Hauptplatz of Graz by night
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Hauptplatz of Graz by night

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A: Graz

by Sorry, less than 10 meters away

Graz

B: Graz Modern in the Old town

by Fritz Hanke, 100 meters away

Graz Modern in the Old Town.See also  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graz

Graz Modern in the Old town

C: View clock tower on Graz

by Zoltan Duray, 110 meters away

View clock tower on Graz

D: Graz 2009 Gasse

by Sebastian Reiser, 130 meters away

Graz 2009 Gasse

E: View of Graz

by Zoltan Duray, 130 meters away

View of Graz

F: Graz on top of a Shopping Mall

by Fritz Hanke, 140 meters away

On top of a shopping mall in the old town of Graz.See also  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graz

Graz on top of a Shopping Mall

G: Graz on top of a Shopping Mall

by Fritz Hanke, 140 meters away

On top of a shopping mall in the old town of Graz.See also  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graz

Graz on top of a Shopping Mall

H: Graz 2009 Landhaus

by Sebastian Reiser, 140 meters away

Graz 2009 Landhaus

I: Graz Herrengasse

by Fritz Hanke, 150 meters away

Here we are at the Herrengasse in the old town of Graz.See also  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graz

Graz Herrengasse

J: Graz Palais Inzaghi (Mehlplatz)

by Fritz Hanke, 160 meters away

Here we are at the Mehlplatz at the Palais Inzaghiu.See in German  http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palai...

Graz Palais Inzaghi (Mehlplatz)

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