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A: Naarn

by Stefan Mayrhofer, 3.6 km away

Naarn

B: Grein, Stadtplatz

by Roberto Scavino, 8.4 km away

Grein, Stadtplatz

C: Hauptplatz Amstetten

by Wolf Dieter Haselsteiner, 13.7 km away

Der Hauptplatz von Amstetten mit dem Wahrzeichen Amstettens, dem Passauer Wolf.

Hauptplatz Amstetten

D: Bezirkshauptmannschaft Amstetten

by Wolf Dieter Haselsteiner, 13.7 km away

Bezirkshauptmannschaft Amstetten

E: Ostarrichi high school

by Wolf Dieter Haselsteiner, 14.2 km away

The Ostarrichi Gymnasium in Amstetten, Austria.

Ostarrichi high school

F: Alexander Meissnerstrasze

by Wolf Dieter Haselsteiner, 14.3 km away

Eine Straßenszene

Alexander Meissnerstrasze

G: Drehscheibe und Lokschuppen am Bahnhof Amstetten

by Wolf Dieter Haselsteiner, 14.4 km away

Der Rundschuppen der ÖBB am Bahnhof Amstetten. Aufgenommen von der Drehscheibe.

Drehscheibe und Lokschuppen am Bahnhof Amstetten

H: Railwaybridge

by Wolf Dieter Haselsteiner, 14.7 km away

A bridge for pedestrians over the railway in Amstetten, Austria.

Railwaybridge

I: Vor der Kirche St. Marien

by Wolf Dieter Haselsteiner, 14.8 km away

http://www.pfarre-stmarien.at/

Vor der Kirche St. Marien

J: Ostarrichi-Kaserne

by Wolf Dieter Haselsteiner, 17.1 km away

Der Spatenstich für die Ostarrichi-Kaserne erfolgte im Herbst 1979. Verzögerten anfangs noch schlecht...

Ostarrichi-Kaserne

This panorama was taken in Upper Austria, Europe

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