I was never been on high to visit Swarovski crystal world. Though the visit was on our way towards Innsbruck. Now I still repent of not carrying my camera inside.
Swarovski Crystal world changed my perception, surprised me with it’s magical appearance. Daniel Swarovski, the glass cutter founded a company named “Swarovski” in 1895, later in celebration of 100 years the museum was founded in 1995 with fourteen chambers of wonder. This not only a museum but a museum of art, crystal shop, cafe and a beautiful garden outside. Here is the world’s largest swarovski crystal is on display. .
Where: Located in the village of Watten in the middle of Tirolean mountain, Austria and few miles away in Innsbruck area. We dropped off here on our journey from Salzburg.
Shuttle bus ply from Innsbruck in every hour which will cost you 9.50 EUR for an adult.
Museum opens 8:30 in the morning and closes at 7:30 in the evening. Though summer have extended visiting hours it usually stops entering visitors by 6:30 in evening.
Entry ticket will cost you 19.50 EUR and every child 7.50 EUR. There are many options of ticket category and group pricing. I found it bit costly but well worth spending.
There’s audio guide facility started off late on a price of additional 2 EUR.
Check for opening hours and online tickets below.
There are 17 “chambers of wonder” inside the museum, which will really mesmerise you. Each of them having crystal art work from great international designers.
There is Swarovski’s largest flagship shop with the greatest range and collections of it’s crystals. You would love to browse and buy from the store which was designed by famous Norwegian architectural office Snøhetta is itself stunning.
Austrian artist André Heller, Indian designer Manish Arora, Israeli artist Arik Levy, and Mexican architect Fernando Romero etc.
One of such room contains Crystal globe. You will get to see hundreds of your reflections.
Outside this Crystal world there’s a fairytale like garden on a short hill slope. There are Crystal Clouds comprising of 800,000 hand-mounted Swarovski crystals by landscape artists Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot, installed near a black Mirror Pool, and invite visitors to reflect.
Last but not least, it would be unfair if I don’t mention about restaurant Daniels Kristallwelten. Don’t forget to try their juicy burger, patisserie and many more delectable items.
So I would recommend to keep a half day visit in your itinerary of Switzerland and Austria