If everything around you sparkles and glitters and you don’t even know where to look first, then you have most likely landed in the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Tyrol. Today we tell you everything about this magical and sparkling place and tell you which highlights you should not miss there – especially this summer.
A unique place of fantasy
If you are not yet familiar with the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, we would like to introduce you to this world of wonders. It all started in 1995, when the well-known multimedia artist André Heller came up with something very special for Swarovski’s centenary. He created the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in the shape of a green giant, creating a true wonderland of fantasy where guests can experience crystal in all its facets.
As a child, André Heller imagined giants living in Schönbrunn Palace Park in Vienna, walking around at night and freezing during the day. That’s how the idea for the now iconic giant was born, and after moving around the world, he retired to Wattens. Since then, all the treasures he collected on his travels have been shining and sparkling in his Chambers of Wonder. The concept of those is based on the historic chambers of wonder in Ambras Castle, which in the 16th century was a universal collection that attempted to capture all the knowledge of its time.
For more than 25 years now, one can find a wealth of art and precious objects in the realm of the giant. In the spacious garden, the impressive crystal cloud is reflected in the black mirror water, and in the total of 17 Chambers of Wonder, renowned artists and designers have interpreted the medium of crystal in their very own way. Individual sound and scent concepts turn a visit into an experience for all senses. “Silent Light” whisks guests away to an eternal world of ice: amidst the bone-chillingly cold wind landscape, an icy tree sparkles with 150,000 Swarovski crystals, and at temperatures as low as -10°C, real snow trickles down from above. And in the “Chandelier of Grief” chamber of wonders, the Infinity Mirror Room by Yayoi Kusama allows visitors to immerse themselves in infinity.
The Circus of Dreams
This summer, a very special program awaits you at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds: the almost magnetic attraction of the circus casts its spell over visitors.
From July 24 to August 29, 2021, you can not only experience sparkling works of art, but also meet six artists of the Circus-Theater Roncalli in the spacious garden of the facility. Monsieur Momo, the likable clown, is one of the six artists who will make the circus of dreams come true for you daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with brilliant body control and fascinating stories. It’s showtime a total of sixteen times a day, when the artists shake the laws of gravity and create magical moments out of thin air.
With so much excitement, refreshments are of course a must: Refreshments and summer snacks await you at the food truck in the garden.
Another highlight that we don’t want to deprive you of and that you definitely shouldn’t miss during your visit is the “Carousel” for guests of all ages.
The carousel was created in collaboration with Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. The goal was to create a unique, interactive installation – and that was clearly met. The “Carousel” even won the Wallpaper Design Award in the “Best Ride” category in 2020.
The carousel is an eye-catcher in black and white and contrasts with the lush green of the Swarovski Crystal Worlds garden landscape. Although the modern design makes the carousel a new interpretation, it still retains its nostalgic touch. A total of 15 million Swarovski crystals have been used, which begin to shimmer as soon as the carousel turns in the light, creating a dreamy atmosphere. The fantasy figures on which you can sit are based on traditions and fairy tales, and even if you look closely at the roof and the fencing, you can discover all sorts of imaginative faces. If you are wondering if you can take this carousel for a spin, the answer is yes! The carousel is an experience for the whole family and not only children, but also the young at heart can take it for a spin – or two. You can find the carousel in the southwestern part of the garden, where you can also discover other family-friendly installations, such as the labyrinth by André Heller or the four-story play tower.
We hope we could give you some ideas and inspiration on how to spend an unforgettable visit to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds this summer. Let yourself be enchanted and immerse yourself in a magical world for a few hours! There is nothing better than escaping from everyday life for a sparkling, dazzling time.
All information and tickets at swarovski.com/kristallwelten
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