Kufstein Castle, Austria
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Kufstein Castle, Austria

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A: Old part of the town Kufstein, Austria

by Michael Pop, 70 meters away

Old part of the town Kufstein, Austria

B: Bridge over the Inn in Kufstein

by Michael Pop, 140 meters away

Bridge over the Inn in Kufstein

C: Kufstein

by Sorry, 680 meters away

Kufstein

D: List Denkmal

by Matthias Kunze, 1.1 km away

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E: König-Otto-Kapelle

by Alexander Jensko, 2.5 km away

Quite a surrealistic architecture. Built 1883 to commemorate the departure of the Bavarian Prince Ott...

König-Otto-Kapelle

F: Otto Kapelle

by Alexander Jensko, 2.5 km away

Quite a surrealistic piece of architecture. Built 1883 to commemorate the departure of the Bavarian P...

Otto Kapelle

G: Otto Kapelle 3

by Alexander Jensko, 2.5 km away

 Quite a surrealistic piece of architecture. Built 1883 to commemorate the departure of the Bavarian ...

Otto Kapelle 3

H: König-Otto-Kapelle

by Alexander Jensko, 2.5 km away

Quite a surrealistic architecture. Built 1883 to commemorate the departure of the Bavarian Prince Ott...

König-Otto-Kapelle

I: König-Otto-Kapelle

by Alexander Jensko, 2.5 km away

Quite a surrealistic architecture. Built 1883 to commemorate the departure of the Bavarian Prince Ott...

König-Otto-Kapelle

J: Kletterskulptur Kufstein

by Wolfgang Schlatter, 3.3 km away

Eine der besten Outdooranlagen in Österreich. Auch für Kinder gut geeignet, die entweder selber klett...

Kletterskulptur Kufstein

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