The Gendarm Path

The Gendarm Path is named for the former guards who patrolled the border between Denmark and Germany for many years, and monitored shipping along the coast. The path was patrolled on foot, and each guard had a designated area. The route was comprised of some existing paths to which new extensions across private property were added to complete the present Gendarm Path.

The border guards patrolled the present border from Reunification in 1920 until 1958. The area is now under police jurisdiction.
It is possible to follow the marked path from Padborg to Høruphav ? a wonderful nature walk with a length of app. 74 km.
The path leads through forest and fields, and along the water?s edge, passing historic sights along the way.

The County of Southern Jutland has published a folder on the Gendarm Path in Danish and German. Its excellent maps can, however, be used by everyone. The folder is available at the tourist bureau.

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