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Fernsteinsee

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Fernsteinsee, on the Fernpass. If you look carefully, you can see Paxo, the not-so-friendly swan, heading over on the lake to attack me.

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A: Castle Fernsteinsee

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B: Seebensee Lake

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C: Ehrwald park

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D: Karroester Alp

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E: Thaneller Summit in autumn - by Eder Robert

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F: Ehrwalder Alm, Austria

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I: Igloo Village Zugspitze

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This panorama was taken in Austria, Europe

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Text by Steve Smith.

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