Worlds of Crystal by Swarovski
Opened in 1995 by Swarovski, to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Kristallwelten is one of the most incredible attractions in Austria.
The artist André Meller conceived 14 underground chambers of wonders, with a head of a Giant, visible from afar, as the entrance to this magic place; he drew inspiration from the story of the Giant who travelled around the world to collect treasures and wonders, and then settled down to look after his chambers ever since.
For each room, internationally renowned artists and designers have interpreted crystal in their own way: they create concepts of space and experience from the sparkling material.
“Silent Light” chamber hosts a sparkling crystal tree, by designers Tord Boontje and Alexander McQueen, evoking the cold and yet heartwarmingly winter landscape; ”55 Million Crystals” room by British musician Brian Eno is a synthesis of ambient music, light and technology, merging into an artwork that changes with barely perceptible transitions: no one else has ever seen what you see in a particular moment.
The garden of the Giant contains contemporary art as well as ancient history and unique pleasures: a place where crystal becomes a holistic experience.
You will discover a venue where you can experience beauty, inspiration and energy, care, and esthetics – and legends. Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the sparkling Crystal Cloud, stroll along the Mirror Pool, and experience playing and climbing with all of the senses in the multiple levels of the playtower.
Kids will definitely awe when facing the 160 crystal-facets playtower… inside they can experience climbing up to 14 meters and even floating. The playtower area, for children of any age, continues into an innovative open-air playground, where little ones are free to enjoy all sort of games, even the most original hide-and-seek in the hand-form labyrinth.
The Swarovski Crystal World hosts events for kids throughout the year as part of the Giant Event Program.
6112 Wattens · Austria
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 a.m. to 18:30, last entry 17:30
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Text by Enrico Fragale Esposito