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A: Kerkruine in Bergen

by Emile Duijker, 30 meters away

Kerkruine in Bergen

B: Church in Bergen

by Emile Duijker, 50 meters away

Church in Bergen

C: flowerfields, dutch tulips

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 4.1 km away

flowerfields, dutch tulips

flowerfields, dutch tulips

D: white tulips

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 4.2 km away

white tulips

white tulips

E: Geestmerambacht Hdr

by Freddy Stapersma, 4.6 km away

Geestmerambacht Hdr

F: Bergen aan zee

by Emile Duijker, 4.9 km away

Bergen aan zee

G: geestmerambacht 2

by Freddy Stapersma, 5.2 km away

this image was used for a videclip from Andreas vollenweiderit was taken at geestmerambacht near Alkm...

geestmerambacht 2

H: Alkmaar: Waag at Night

by Felix Hagemann, 5.5 km away

A night view on the Waagplein (weigh place) in the centre of Alkmaar. The Waagplein is the location o...

Alkmaar: Waag at Night

I: Kooltuin canal, Alkmaar, old city centre

by Nicolai van der Smagt, 5.5 km away

Kooltuin canal in the old city centre of Alkmaar. This is one of the oldest canals of the city. The h...

Kooltuin canal, Alkmaar, old city centre

J: Warmenhuizen Cemetery

by Mark de Graaf, 6.3 km away

Warmenhuizen Cemetery

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