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H.R. Giger Museum Gruyères  Switzerland

H.R. Giger Museum

Tucked away off the main street of the 400-year-old Swiss village of Gruyeres - that's right, where they make the cheese - is an unusual museum, macabre and surreal, filled with monsters and semi-humans and furniture that is alive - biomechanical art.

All this came from the mind of H.R. Giger, the Swiss designer who in 1980 won an Academy Award for his special effects on a film that marked an entire generation: Alien.

His imagination is allowed to run wild in this small but intense museum, which houses the largest collection of his works in existence.

If you need to recover from all that monster-gazing, cross the street to the Giger Bar and have a coffee, sitting in one of his famous armchairs. You know, the ones that look like a brontosaurus skeleton?