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    Wattens - Kristallwelten
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    Crystal World, of course

    by Anjutka Updated Apr 23, 2005

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    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".

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    The Mouse Who Guards the Entrance

    by zadunajska8 Written Jul 15, 2012

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    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.

    The Mouse
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    The Giant

    by zadunajska8 Written Jul 15, 2012

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    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).

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    Kristallwelten - The Labyrinth

    by zadunajska8 Written Jul 15, 2012

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    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!

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    Swarovski Kristallwelten

    by zadunajska8 Updated Jul 15, 2012

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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.

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    Kristallwelten - The Mechanical Theatre

    by zadunajska8 Written Jul 15, 2012

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    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.

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    Kristallwelten - The Crystal Theatre

    by zadunajska8 Written Jul 15, 2012

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    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.

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    Kristallwelten - The Giant's Park

    by zadunajska8 Written Jul 15, 2012

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    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.

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    Kristallwelten - Entrance Hall

    by zadunajska8 Written Jul 15, 2012

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    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.

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    Kristallwelten - The Ice Passage

    by zadunajska8 Written Jul 15, 2012

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    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.

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    Kristallwelten - The Crystal Dome

    by zadunajska8 Written Jul 15, 2012

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    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.

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    Kristallwelten - the giant

    by jojes Updated Jun 17, 2013

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    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.

    Opening hours:
    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

    e-mail : swarovski.kristallwelten@swarovski.com (tried to put this in the field for other contact, but apparently it gets abbreviated every time)

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    A maharadjah horse

    by desert_princess Updated Aug 8, 2005

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    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!

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    WE HEAD TO THE GIANT!

    by balhannah Updated Jun 20, 2014

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    After reading about the famous Mouse, we quickly followed the path around a pond where a "living" Giant's head was spewing water into that pond. Eyes that look like giant crystal stared at those who dared look! A wet day, still, I just had to take a photo!

    The inside of the Giants head have "cabinets of marvel" that were designed by each individual artist involved with the creation

    We are at the entrance hall and the showroom, this is where you buy your ticket.
    On display is a large cut crystal that really looks like an over-large cut diamond. It's named the Centenar, has 310,000 carats and is the largest crystal ever cut in the world. I walk past an 11metre high wall of glittering crystal and past some amazing pieces before beginning the amazing tour through the world of crystal.

    What you need to know before visiting, is
    THIS IS NOT A TOUR THROUGH A FACTORY, it is more like a CRYSTAL ART DISPLAY IN A MUSEUM

    OPENING TIMES
    Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Last entry at 5.30 p.m.

    ADMISSION PRICES
    ADULTS 11 euros
    CHILDREN UNDER 15 YEARS FREE

    FREE ADMISSION WITH INNSBRUCK CARD

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    A giant globe

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 25, 2005

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    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...

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