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Štrbské Pleso, High Tatras, Slovakia - hotel Crocus in winter

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A: Štrbské Pleso, High Tatras, Slovakia - centrum

by Skeyemap, s.r.o., 70 meters away

Štrbské Pleso, High Tatras, Slovakia - centrum

B: Štrbské Pleso, High Tatras, Slovakia - železničná stanica

by Skeyemap, s.r.o., 90 meters away

železničná stanica a stanica ozubnicovej dráhy na Štrbskom Plese

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D: High Tatras, Strbske Pleso - hotel Panorama in summer

by Skeyemap, s.r.o., 200 meters away

High Tatras, Strbske Pleso - hotel Panorama in summer

F: Štrbské Pleso, High Tatras, Slovakia - kostol

by Skeyemap, s.r.o., 310 meters away

Štrbské Pleso, High Tatras, Slovakia - kostol

G: Piano player

by jan kuckovsky, 330 meters away

Piano player

H: Strbske Pleso by pano3d

by Peter Molnar, 340 meters away

Strbske Pleso by pano3d

I: High Tatras,Strbske Pleso

by Sandor Veress, 360 meters away

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High Tatras,Strbske Pleso

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