Magic at Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Magic awaits all who arrive at Swarovski Crystal Worlds. Rather than a revolving door, you enter through a giant’s head and immediately find yourself in a Chamber of Wonder. Or 17 Chambers of Wonder to be precise. Inspired by a sixteenth-century attempt to assemble a universal collection of all the knowledge known at the time, the Chambers of Wonder at Swarovski Crystal Worlds are places of sparkling fantasy designed by a roster of internationally acclaimed artists, designers and architects.
The Giant, image courtesy Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Every one of these crystal-filled chambers is guaranteed to amaze and enchant, but if we had to pick a favourite for 2020, it would be ‘Silent Light’. Filled with 150,000 Swarovski crystals, the centre piece of this romantic winter wonderland is a spectacular crystal Christmas tree, originally designed by Dutch designer Tord Boontje and the late, great, British fashion designer Alexander McQueen for the foyer at the Victoria & Albert Museum. When its brief appearance in London came to an end, Swarovski brought the tree to Wattens where, in 2015, it became the centre piece of the ‘Silent Light’ Chamber of Wonders. Placed on a revolving stage, it casts spellbinding rainbow light reflections around the room.
Silent Light, image courtesy Swarovski Crystal Worlds
And now Tord Boontje has waved his magical wand again to make it snow inside ‘Silent Light’. “Tord wanted to bring another facet of nature to the interior of the Giant,” writes Rebecca Muller in Crystal 06, “and to embellish the idea of the original inspiration for the crystal tree – the frozen pine trees in winter.”
Quite what will greet visitors as they step inside this Chamber is being kept a closely guarded secret, but Tord promises that “it will be the only experience of its kind the world.”
Experience the enchantment for yourself on our Austrian Christmas Market tour. Find out more here