All thanks to the Kirnitzsch, a small river that forms part of Germany’s border with the Czech Republic. The river changed course – to the advantage of the Germans.
The Kirnitzsch flows in the south-east of the German state of Saxony: last April, a German man noted that a small loop in the course of the Kirnitzsch no longer existed – on a stretch where the course of the river marks the border between both countries.
Most probably, the straightening happened as far back as 2013, when the area was last flooded. An oxbow is all that remains of the former riverbed. As a result, Germany has gained – and the Czech Republic has lost – an area of about 18 by 28 meters.