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The Swarovski Crystal Worlds – 20 minutes drive from Innsbruck, Wattens in Austria.

The Swarovski Crystal Worlds was created by Andre Heller is only a 20 minutes drive away from Innsbruck, Wattens in Austria.

Overview of The Swarovski Crystal Worlds

• This sparkling fantasy world is definitely worth a visit.
• For the 100 year anniversary of Swarovski, the multi-media artist Andre Heller created a place of true amazement with 14 subterranean Chambers of Wonder In 1995.
• In 2003 and 2007 the home of the crystals extended with new chambers.
• More than 8 million people have been enchanted by this world of experiences.
• This encompasses the full spectrum of art, music, dance and literature.
• This unique crystalline theatre is Austria’s second most visited museum. The first one being Schonbrunn Palace.
• There is a daily bus transfer between Innsbruck and Wattens available.
• The small town of Wattens in Tyrol claimed fame with the World?s leading manufacturer of tacky glass crystals.

• In 1995, the company hired the Viennese artist Andre Heller to design a “theme park” on crystals.
• In collaboration with artists such as Brian Eno, Susanne Schmögner, Paul Seide and others, Heller created an assembly of attractions.
• Within few years, the “Kristallwelten” became Austria?s second-most successful “museum” in Vienna.
• About 500,000 visitors a year stream into the village in Tyrol and the “Crystal Worlds”.
• The park is housed of a green giant that sort of “grows” out of a hill.
• A waterfall emerges from his mouth.
• The waterfall feeds a pond.
• The interiors consist of “Wunderkammern” (“cabinets of marvel”) that were designed by each individual artists involved with the creation.

Crystal-Mania in Tyrol
• In 2003, the Kristallwelten were extended by another seven Wunderkammern.
• The artists in charge were:
– Fabrizio Plessi
– Thomas Feuerstein
– Hans Magnus Enzensberger
– Roland Neuwirth
• On entering the hill-giant, visitors view the “Planet der Kristalle” which is a 3D-projection.
• In the “Kristalldom” or “Crystal Cupola”, a crystal is reflected in 590 small units.
• In the “Kristalloskop”, which is essentially a giant kaleidoscope, supposedly “healing” crystals should send positive frequencies to sensitive housewives and other visitors.
• The Kristallwelten extends outside the giant.
• Here, you will find a maze in the shape of a hand, which will excite children.
• It is worth noting that garden design is among Andre Heller?s key interests.
• There is a small museum of typewriters and a town museum with an exhibition which showcases pre-historic days to industrialization.

Other attractions nearby include:
• Hall
• Schloss Ambras
• Tyrol?s capital Innsbruck
• The medieval mining town of Schwaz
• The villages of Rattenberg and Alpbach
• The Zillertal
• Lake Achensee

What are the Fares?

• Sydney $1877
• Melbourne $1859
• Brisbane $1869
• Adelaide $2440
• Perth $1500
• Darwin $2790

For more information
Swarovski Kristallwelten
Kristallweltenstraße 1
A 6112 Wattens
Ph: 43 5224 51080
Fax 43 5224 51080-3831
Daily – 09:00 bis 18:30 clock
24.12.- 09:00 bis 14:00 clock
31.12.- 09:00 bis 16:00 clock
Last admission 1 hour before closing each

– Price € : 11.00
– Group rate for 10 persons : € 9.50
– Children under 15 accompanied : free
– SCS members : Free
– Crystal Worlds Shop : Free

Places to see in and around Austria

1. Lake Constance
• This is a big lake situated in Vorarlberg.
• This lake is shared with Switzerland and Germany.

2. Kaprun
• This is a part of the Europa Sport Region.

3. Pinswang
• This is one of the most ancient settlements of the North Tyrolean Ausserfern.
• This is on the border with Bavaria.
• It takes a short walk or drive to the famous King Ludwig’s castles.

4. Salzkammergut
St. Anton
• This is a popular ski resort in Austria.
• This resort is on the Vorarlberg-Tyrolean border.

5. Thermenland
• This is one of Austria’s warmest lakes.

6. Zell am See
• This is one of the most important alpine tourist towns in Austria.

7. High Mountain National Park
• This is in the Zimmertal Alps.
• It peaks up to 3476m, narrow gorges and steep cliffs.

8. National Park Thayatal
• This park combines beautiful valley landscapes with a variety of castles and ruined fortresses.

9. Grossglockner
• The country’s highest peak is called Grossglockner.
• It is located on the border between Carinthia and the East Tyrol.
• Grossglockner High Alpine Road, with its gorgeous panorama’s is highly recommended to get a great view.

