There are those who love a little Swarovski sparkle, and then there are those who dream of it. For the latter, there's a magical, glittering oasis in Europe that you really ought to know about. Nestled in Wattens, Austria, lies the Swarovski Crystal Worlds — incredible, internationally-renowned gardens dedicated soley to the sparkly stuff.  

Opened in 1995 to mark Swarovski's centennial anniversary, the crystal-themed park has seen millions of visitors since. Designed by artist Andre Heller, the grounds are divided into three fantastical areas: The Giant, The Garden, and Playtower. Heller designed the experience around a fabled story about a giant, who happily settles among Swarovski crystal (yeah, we would too). 

Within The Giant are 16 'Chambers of Wonder', including the Ice Passage (which features an empty corridor that is only activated once you step inside), Silent Night (a sparkling tree designed by Alexander McQueen), and a Crystal Forest, which is dedicated to the elements of fire, water, and crystal. The Garden and Playtower are equally impressive, boasting crystal clouds, mirror pools, and a crystal-clad labyrinth. In a world that's arguably more beautiful than our own, this alone might just warrant a trip to Austria. 

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