Getting around Budapest is a joy in itself. The old world decor fuzes alongside sci-fi inspired stations to create a mix of atmospheres perfect for a time-travel film! The subway is simple yet efficient, with each station having a feel of its own.
The main Keleti Train Station is another in a great tradition of grand stations along the European Rail lines; and a wonderful way to enter the city.
9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Last admission at 5:30 pm
Take the train to Innsbruck from Vienna or Zurich or even Verina (italy) or come via plane – however you need to come, the trip to Innsbruck is worth Kristallwelten alone! (a local bus will drop you directly in front of Kristallwelten).
(above Left photo Anatol Jasiutyn) The Giant by André Heller
(above photo Swarovski) Poseion’s Puzzle
(above right photo Marc Gilsdorf ) Christal Forrest, installation by video artist Fabrizio Plessi representing the powers of fire water and christal
(above photo Anatol Jasiutyn) Entrance Hall by André Heller
(above photo Stefan Olah) Christal Dome by André Heller, Brian Eno and Susanne Schmogner
(above Left photo Anatol Jasiutyn) Wintertraum
In 1995 to cellebrate the occasion of the 100-year-jubilee of the company, an installation of lasting value, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds was created.
(above Left photo Stefan Olah) Reflections (above right photo Stefan Olah) Laviathan by Thomas Feuerstein
(above Left photo Mario Katzmayr) Elapsing Time by Salvador Dali (above right photo Marc Gilsdorf) one of the Christal theatre creations by Susanne Schmogner
In 2003, under the direction of André Heller, Swarovski brought together innovative interpretations of renowned international artists through the medium of multi-faceted crystalline colours. Creative forms merge with the world of scent and sound into a kaleidoscope for all the senses.
The mind-blowing installations include works by Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Chagall, Miro, Keith Haring and Niki de Saint Phalle, Susanne Schmogner,Thomas Feuerstein, Fabrizio Plessi, Brian Eno, Alexander McQueen, Toord Bontje, Hans-Magnus Enzensberger, André Heller.
“Just as the crystal stands as an age-old symbol for change and transformation, the Crystal Worlds are continually extended, redesigned and transformed, in order to create new space for dreaming. They invite, far from everyday life, to a magical experience. Within the interior of the “Giant”, fascinating Chambers of Wonder, the so-called Crystal Stage, the largest world-wide Swarovski Shop,” (From vacation in Austria
(above photo Swarovski) Christal Stage designed by Sir Terrence Conran
At the end of the journey one finds themselves in the shop – a dazzling maze where an extensive array of crystal shapes and colours mesmerizes & tantalizes you ….. we were trapped for about an hour!
(above photo Swarovski) Café Luna
Café-Luna (now renamed Café-Terra) is a place to relax with a perfect pumpkin soup and Gulash – Austrian specialties. Here five original Picasso’s adorn the walls! There is also the Zero private dining room.
If you are anywhere near Innsbrück – make the Swarovski Krystallwelten a destination. It is truly a marvel.
(above photo Anatol Jasiutyn)overall view of the site