Appartement on 36th floor
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Appartement on 36th floor

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A: Montevideo, view from the window (36th floor)

od Hans Klop, 10 meters away

Apartement on the 36th floor with a nice view over the river Maas

Montevideo, view from the window (36th floor)

B: Hotel New York Rotterdam

od Henk van den Berg, 80 meters away

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od René van Gageldonk, 80 meters away

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D: Norwegian Epic - 02

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od Martijn Oorthuis, 100 meters away

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F: Pedestrian Bridge Rotterdam

od Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 120 meters away

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G: Rotterdam Hotel New York and Water Taxi

od Henk van den Berg, 120 meters away

Rotterdam Hotel New York and Water Taxi

H: Rotterdam, Kop van Zuid

od René van Gageldonk, 130 meters away

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I: Rotterdam Kop van Zuid-2

od René van Gageldonk, 140 meters away

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J: Rotterdam Hotel New York

od Henk van den Berg, 150 meters away

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