal “Christ the Redeemer” statue is an international icon. Argentina and Chile followed the divine inspiration and erected a statue called “Christ the Redeemer of the Andes,” albeit at a smaller scale. It may be smaller, but it stands at an impressive thirteen meters high.
The symbolic statue represents the peace accords reached between Argentina and Chile at the turn of the twentieth century. The statue’s journey to its final station at twelve thousand feet in the Andes was a logistical feat.
The Victoria Falls
The Zambezi river in Africa crashes into one of the most spectacular waterfalls on earth: Victoria Falls. The place is known locally by the far cooler sounding name of “Mosi-oa-Tunya," translated as “The Smoke That Thunders.” The waterfall is the largest on earth, measuring a phenomenal two kilometers in width.
Due to this length, the waterfall stretches across the southern African countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia. With the advent of British colonization, railway roads and bridges were constructed to and around the falls, which garnered an international reputation – one that still thrives in the modern age.
Nova Gorica Railway Station
The World Wars in Europe did a number on borders. The presently named “Nova Gorica Railway Station” opened in 1906 in what was then the kingdom of Austria. After the First World War resulted in borders being redrawn, Italy claimed the railway station as its own, changing its name from “Görz Staatsbahnhof” to the much more Italian “Stazione di Gorizia Nord.”
Currently, the station is now in Slovenia! The square in front of the station crosses between the Slovenian and Italian border, with the station itself facing Italy.