Swarovski Kristallwelten is a place you just have to see to believe!
I’ll admit I am a huge fan of jewels and have spent a fair amount of time visiting the crown jewels in more than one city! So it was with great anticipation that I set out to discover more about crystal making and to feast my eyes on some beautiful gems! I was expecting a display much like the gems section of the National History Museum in Washington DC or the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London or even the Bavarian Crown Jewels housed in the Treasury of the Residenz in Munich Germany .
Boy was I wrong!
On my first day, I hopped on the bus to the Crystal World in Wattens, which is about a 20 minute ride from Innsbruck.
The grounds of the Swarovski Kristallwelten are beautiful and include a very nice park with playground equipment for children plus awesome views. Upon arriving you will be greeted by a giant complete with crystal eyes and a waterfall flowing out its mouth.
Swarovski Crystal World is free with the Innsbruck Card, so I was able to pass through the turnstiles entering the giant’s world and embark on my journey through the universe of crystals.
Instead of a grand display I found flying mannequins, strange art, legs suspended from a device while tap dancing and a mechanical theater hosting a very strange fashion show. I actually felt that I was in the middle of a Tim Burton movie! The displays and art were created or inspired by artists including Brian Eno and Andy Warhol, which should have been my first hint that this was notgoing to be what I was expecting.
What you will find at Swarovski Kirstallwelten is a mixture of art, music and magic that is supposed to trigger all your senses. If you like modern art, this may be the place for you. To me it was just bizarre.