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Hotel Alef

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This is the dining-room of hotel Alef in Krakow, Poland. The hotel is completely filled with paintings and thousands of small things. It is more like staying in an antique-shop, where you are permanently able to discover new things. More panoramas at www.derPanoramafotograf.com

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F: Near Katynski Cross - near Wawel Castle

by Karol Kwiatek, 360 meters away

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