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Monastery Fischingen Switzerland Entrance

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A: Monastery Fischingen Switzerland Garden

by Fritz Dallenbach, 30 meters away

Monastery Fischingen Switzerland Garden

B: Fischingen monastery courtyard

by Fritz Dallenbach, 50 meters away

Fischingen monastery courtyard

C: Feietbach Giesse

by Martin Maag, 6.3 km away

Feietbach Giesse

D: The Train to Rüti ZH arrives in Steg ZH

by Fritz Hanke, 7.0 km away

We made a nice hike from Atzmännig Hintergoldingen up to the Schindelberg. After lunch we went on tow...

The Train to Rüti ZH arrives in Steg ZH

E: Challer Theatre, Wil, Switzerland

by Graham Ord, 8.8 km away

Wil, Switzerland is a beautiful old city.  I have visited it twice and I really enjoy walking around ...

Challer Theatre, Wil, Switzerland

F: Vordere Strahlegg

by Fritz Hanke, 9.5 km away

We made a nice hike from Atzmännig Hintergoldingen up to the Schindelberg. After lunch we went on tow...

Vordere Strahlegg

G: Between Schindelberg and Strahlegg 2

by Fritz Hanke, 9.9 km away

We made a nice hike from Atzmännig Hintergoldingen up to the Schindelberg. After lunch we went on tow...

Between Schindelberg and Strahlegg 2

H: 2013 05 Ferenwaltsberg

by Martin Maag, 10.5 km away

2013 05 Ferenwaltsberg

I: Baeretswil Klingenbach

by Martin Maag, 10.6 km away

Baeretswil Klingenbach

J: Baeretswil Klingenbach

by Martin Maag, 10.6 km away

Baeretswil Klingenbach

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, Europe

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Text by Steve Smith.

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