Visit the Swarovski's Crystal World in the village of Wattens.
Here you can see amazingly beautiful crystal artifacts, including the largest jewellery stone in the world. Caution: This is also a huge tourist trap. They will lead you into their shop and try to make you buy their stuff.
“I’d like to create rooms that feel like music. I would like to create things, which are like music for the eyes. And I would like to spread music throughout the room – in all three dimensions, and in colour.”
Quote by Brian Eno
In this meditative room, created by Brian Eno, you can see a 'living painting', constantly changing and growing.
Inside the crystal dome you get the feeling of being inside a crystal.
590 mirrors cover the dome's walls, creating a kaleidoscope of colours.
Light is reflected to all sides, as is your own reflection.
The outside area of Kristallwelten also got developed in recent years.
There is a playground for kids to enjoy.
The maze is shaped after Andre Heller's hand.
The garden with "watchtower" offers a great view of the surrounding mountains.
And of course your visit to Kristallwelten ends in a huge Swarovski shop !!!
Besides the traditional figurines, jewels and gadgets, you can also admire these statues.
Your entrance ticket entitles you to a discount when you buy something.
aka Kristallwelten. Most of the exhibits are amazing! The Planet of Crystals and the Crystal Echo Dome were the best. The Cafe at the end is somewhat of a let-down..I´d´ve expected more from Swarovski! Prices in the shop are the same as in any store on the planet, except you get €2 discount with your admission ticket.
The giant globe was made out of optical cables that were slowly changing in color while the earth was turning...
In the same room you can read about the history behind the creation of the Swarowski crystals .
A guy from the craddle of crystals in Bohemia / Czech ´Republic invented a new way to cut and work crystal - a very precise machine. As the laws in his own country were not in his favor , he came in Tirol and statred his business.....the rest is history of the most sold and most famous crystals in the world...
Entering this mirror sphere room on a platform , you will hear music and get the feeling of being under a night sky.Computerly programmed the mirrors will slowly change colors and light intensity , showing at some point hidden swarowski treasures behind them.
I tried to shoot a mask hidden behind a mirror with more or less success
After seeing the biggest and the smallest crystal of the collection, you arrive in front of this horse.
It was a spacial order from a maharadjah of Asia for his beloved horse. He wanted him to glow with all the lights under the sun - you can imagine what an effect that will make . Almost impossible to look at... Anyways great Idea - I am a big fan of the Swarowski work and this is his masterpiece if you ask me!
Everything is covered is nice crystals, like this Picasso like marionet. Of course in the shop of the museum you will find some great Swarowsky jewels, like the one you find in every Swarowski shop in most of the european cities.
It is the biggest aglomeration of cristals. About 20 meters long, 5 meters high and some good centimeters wide, this 'wall' is made from big chunks of cristals. I can't remember how much this is worth but it must be a real fortune.
This is a closer photo of the head/fountain/entrance to the Swarowski Kristalwelten. One side is for the entrance and the other side is for exiting the museum. Once inside you will be given a paper (not a brochure) with explanations in your language about the rooms and exibits.
The whole Swarowski museum of cristals is built half underground and its roof is covered with grass, so there isn't any exterior building like is any museum. The entrance to the museum is below a giant head with cristal glowing eyes and a fountain coming out from its mouth.
The Crystal world (entrance fee 8 EUR, of which you get 2 EUR back when buying any Swarowski article) was designed by Andre Heller at the occasion of the 100 years anniversary of the company.
I was quite impressed by the vast use of so many effects you can achieve with highly refractory artificial crystals and laser technology etc. Some of the rooms (Crystal Dome for example) are awesome, others a bit "kitschy".
Wattens itself is a pretty little town well worth a visit, not the least for the stunning Swarovski Museum.
I believe everyone has heard of (and maybe owned some) Swarovski jewellery.
The entrance to the Museum and the surrounding park gives a good indication of what to expect inside.
Bring your credit card - it will be impossible to resist and the prices are below local shops, not to mention 1/2 what you pay overseas.
A must see.