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View from the Castle Tower Ruine Haichenbach

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A: Boating on the Donau

by Hans Klop, 1.6 km away

A summer boat trip on the river Donau near Schlögen, Austria.The Donau takes a few sharp turns at thi...

Boating on the Donau

B: Obermuehl at Danube River

by Bernhard Vogl, 5.1 km away

Obermuehl at Danube River

C: St. Agatha, Steinhügel

by Erwin LEIMLEHNER, 5.5 km away

St. Agatha, Steinhügel

D: Small brook entering the mighty Donau

by Hans Klop, 6.3 km away

A small brook is entering the mighty river Donau.

Small brook entering the mighty Donau

E: Aschachtal

by Erwin LEIMLEHNER, 7.3 km away

Die Aschach fließt zwischen Waizenkirchen und Aschach, durch Wälder. Daneben verläuft die Aschachtal-...

Aschachtal

F: Reithbach im Aschachtal

by Erwin LEIMLEHNER, 8.2 km away

On a cold, sunny winterday I saw that frozen river in Aschachtal near Eferding in Upperaustria.Im Asc...

Reithbach im Aschachtal

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by Georg Thaler, 9.3 km away

H: Mayrhoferberg

by Georg Thaler, 9.3 km away

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Mayrhoferberg

I: Friends

by gagasignor, 10.2 km away

Friends

J: Donaublick Penzenstein

by Wolfgang Diesenreiter, 11.4 km away

View from Penzenstein to the municipiality Engelhartszell with the Abby Engelhartszell and the hydro-...

Donaublick Penzenstein

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