Swarovski Crystal Worlds#14 in Best Things To Do in Innsbruck
About 12 miles east of Innsbruck, you'll find the dazzling Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Swarovski Kristallwelten). The Walt Disney World of gems, this nearly 19-acre park features a variety of art installations that incorporate the famous crystals. Among the highlights are the "Crystal Cloud," which features 800,000 floating crystals that are reflected in the "Mirror Pool." Families will also find a play area for kids with a play tower, a garden maze, a carousel and a playground.
Recent visitors described the attraction as "mesmerizing" and "impressive." Others were particularly in awe of the exhibits housed within the "Giant," which showcases art installations by a variety of artists, including Yayoi Kusama and Andy Warhol, among others.
To get to Swarovski Crystal Worlds, you can take a taxi, but it's cheaper to hop on the shuttle bus. If you have an Innsbruck Card, your ride is covered. If you don't have the card, expect to pay 9.50 euros (or about $10.60) for a round-trip fare. The attraction is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost 19 euros (around $21) for adults and 7.50 euros (about $8.50) for youths ages 6 to 14; children 5 and younger enter for free. If you purchased an Innsbruck Card, your admission is covered. For more information, visit the Swarovski Crystal Worlds website.
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#1 Maria-Theresien-Strasse (Maria Theresa Street)
One of Innsbruck's most famous streets, Maria Theresien Street is a glorious remnant of the city's baroque past, dating back 700 years. Now a pedestrian promenade, the street, which is located outside Old Town, is lined with palaces once owned by the city's aristocracy, as well as cafes, shops and landmarks like St. Anne's Column and the Triumphal Arch.
Recent visitors raved about the amazing views of the mountains seen from the street and recommended seeing the Christmas market set up on the street during the holidays. However, a few reviewers warned that the prices at the shops, cafes and restaurants that line the street are too high. For unobstructed photos, plan a morning visit.
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