Swarovski Crystal, Innsbruck
As Swarovski stores become part of the chain store globalization that encompasses the world, it’s not something I would normally seek out. To be honest, I didn’t know much of anything about it aside from it was crystal and fairly expensive at that for what’d call cut class. I was, however, traveling with my sister and she was interested in getting something for her daughter on the trip. My wife wanted to check it out and since it was conveniently right on the main shopping street in Innsbruck, it was worth a peek.
Daniel Swarovski was a Czech Jew who patented a cutting edge process for cutting glass into crystal in 1892 and with the help of financiers opened a crystal company in Wattens, Austria to take advantage of the hydroelectric power there. It has grown to become perhaps the most famous crystal producer in the world. There are shops in numerous big cities and Innsbruck’s is considered its flagship store. It’s certainly a nice shop to walk around and has a bit of a museum atmosphere with numerous stunning displays.
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This Swarvoski shop is well worth a visit. The winter wonderland is full of sparkling crystals. The jewellery and trinkets are beautiful and although most of the things are expensive, they do have some competitive priced items
What to buy: Earrings are a good buy.
The swarosky shop is fantastic. On the ground floor you can see some beautiful sculptures realized with crystal Swarosky, while on the first floor there is the shop with the whole Swarosky production. It is very beautiful!!!
Swarovski Crystal has its origin in Tyrol and here in Innsbruck you may buy their jewelery in one of their shops in the pedestrian zone, not far from Hotel Weisses Kreuz and the Citytower.
What to buy: I have to say I am personally not a real big fan of Swarowski Crystal, but in this shop you may find quite a lot of unique works of art, like the vase on my picture.
What to pay: This is certainly not a cheap store, but I am sure Swarovski-fans will have an idea about their prices.
If you did not listen to what I had said about the Swarovski Museum then here is a place that will make up for the let down of the Swarovski Museum.
You can see just about every piece of Swarovski that is currently for sale here and there is more here than in the Swarovski Museum and every piece is for SALE so look out.
The sales staff is very helpful and speak just about any language you can throw at them. Try it..
If shopping for SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL, don't bother with their main store in the old city. The sales persons there are rather snotty. A few doors down at a shop called GESHENKSLAUB'N, a very kind woman by the name of Ursula assisted me. She gave me a great product catalogue to take home to the states. (not some little flyer) Ursula said that Swarovski sets prices for their pieces and no matter what store you shop in the prices will be the same. (I kept my eye out for that afterwards and it seemed true.)
What to buy: Some pieces are not exported for a while so I always ask what they have that is not available in the states.
What to pay: from 30 euros on up
I loved looking at the beautiful jewelery in this shop. Unfortunately, swarovski world near salzburg was closed in november.
But I also liked to took that pic of the sign.