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the Swarovski Crystal Worlds

By Ethan Hews

Be awed by scintillating crystals and a massive fortress on a day trip from Innsbruck. Collect your high-end minivan in Innsbruck and load up the family. Set off east towards the famous Swarovski Crystal Worlds, an amazing Museum located in Wattens. Built in 1995 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the company Swarovski, this venue will thrill adults and kids.

Start off at the main attraction, the fascinating Giant, a waterfall shaped like a human head that spews water from its mouth.

Explore the 14 chambers with impressive displays of artworks in crystal. See the magnificent Crystal Theatre, the Crystal Dome and the enchanting Crystal Forest. They all display unique pieces made by contemporary artists from around the globe. Get lost in the Crystal Cloud, which consists of approximately 800000 hand-mounted crystals. Buy a small souvenir to take home.

Back in your van, head for something totally different. The town of Kufstein known as the 'Pearl of Tyrol' offers a wonderful calmness located along the Inn River. The massive Kufstein Fortress dominates, overlooking the town from high up on the hill.

See the 90m high Emperor's Tower and the massive Heroes' Organ, Heldenorgel, built in 1931. It is the largest outdoor organ in the world, boasting 4307 pipes and 46 stops. Be awed when it plays at noon in memory of those who died in two world wars. End your visit with a tour around the Museum.

Stop off at one of the local restaurants and enjoy Schlutzkrapfen, cheese dumplings with a local beer.

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