The most famous crystal show in Austria
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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.more
This is the restaurant/bistro/cafe at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds. I really expected much more, so it was kind of a let-down, although I can´t complain about the food.
Favorite Dish: I had a tuna-salad sandwich with the crusts cut off (good for tuna salad...had some chi-chi name I don´t remember) and a piece of raspberry-yogurt cake (I´ve had better cake, but I´ve also had worse...).
A Shuttle bus runs from Innsbruck to Swarovski Crystal World (and back again!) every 2 hours. The bus is free if you have an Innsbruck card (as is entrance to Kristallwelten). The bus goes from both the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) and Museumstrasse in Innsbruck and the journey takes just under 30 minutes.
When visiting Kristallwelten, your visit will automatically end up in the huge 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.Some people think the prices in this shop - being directly connected to the factory and all - are lower...more
An underground tour through uninteresting laser installations and crystal boredom. You will see some nice crystal arts by Keith Haring or Niki de Saint Phalle at the beginning but that's about the only interesting part of this place. Oh wait no, the toilets were very stylish, too ;) Apart from that there's a crystal room, lots of laser crap, crystal dresses and costumes and a half-interesting room designed by Brian Eno.
Prices in the shop (yes, there is a shop. Probably the main reason for creating this place!) are not lower than in "normal" shops.
Outside there's a little park with a labyrinth. We were looking forward to it because we thought it would be nicer outside than inside. But it wasn't. It was boring!
Unique Suggestions: Run away! As fast as you can!
Fun Alternatives: Go hiking! After all you're in the alps. Who wants to see computer installations in a wonderful landscape like this.
Or spend the day in the beautiful town of Hall instead! It's very close to Wattens where the Kristallwelten are.