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A: Water mill Frans

by Jan Mulder, 1.6 km away

Photo's taken on June 2, 2012.

Water mill Frans

B: In the chapel near land mark tree "Kroezeboom"

by Jan Mulder, 6.4 km away

This tree and chapel are a locally well known land mark. Photo's taken on October 1, 2011.

In the chapel near land mark tree "Kroezeboom"

C: Landmark tree "Kroezeboom"

by Jan Mulder, 6.4 km away

This tree and chapel are a locally well known land mark. Photo's taken on October 1, 2011.

Landmark tree "Kroezeboom"

D: Inside the windmill of Fleringen

by Jan Mulder, 7.7 km away

First built in 1821 by the Heer van Herinckhave, because the water mill near his castle got insuffice...

Inside the windmill of Fleringen

E: Windmill of Fleringen

by Jan Mulder, 7.7 km away

First built in 1821 by the Heer van Herinckhave, because the water mill near his castle got insuffice...

Windmill of Fleringen

F: Itterbecker-Heide

by Max Meier, 8.7 km away

Itterbecker-Heide

G: Draw bridge over the canal Almelo-Nordhorn.

by Jan Mulder, 9.2 km away

Draw bridge over the canal Almelo-Nordhorn. Photo's taken on October 1, 2011.

Draw bridge over the canal Almelo-Nordhorn.

H: Het Kanaal Almelo-Nordhorn

by André Wolff www.andrewolff.nl, 11.1 km away

Between Almelo in the Netherlands and in Nordhorn  in Germany runs this channel. It is 37 kilometers ...

Het Kanaal Almelo-Nordhorn

I: Het Tolhuis aan de Gravenallee in Almelo

by André Wolff www.andrewolff.nl, 13.0 km away

Panorama near the Toll-House in the Gravenallee east of the town Almelo in the Netherlands. This 3 km...

Het Tolhuis aan de Gravenallee in Almelo

J: Panorama of the Gravenallee in Almelo

by André Wolff www.andrewolff.nl, 13.5 km away

Panorama of the Gravenallee east of the town Almelo in the Netherlands. This 3 km long road starts at...

Panorama of the Gravenallee in Almelo

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, Europe

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