10. Villgratental
• At the feet of mountain peaks you’ll find luscious valleys.
• This includes Villgratental.

11. River Danube
• The river Danube created some beautiful valley landscapes.
• Here you’ll now find famous vineyards.
• Wachau and Dunkelsteinerwald in Lower Austra are fine (and protected) examples.
• The valley landscapes and hillsides are dotted with countless picturesque villages.

12. Historical places

• Austria boasts a wealth of majestic architecture and historic structures.
• It was long a centre of power in the Holy Roman Empire.
• Here you will find palaces and magnificent city architecture.
• Addition to these you will find grand cathedrals, monasteries and churches.

• This is the country’s capital and most popular destination.
• It is packed with Medieval and Baroque structures.
• Schonbrunn Palace with its 1441 rooms is the absolute highlight.
• Tiergarten Schönbrunn, is the oldest zoo in the world.
• The 12th century St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the most prominent religious building.
• Salzburg combines delightful Alpine surroundings with a beautifully preserved historic center.
• Innsbruck, at the heart of Tyrol is a historical place. The Mariazell Basilica in Mariazell is one of the country’s most visited attractions and an important pilgrimage destination.

Murauer Bier
• The Murauer Brewery has a permament brewing museum.
• Turn up on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
• The tour includes the museum, brew house, a video presentation and a free Murauer beer or lemonade in any of their bars in the town.
• Price: 3€

Judenburg Sternenturm
• There is a (locally) famous planetarium.
• The town also has a town tower.
• It offers views of the entire area.

Burg Riegersberg
• This wonderfully preserved medieval castle is privately owned by the ruling family of Liechtenstein.
• Entry is cheap.
• The castle can be reached by walking up the original access path that winds its way through the castle’s defensive gates.
• There is a cable car which ascends the other side of the hill.

Zotter Chocolate
• Also near, Riegersberg is the Zotter chocolate factory.
• They make all their chocolate in an ethical and organic manner.
• The tour of the factory allows you to taste all of their varieties of chocolate (around 150).

Things to do there:

– Skiing and Snowboarding
– Cycle Touring
– Music
– Movies

• Most trails and mountain huts are maintained by the Austrian Alpine Club.
• Some are run by other equivalent organizations, such as the German, Dutch and Italian Alpine Clubs.
• Mountain huts are meant to be shelters, not hotels.
• During the high season (August), it’s a good idea to book in advance.
• Prices for the night are usually around 10-20€ (half for Alpine Club members).
• Meals and drinks are quite expensive.

Best time to visit / climate

– Austria has a temperate continental climate.
– Summers last from early June to mid-September.
– It can be hot in some years and rainy in others.
– Winters are cold in the lowlands and very harsh in the Alpine region.
– In alpine region the temperatures often drop below -10° C (14° F).
– Winters last from December to March.
– In the Alpine region large temperature fluctuations occur all year round and nights are chilly even in high summer.
– The area around Vienna often experiences strong easterly winds.
– The high season is August.

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How to get to Austria?

1. By plane
• There are 6 airports in Austria with scheduled flights.
• The most important international airport is Vienna.
• This has connection to all major airports of the world.
• Other international airports include Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, and Salzburg.
• They provide domestic flights as well as connections to some European countries.
• Those airports are particularly popular with cheap airlines such as Ryanair.
• For traveling to the western states it is recommended to use the very close Munich airport.
• The most common airports to visit Vorarlberg are Altenrhein (Austrian), Friedrichshafen (Ryanair, Intersky) and Zurich (Swiss).
• If visiting Austria for winter sports, choose airport considering cost and duration for the whole trip (plane+transfer).

2. By Bus
Eurolines Austria has bus schedules from Austria to all major European countries and back.

3. By Car
From Germany
– Motorway A8 from Munich to Salzburg.
– Motorway A93 from Rosenheim via Kufstein to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
– E43 (A96) from Leutkirch via Wangen to Bregenz, Vorarlberg.
– E56 from Regensburg via Passau to Linz, Upper Austria.
From Italy
– Motorway A23 to Villach, Carinthia.
– E54 via Brenner to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
From Slovenia
– E652 to Villach,Carinthia.
– E57 via Spielfeld to Graz, Styria.

4. By Train
• The OBB (Austrian Railways) operate high-speed ICE and RailJet trains from cities like Zurich,Munich,Frankfurt, Passau, and Budapest.
• Eurocity trains are the next fastest trains.
• Regional trains called EURegio and simplyRegionalzug are also avialible from all 8 of Austria’s neighbors.

Austria & the Alps 2000 – 2007 DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Austria Frommer’s Austria

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