If you remember the long boat St. Nikolaus that we saw two stops back, here you see a very different kind of boat traffic going across, rather than up and down, the Inn. It's the Innfähre Keifersfelden, the Inn River ferry between Kiefersfelden (on the Bavarian side toward which we're looking) and Eichelwang (on the Tirolean side on which we're standing). The sign with "216" means that we're 216 km upstream from the Inn's confluence with the Danube.

        It is attached to a cable hung across the Inn, so that ferryman can use the large rudder to let the river's current push the ferry from one side of the river to the other. Persons familiar with aviation and navigation lights will note the two flags on the ferry, with the red flag on the left.

        In 2008, passengers could cross for one euro, in a service running from 10 am to 5 pm from May 1 to October 14. Bicycles and baby carriages were included for free.

        In the lower picture, one can see the simple dock of the Innfähre Keifersfelden with its bumper of tires and, to the right, the somewhat more elaborate dock of the Inn Schiffahrt service in which the St. Nikolaus served. Passengers disembarking from the ferry had just left one nation and were entering another, and the absence of a passport control station is typical of the free and casual crossing of borders in that era.

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