During our stay in the Reiter's Posthotel in Achenkirch Tyrol we had planned to take a closer look at the immediate vicinity of the hotel. But the weather gods didn't play along on one day of our stay, and it was pouring down. Our boat trip across the Achensee fell into the water in the truest sense of the word.
Since we didn't want to spend the day in the hotel, where there was a whole range of interesting entertainment options, such as a wellness treatment in the great spa or a look behind the scenes of the hotel, we decided to drive to Wattens in Tyrol, forty minutes away , because that's where the Swarovski Crystal Worlds are located, which we had wanted to see for a long time. On our Austria The signs had made me curious about traveling towards Brenner. Then this rainy day came just in time.
Visit to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens in Tyrol
Obviously we weren't the only ones who came up with the idea in this weather, because the visitor parking lot in front of the factory halls was already well filled, and the long queues in front of the ticket counters promised a dense crowd inside the "giant". The Swarovski Crystal Worlds are located in an artificially created hill overgrown with lush greenery, the front of which is adorned with the head of the giant, from whose mouth a wide river flows out and flows into a pond. Apparently the operators of the "giant" are used to such a rush, because after we had passed the entrance hall of the giant, the crowds quickly equalized. And we entered a world of fantasy, artificial crystals, lots of glitter, art and kitsch, which was created by André Heller and a whole range of other artists and which took us into a magical world in which the rainy weather outside the doors no longer played a role.
In the lobby, the largest cut crystal in the world is displayed in a 300.000 Karat showcase under a horse whose back adorns a copy of a jewel ceiling once made by an Indian maharaja for his favorite horse and a statue of Niki de Saint Phalle. Other works of art in this hall are by Salvador Dali, Andy Wharhol and other artists.
In the next rooms we go through very different worlds: the mechanical theater, the crystal dome, past the winter dream, into the kaleidoscope, to the imaginative crystal theater, through the ice alley to the objects of the giant, to the prima donna Assoluta, the reflections and other exhibition rooms, in where the imagination - and of course the artificial crystals of Swarovski - play the main role. The most beautiful impressions that we have gained here, we present here:
In the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, famous Austrian and international artists have created a world of fantasy that amazes us. They are not only worth a visit in rainy weather.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Crystal World Road 1
6112 Wattens / Tyrol, Austria
Tel. +43 5224 51080
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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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