The 1st card was also sent by Manuela and the 2nd is an official but as the 2 cards are from Graz, i decided to post them together.
Due to its importance as a strategic position, Graz was often assaulted by Ottoman Turks in the 16th century.
During WWII, Graz was part of Nazi Germany (along with rest of Austria). At the end of the war, Graz was surrendered to Soviet troops largely intact; the historic old town was not seriously hit during Allied bombing raids on the city. - in: wikitravel