Estonia - Russia III, Saatse



From the Lutepää road to Saatse it's only a few kilometers. You can approach the border quite close here by car, so it was an attractive place to go for me. Besides that, there is a small bordercrossing.
First I visited the area near the Saatse museum that is close to the border, after that the small border crossing "Saatse Piiripunkt" and then the area north west of Saatse.

III-1 20140407 Shed on Russian side
When I arrived at the Saatse Museum at 18:30, it was closed. However I could take the path through the garden to reach the border. After a five minutes'walk I reached the border. The first thing I saw was a little shed on the Russian side. No one there.
III-1 20140407 Borderpole 407
It's a bit hilly here and I had to go up to reach this border pole. Although it's a single Russian border pole like I found also further up north, there is also a small wooden pole on the Estonian side containing '407'. Also between the Russian pole and Estonion pole there is a long small stick. This must be the fixed border point! Both these sticks looked rather new, I guess they are the first and intermediate results of the demarcation of the Estonian border. Next step will be real borderpoints and real Estonian border markers.
I have to come back once more to see that.
III-1 20140407 Down to 408
A bit hilly here. Beautifull place in the evening sun. A very small path is leading to the next border pole.
III-1 20140407 Borderpole 408
The border makes a 60 degrees angle here. No sandstrip, no clear indication of any no-go zone. Just the evening sun!
However notice (also on the next pictures) that there is a fence on the Russian side at the edge of the wood.
III-1 20140407 Borderpole 409
As you see, also a long small stick on the border and a temporary Estonian border pole.
It's really nice here!
III-1 20140407 Sand strip between 410 and 411
From 409 I walked back to my car and then drove to the bordercrossing. From there I walked back tot 411, so I missed 410.
Never mind, it's a straight line with a nice small sand strip. Also on the Russian side there seems to be a sand strip or an inspection road.
III-1 20140407 Borderpole 411
This one is located about 200 meters from the Saatse piiripunkt.
III-1 20140407 Borderpole 412
Also close to the border crossing. A small path follows the border. Lots of traces of the patroling border guards. But none of them here now.
III-1 20140407 Borderpole 413
Now I'm really close to the border crossing.
III-1 20140407 Borderpole 413
To avoid misunderstandings and unconsious illegal border crossings, the Estonians took some measures. Warning signs and barrier tape close to the road.
III-1 20140407 Saatse piiripunkt
Although the border crossing is closed, there are some Estonian cars parked here. No one was in. What would they do there?
The border goes right on the right side of the road. It crosses the road about one hundred meters further.
III-1 20140407 Saatse piiripunkt
Really a small border crossing. I guess it's only usable for local people. In earlier days it was only open for pedestrians, but it looks like cars are welcome now as well. At least, there is a road.
On the background, some small offices and a hugh communication mast.
III-1 20140407 Saatse piiripunkt
It's a pity it's closed now. I'd like to take some more pictures.
Next time.
III-1 20140407 Holiday Home
It was not possible to follow the border easily because of the unaccesable area at the border crossing. I drove a few kilometers up to pick up the borderline again. I started near border pole 422 where I saw this little Russian home just over the border. It looks like a holiday home but why so close to the border?
Some one was at home as you may see. A strange place for a holiday home...
I was told once that the Russians made a 'no go zone' of about one kilometer towards the border. I don't think they apply it here.
III-1 20140407 Borderpole 422
This border pole was a bit hidden behind the high plants but I could get it on the picture rather well. The old rusty Russian fence is close behind it.
III-1 20140407 plankier
The area seems a bit swampy here, that's why they constructed duckboards to inspect the border.
A clear look at the Russian fence. I read that the Estonians have plans to build a fence between Estonia and Russia, but not everywhere there is a strong need for that.
III-1 20140407 Watchtower
Between 422 and 423 there is a Russian watchtower. Here I just passed it. It looks very old and it's not clear if it's still in use.
III-1 20140407 Borderpole 423
Close to the watchtower.
III-1 20140407 Borderpole 423A
This is interesting. In Estonia there will be a border marker 423A, although there is no Russian equivalent.
Again a Russian home or shed close to the border.
III-1 20140407 strip
A look at the sand strip. Small but well maintained.
III-1 20140407 Russian houses near the border
Between 423A and 424 I saw again some Russian houses. It looks they are inhabited.
III-1 20140407 Borderpole 424
Last picture here. Borer pole 424. Lik all the rest. After visiting this area I drove to my hotel near Misso on the E77. It took me about 90 minutes on mainly sandy and dusty roads. No traffic, only few small villages...

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