The entire museum is located underneath this green water-spawing giant.
The entrance price to Kristallwelten is :
(prices june 2013)
* single ticket --> 11,00 euro
* group price (min. 10 pers.) --> 9,50 euro
* accompanied child up to 15 y. --> free
* members of the Swarovski Crystal Society --> free
* Crystal Worlds Shop without exhibition --> free
Please note that in case of free admission, you still have to get a 'free admisson ticket' at the ticket counter.
When you buy an entrance ticket, you get a discount when buying something in the Crystal Shop afterwards.
Daily from 9:00 am until 6:30 pm - Last admission at 5:30 pm
On 24th December 9:00 am until 2:00 pm - Last admission at 1:00 pm
On 31st December 9:00 am until 4:00 pm - Last admission at 3:00 pm
Closed nov. 4 to nov. 15 2013
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The perfect day out for those people who have a magpie like disposition and are just drawn to shiny, sparkly things.
Swarovski Kristallwelten is essentially an art gallery showing off art which makes use of crystals and light for it's effect. It is, of course, also aimed at trying to get you to spend some money on items in the Swarovski gift shop afterwards (some are amazingly expensive - the one I liked the most was €18,000!) but treat the gift shop like part of the display and it's all fine.
The building itself is inside the head of a green giant and the journey takes you through a number of very different rooms and corridors which all share two things in common, the are beautiful and absolutely surreal!
My favourites were the Mechanical Theatre and the Ice Passage.
Entrance to the Crystal World is included in an Innsbruck card and this makes it well worth getting one (the card also includes the shuttlebus here from Innsbruck). Otherwise entry is €11 per person.
The park at Crystal World, around and behind the amazing entrance is a delightful and well thought out garden dotted with water features and "art in the park". There are also children's play facilities and of course the labyrinth.
In the park outside Crystal World is a Labyrinth in the shape of a hand which whilst not big is more difficult than it first looks. Actually, it didn't take us too long to find the centre, but getting back out was the problem!
As you walk down the Ice Passage, accompanied by the cracking and clinking sounds of the Crystal World, the walls and indeed the floor under your feet changes and just keeps moving. It's a magical/wonderful/slightly disorientating experience. I've uploaded a video to VT of part of it.
A strange, bejeweled collection of fairy tale-like surreal set ups this room is both bizarre and interesting at the same time. Like many of the other displays at Crystal World, it's all a bit surreal, but very pretty.
The Crystal Dome is a strange and sometimes wonderful space. It's actually a domed room with 590 mirrors and changing light colours. When it's full of people it's just weird and felt a little uncomfortable, when you are in there alone it's quite magical, so wait a while and see if the crowds will disappear for just a few seconds.
This is surreal! I'm not entirely sure of what is has to do with crystals but it was certainly an experience to see this. Shirts flying by overhead on hangers whilst mechanical bodies fly apart and reassemble in the middle of the room, dancing disembodied legs ... it's all very strange, but stop and watch for a few minutes, you won't forget it is a hurry! For a small taste of it I've uploaded a video of a short sequence to VT.
The shiny things start as soon as you enter the Giant at Crystal World. In the entrance hall you find a number of objects using crystals to good effect including a jellyfish-like chandalier and a bejeweled stallion. There is also the largest and smallest ever cut crystals on display here. The centenar is the largest with over 300,000 carats and 100 precision cut faces (to celebrate 100 years of the Swarovski company in 1995) whilst the smallest is just 0.8mm but still has 17 precision cut faces.
Probably the most popular photo spot in Wattens is in front of the Giant. This is actually the building of Crystal World and the hill has been built around it with this amazing Giant's head with waterfall from the mouth above a pool in front. It's quite a sight! And the eyes are crystals, of course. The entrances are either side of the Giant's head and numbered 1 or 2. You will be told which you should go to when you get your ticket at the ticket office (it will also be printed on the ticket).
By the entrance and ticket office is a tribute to a mouse. No, not a real mouse, a crystal one. In 1976 Swarovski produced their first crystal figure and it was a mouse produced for the Innsbruck winter olympics. It was a big hit and now countless such figures of all sorts of animals (and other things!) are sold every year. This modern statue remembers that first mouse.
In another hall you can see this huge turning globe.
It's covered with (of course !) crystals.
Thanks to the light effects it's a really nice sight.
EDIT : the exhibition in Kristallwelten is constantly changing.
Almost every year there is an added room or new artwork. Of course this means that others parts of the exhibition disappear.
This is what happened to the globe. At the time of our visit in 2010, it was no longer there.
As a child, Andre Heller dreamed of giants roaming the streets in Vienna.
One of these giants settled in Wattens.
In this room you can see some of the things the giant took with him on his jouney around the world : a ring, a walking stick, an accordeon and his gloves.
One of the main halls in Kristallwelten is the "Crystal Theatre".
Here you can see all kinds of creatures, covered with crystal.
The room pictures fairy-taled characters, leaving everything open to your own imagination.
When entering, you are in the entrance hall created by Andre Heller.
An eye-catcher in the middle of the room is the largest crystal ever made in the world (the 'centenar' - 300.000 carats - 40 cm diamater). In contrast to this there is also the smallest one ever made by Swarovksi (0,8 mm diameter).
Here is the beginning of the crystal wall, which runs throughout the complex.
There is a stele created by Keith Haring, once used in the musical Aïda.
The "soft clock" is a 3D-interpretation of Dalí's work "The persistance of time".
Besides these artworks, you can see a replica of a jewel commissioned by an Indian maharadja as a tribute to his favorit horse.
Also some work by Andy Warhol ("Gems"), Niki de Saint Phalle (The “Crystal bearing Nana”), John Brekke (The "Crystal Poems") and a beauftiful chandelier by Gateano Pesce can be seen here.