On a chilly summer morning, we left Innsbruck on a shuttle to get to Swarovski Crystal Worlds, an all-embracing Austrian Museum in Tyrol. Swarovski Crystal World is a fascinating museum, built-in 1995 to honour the 100th anniversary of Swarovski. What makes this museum charming, is its spectacular location; environed by beautiful meadows and ridiculous mountains. Austrian artist André Heller installed the thematic centrepiece of the Giant in Swarovski Crystal World. The admission ticket covers, round-trip transport from Innsbruck, however, driving is another best option if you plan on taking casual photo-stops en route. Swarovski Kristallwelten is a 7-hectare whimsical world of fiction that accouches moments of wonder to its visitors.
Here I had the chance to experience a blend of art, production, culture, shopping and various attractions. Since 2019, Swarovski Crystal Worlds metamorphoses into a transcendent world of light and sound, 5 PM onwards every day. From the Garden of the Giant to the Crystal Cloud, Swarovski Kristallwelten is a sight to behold, with its 800,000 hand-mounted crystals and fresh Festival of Light. A Giant head spluttering water into a pond welcomed us in the park. The spellbinding Crystal Cloud, mirror pool, tower, labyrinth and crystalline-themed playground are hard to miss.
Swarovski Crystal World: Chamber of Wonders
Inside the Chambers of Wonder, I discovered the magic of crystals in a dimension never seen before. From “Into Lattice Sun,” by Lee Bul, to “Silent Light,” by Alexander McQueen to “Eden Crystal Forest,” this space is ‘truly’ a crystal wonderland. Calligraphy, Blue hall, Crystal dome, Eden and Crystal forest are interlinked, within the Chamber of Wonders. Each of these extraordinary galleries display, remarkable crystal creativity. Wherein the miraculous crystal creations are universal contributions from renowned national and global artists, designers and architects. I am guessing this by far, is the only place on earth, where you can examine such great concepts of crystal representation. Unquestionably an epitome of magnificence!
The Glamorous Exhibition
Swarovski Crystals shimmer in all their grandeur, at this lavish Kristallwelten! Even the ‘Garden of the Giant,’ boasts four modern installations that spark, following sunset, collectively with a supremely synchronised surround sound. This light and sound exhibition bestows guests, with an ambience of variations, where you see cosmic calm foregather with state-of-the-art technology. Renowned artist André Heller designed this striking crystal world featuring modern Crystal art exhibits. In an ‘interesting’ turn of events, Andre composed a story around a Giant, who he portrayed as someone who was out to experience the world’s wonders. Under Heller’s vision, this Giant settled down in the Austrian town of Wattens, from where he watched over his Chambers of Wonder. The Garden of the Giant emphasises on creating a holistic experience through its scenic beauty, rare art installations, arrangements and play tower.
Kristallwelten: Entry Fees and Admission Timing
Open daily between 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Entrance Fee: € 17 or INR 1500 per adult
July and August: Open between 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Daniels Kristallwelten (Onsite restaurant): Open Sunday through Thursday between 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM. Closed from October until mid-November
Before leaving, I visited the store selling crystal pieces varying from a few euros into the thousands. At this lovely gift shop, you can buy unique crystal souvenirs for your loved ones. I purchased a few Lucky Pigs and other lucky crystal charms. To grab a bite to eat, hit the cafe-restaurant located by the gardens. When we were ready to leave, we took the shuttle back to Innsbruck. The shuttle leaves every two hours. Tour Trummelbach Falls on your way back, as it’s an astonishing series of ten glacier mountain waterfalls. Use the shuttle bus service to travel in the neighbourhood.