During our stay in the Reiter's Posthotel in Achenkirch Tyrol we had planned to look around the hotel. But the weather gods didn't cooperate on one day of our stay. It rained a lot. Our boat trip across Lake Achensee simply fell through. We decide to take a trip to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens in Tyrol. Our pictures from the Swarovski Crystal Worlds show what awaits you.
The Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens in Tyrol
The exhibition in the Swarovski Crystal Worlds is one of the Austrian Leading Sights. This makes them one of the main tourist attractions in the country. We wanted to take a closer look. The Swarovski Crystal Worlds have been open since 1995. You are at the company's headquarters in Wattens in Tyrol. Daniel Swarovski, Arman Kosman and Franz Weis founded the company in 1895. The company produces glass crystals. To do this, she uses a process that the founders patented in Prague in 1891. Glass ceramic is ground and polished to manufacture the Swarovski stones. This is how the crystals get their shape. These are processed into jewelry today. However, they are also used for other purposes. This is shown in the exhibition in the Swarovski Crystal Worlds.
Excursion from Lake Achensee to Wattens
Since we didn't want to spend the day in the hotel, we decided to drive to Wattens in Tyrol. Forty minutes away is the Swarovski Crystal Worlds. We had wanted to see this for a long time. On our Austria Traveling in the direction of the Brenner Pass, the signs made me curious. So this rainy day was just right for us.
Visit to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens in Tyrol
We weren't the only ones who came up with the idea in this weather. The visitor car park in front of the factory halls is already full. The queues in front of the ticket counters also promised crowds inside the "giant". The Swarovski Crystal Worlds are located in a hill. The head of the giant adorns the front. A river flows out of its mouth and ends in a pond. Apparently, the operators of the "giant" are used to such an onslaught. After we passed the entrance hall of the giant, the crowds quickly dispersed. We enter a world of fantasy, crystals, glitter, art and kitsch created by André Heller and other artists. They take us into a magical world in which the rainy weather no longer plays a role.
What is there to see in the Crystal Worlds of Swarovski
The largest crystal in the world is displayed in a display case in the entrance hall with 300.000 carats. He lies on a horse whose back is decorated with a copy of a jeweled blanket. A maharajah from India once had these made for his favorite horse. Next to it is a statue of Niki de Saint Phalle. Artworks in this hall are by Salvador Dali, Andy Wharhol and other artists.
In the rooms we go through the worlds: the theatre, the crystal dome, past the winter dream, into the kaleidoscope, to the crystal theatre, through the ice alley to the objects of the giant, to the prima donna assoluta, the reflections. In these and other exhibition spaces, imagination and Swarovski crystals play the leading role. We present the impressions we gained in our selection from the Swarovski Crystal Worlds pictures.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds Pictures
In the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, artists have created a world of fantasy that amazes us. They are not only worth a visit in rainy weather.
Daniels Kristallwelten - a restaurant that wins awards
At the end of the visit you should not miss a coffee break, a snack or dinner in the Daniels Kristallwelten restaurant. The restaurant offers dishes of the world and the region. There are also specialties from Tyrol. It is particularly important to offer seasonal dishes. It also has a patisserie that makes cakes. We have tried them out for ourselves to see how good they are. But even if you're just a little hungry, they'll seduce you macarons, cupcakes and muffins at a short break.
This is worth it. Because Daniels Kristallwelten has "cooked" itself a toque from Gault Millau. On top of that, the Falstaff restaurant and inn guide recommends the restaurant with a Falstaff fork.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Crystal World Road 1
6112 Wattens / Tyrol, Austria
Tel. +43 5224 51080
Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m. (including public holidays)
Last entry: 18:00 p.m
The play tower and the carousel in the garden:
Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m
Restaurant Daniel's Crystal Worlds:
Daily from 11:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m
Hot meals from 12:00 p.m. to 19:30 p.m
Arrival by plane, train and bus
Book your arrival here by plane, bus or train*. Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and other airlines fly to Innsbruck. Also drive Long-distance buses * to Innsbruck. There is a shuttle bus from the main train station in Innsbruck directly to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds. It is also possible to travel to Fritzens-Wattens by train: Timetable and booking*.
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Do you like to travel by motorhome?
- Do you want to rent a motorhome? Then you will find information here as well as booking options. Or would you prefer to stay overnight in a roof tent on the car? Also the overnight stay in a camping tent is possible.
- Check our packing list for campers to see whether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
- Practical camper accessories you can also find here.
- Austria has a comprehensive network of campsites. There are pitches in all parts of the country. On some you can have your dinner in one Dutch Oven am portable grill or maybe on that Campfire prepare. Or use our tips for Cooking and baking in the mobile home for your choice of recipe.
- Outside of campsites and motorhome parking spaces, you can stay for a maximum of one night. But beware: there are bans in Tyrol and Vienna. Camping Guide for Austria * you can buy it here.
- Here you can find tips for Cooking in the mobile home.
- Why is a folding e-bike useful when camping?
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Text Swarovski Crystal Worlds: © Copyright Monika Fuchs
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline