*Located in Wattens, a 20-minute drive from Innsbruck, Kristallwelten is like a fantasy land created by leading artists and designers using Swarovski crystals. This unique crystal theater is Austria’s second most visited museum.
The museum first opened in 1995 for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Swarovski Company. Created by artist Andre Heller, the entrance greets you with a giant with crystal eyes and a crystal-clear water fountain running from its mouth.
As you enter The Giant’s mouth, the first amazing and breath-taking sight you see is the Centenary, the world’s largest manufactured crystal paperweight. It weighs a massive 300,000 carats, has a diameter of 40 cm and features 100 hand-polished facets to symbolize 100 years of Swarovski.
In the same room is the Crystal Wall, the longest of its kind in the world. Millions of precision-cut crystals sparkle from behind the 11-by-42-meter-long transparent wall.
There are several life-sized sculptures accented with crystals, including a boa constrictor-sized snake and a vividly real black stallion, a replica of a valuable horse commissioned by an Indian Maharajah as a tribute to his favorite animal, followed by a magnificent, huge crystal fir tree.
Ever wondered what it feels like to be inside a crystal ? Continuing through Kristallwelten takes you into a huge geodesic-looking dome with 590 mirrors. Once inside, it’s like you are inside a giant crystal looking out.
The crystaloscope is the biggest kaleidoscope in the world, followed by the Crystal Theatre. There are many more ‘Chambers’ that follow.
The trip through Crystal World ends, inevitably, in the world’s largest Swarovski gift shop.
More than 8 million people have been enchanted in its 14 “Chambers of Wonder”, encompassing the full spectrum of art, music, dance and literature.
A cafeteria (CAFÉ-terra) is available to visitors who can treat themselves to the culinary delights of both international and seasonal dishes.
Outside, “Art in the Park” located In the far-reaching area around the Giant, there is a maze and an alpine garden to lure visitors.
It’s free to see if you purchase The Innsbruck Card for 31 Euros, but the card gets you into other sites in the city also. It’s also free if you are a Swarovski SCS Member, allowing you a special visit to the VIP Lounge.
The Kristallwelten shuttle service takes visitors from Innsbruck to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds and back every two hours from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
If you love Swarovski crystal, you don’t want to pass up this attraction. It’s magnificent!
*Various Information compiled from several articles about Kristallwelten.
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