Swarovski Crystal World–Innsbruck, Austria

According to my husband, this is one of the strangest places we have ever visited. I was so excited to see this place…I am still not sure how I feel about it now. We waited at the train station for the shuttle that runs to Crystal World. It is about a 20 minute drive. While in the bus (with lots of other tourists), we listened to soothing music…almost like windchimes (or crystals!) clinking quietly together. When we arrived, we bought our tickets and headed into this strange place! We walked into the “giant’s lair” and checked out all of the art. There is a whole room dedicated to the Giant (see below). It was a bizarre compilation of art pieces. After exploring the many rooms of art, we were able to wander the Swarovski Crystal store. There were pieces that ranged from just a few bucks to a few thousands. Check out other great photos at Delicious Baby, host of Photo Friday.

The giant’s lair

Jewelry display

The “giant’s” ring


Fairy Tale Lane — Innsbruck, Austria

Fairy Tale Lane is a wonderful place to take the children during the Christmas holidays. We couldn’t believe our eyes as we walked down the street. Through Old Town Innsbruck, there are fairy tale characters hanging all over the buildings. Of course I love these scenes…I am an English teacher!

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Wordless Wednesday–Hotel sign in Innsbruck

Photo Friday — The rooftops of Innsbruck

When we were in Innsbruck, we climbed the Stadtturm (148 steps if I remember correctly!) to see the view of the city. As we walked around the outside of the entire tower, I snapped a bunch of pictures of the city. I was excited about how cool some of them turned out when I was reviewing them at home! The rooftops are absolutely beautiful. Some have gardens on them. Many of them are a gorgeous rust red color.

My favorite rooftop picture!

I spotted our hotel–it is the bright pink looking one!

More roofs!

The Stadtturm (City Tower)

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Wordless Wednesday

Steaks and Cakes

I missed a few days in my 30 days of blogging challenge because Josh and I escaped to Innsbruck for the night on Monday. We had so much fun exploring the city. If you are planning on going to Innsbruck, you only need a day or so to see the major sights. We saw the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), the Stadtturm (City Tower), had dinner at a great beer hall (pfeffer steak mit krauterbutter), and had wine and apfelstrudel at a little bar. We went to Swavorski Crystal World (one of the strangest places I have ever been) and bought cans of beer for 68 cents! More on this portion of the adventure later…I leave you with a few pictures from our trip!
Leaving the Brenner Pass…please note…it is a long way down and there is no guard rail for the train…
The view of Innsbruck from the Stadtturm

The Hofburg

The Goldenes Dachl