Sailing in Giethoorn
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Sailing in Giethoorn

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Eight friends in a little boat: Sailing away through the reeds in National Park 'Weerribben-Wieden' in the northern part of The Netherlands on a sunny day.

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A: Giethoorn

od www.Kugelklick.de, 1.8 km daleko

Giethoorn

B: Giethoorn Holland

od Albert Brunsting, 1.9 km daleko

Giethoorn Holland

C: Giethoorn Cafe Fanfare

od Albert Brunsting, 1.9 km daleko

Giethoorn Holland, in front of Cafe Fanfare, the place where many scenes were shot for Dutch cineast ...

Giethoorn Cafe Fanfare

D: Giethoorn

od Erwin Maassen, 2.0 km daleko

Giethoorn

E:

od Caspar Vedral, 3.5 km daleko

F: Watersport camping de Bolder in Wanneperveen

od Rolf Bieze, 4.0 km daleko

Height 360° panorama from Watersport camping de Bolder in Wanneperveen. The picture is taken at aroun...

Watersport camping de Bolder in Wanneperveen

H: Flowering Potatoefield Meppel

od Albert Brunsting, 6.7 km daleko

Flowering potatoefield near Meppel

Flowering Potatoefield Meppel

I: Vijver Pond Haakswold Meppel

od Albert Brunsting, 6.7 km daleko

Vijver Pond Haakswold Meppel

J: Haakswold Meppel Holland

od Albert Brunsting, 6.7 km daleko

Haakswold Meppel Holland

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