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Stolz Alpe Austria

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A: Stolz Alpe Austria

by N.Qusstura, 670 meters away

Stolz Alpe Austria

Stolz Alpe Austria

B: Stolz Alpe Austria

by N.Qusstura, 750 meters away

Stolz Alpe Austria

Stolz Alpe Austria

C: Courtyard of castle Murau

by Jan Mulder, 1.2 km away

Courtyard of castle Murau, home of the Schwarzenberger familie. During a visitor tour, six rooms can ...

Courtyard of castle Murau

D: Statue of a cat woman

by Jan Mulder, 1.3 km away

A woman with cats heads at the sides of her own head. Photo's taken on September 5, 2012.

Statue of a cat woman

E: Murna near the bridge in Murau

by Jan Mulder, 1.4 km away

Die noch junge "Murna", eine bronze Skulptur, die den Fluss, die Kraft, den Segen, das zeitlose und r...

Murna near the bridge in Murau

F: Oberwölz Town Square

by Markus Ortner, 12.0 km away

Oberwölz Town Square

G: Skiing in the Alps - Lachtal

by Zoltan Duray, 20.7 km away

Skiing in the Alps - Lachtal

H: Footbridge Unzmarkt

by Markus Ortner, 21.4 km away

This unique footbridge near Unzmarkt was build in 2004 for the raising amount of bike tourists in sty...

Footbridge Unzmarkt

I: Ruin Frauenburg

by Markus Ortner, 21.7 km away

First mentioned in 1248, the Castle Frauenburg was home to the famous Minnesinger Ulrichs von Liechte...

Ruin Frauenburg

J: Castle Church St.Jakob

by Markus Ortner, 21.8 km away

One of the oldest romanesque churches in styria, the errection of the church is estimated in the 12th...

Castle Church St.Jakob

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Text by Steve Smith.

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