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Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
November 28, 2010
From journal Austria
Los Angeles, California
September 5, 2006
Some of the exhibits can be disorienting, especially to younger children--ours and those around us were more frightened by some of the exhibits than fascinated by them. Our family had more fun outside of the display hall (the "giant") in the park-like grounds and playgrounds. I'd recommend this place for people who are more interested in an art display, but I am not sure I'd recommend this for families with small children.
From journal Quick Trip to Innsbruck
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
October 17, 2004
As well as the factory where crystal is produced and shipped all over the world, Swarovski has turned their site into a major tourist attraction with the Kristallwelten or Crystal World Museum. Museum might not be the right word, instead Kristallwelten is more a combination museum/art gallery/exhibition hall and even that doesn’t quite paint a true picture. Most of the exhibits and displays are very contemporary, even futuristic and at times I was a bit lost trying to understand the message or significance of some of the displays.
The entrance was very eye catching, fronted by a large topiary sculpture of a giant’s head, complete with waterfall flowing from the mouth. Inside, The Crystal Wall was filled with hundreds of crystalline shapes that provided a sparkly backdrop to highlighted crystals at opposite ends of the size scale - the world’s largest at 300,000 carats as well as the smallest, a mere .00015 ct.
Then we were led behind thick black curtains on a one way trip through a number of exhibits including the Crystal Dome with its 580 mirrors lining the walls and the Crystal Forest with wooden and crystal pieces hanging from the ceiling. Some rooms tempted me to linger, especially one that had a jungle theme happening with giant crystal clam shells, a zebra statue in bright red crystal shoes and a cape covered with a colourful parrot motif.
The Meditation Room, called the Eno Room after Brian Eno of Roxy Music fame, featured ambient music with flowing environmental sounds in tonal sequence and was quite a relaxing place. Another room was filled with larger than life pieces supposedly belonging to the giant from the Kristallwelten entrance. A giant sized ring and accordion, complete with crystal keys were particularly impressive.
Our tour ended in the extremely crowded shop where my sister and niece were like kids in a candy store as they ooh’d and aah’d over a giant sized selection of crystal jewellery and gifts. During their shopping expedition I checked out the adjacent Prometheus Dome where a temporary exhibit called "Crystal Architecture in Expressionism & Sci Fi" had stills from some pretty cheesy B movies.
Kristallwelten is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Admission is €8 per person with €2 refunded on purchases over €8. While the shop didn’t have any real bargains compared to the Swarovski retail outlets we’d seen, it certainly had the largest selection. For those who just want to shop, you can do that without paying admission and there is a café on site if you need a break from shopping.
From journal Traipsing through the Tyrol
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 28, 2004
I must admit that I wasn’t particularly interested in going to Swarovski, but after I went I was glad I had seen it for several reasons. First, the museum is pretty interesting. You go through several rooms and see crystal integrated into art in very interesting ways. I particularly enjoyed the crystal chamber. It was a globe-shaped chamber with crystal mirrors covering the walls. When you walked in the room, your voice echoed in an eerie way and your images on the walls changed regularly. It was like something out of a James Bond movie. I also liked some of the art and the creativity that went into several of the rooms. It was also interesting to get the history of Swarovski.
Second, I had seen the "giant" fountain in several brochures and wanted to see it in person. The "giant" fountain is shaped like the head of a giant with crystal eyes and water flowing from his mouth. You walk into the giant’s head to visit the museum.
Third, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the crystal products sold in the store. It had everything from jewelry and clothes to ornaments and everything else you can imagine. The one constant, crystal, was a part of everything.
Finally, I had a pleasant meal in the Luna Café. I was very surprised at the quality of food and would recommend eating there. All said, I would recommend the Swarovski Crystal Worlds if you are interested in crystal, want to buy a crystal product, or you are passing by the area and want to see something that is a little bit different.
You can find the website here.
From journal Fun and Games in Seefeld
Port Angeles, Washington
March 20, 2004
The trip begins before even entering the building. At the entrance, visitors meet the Giant, who guards everything inside. The Giant is a waterfall-spouting green head who is quite impressive. Inside, guests are immediately given drinks – I highly recommend the champagne/gin/triple sec concoction. It helps to prepare for what lies ahead.
The introduction room contains the world’s largest and smallest cut crystals. Also impressive is the crystal wall, which is 42 meters long and 11 meters high. It is made of 12 tons of cut crystals, equal to Swarovski daily production.
From the introduction hall, visitors move into the Chambers of Wonder. This is where the trip turns “trippy.” The first chamber is a 3-D projection that is supposed to represent the “history of the world in crystalline metaphors,” according to the brochure. The second area is a mirrored dome with 590 facets and interesting acoustics. I didn’t quite understand the next chamber… something to do with crystals and healing.
Next came the crystal theatre, where we are instructed to use our imagination, and think that anything is possible. This was a very interesting area, as was the next room – the Giant’s room. This is a display of the Giant’s personal objects. I absolutely loved the giant accordion, which plays music and the keys light up with the song. Other chambers included one of crystal-related modern art, the high-tech world networking room, and the enchanted forest. All areas strive to engage all of your senses.
These chambers were made to provide “a magical experience, an escape from everyday life.” Indeed this is achieved.
After finishing in the Chambers of Wonder, guests have the opportunity to purchase crystal products in a beautiful and sparkling shop (prices €3-thousands). Swarovski crystal is known worldwide for superior quality – as well it should as it was Daniel Swarovski who invented the first machine in 1892 to precisely and perfectly cut crystals. The company was founded in 1895, after which it continued to pioneer new processes and products, and grew to have production locations in 12 countries.
The Swarovski Crystal Worlds tourist attraction was originally built in 1995 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company. The number of visitors took the company by surprise, with 5 million by September 2003. The original Crystal Worlds was expanded and improved to accommodate the huge number of tourists, resulting in the interesting world that I have described above.
Excellent food is available at the Luna Room Restaurant. It is easy to visit Swarovski Crystal Worlds by using the Sightseer Tourist Shuttle. Entrance is less than €6, and is free with the Innsbruck Card (see Overview).
From journal An Average Ski Jane goes to the Alps