Wattens is a market town with 8010 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) in the Tyrolean district of Innsbruck-Land and the headquarters of the Swarovski crystal company. The municipality is located in the judicial district of Hall in Tirol. Wattens is located in the Tyrolean Lower Inn Valley, south of the Inn, about 13 km east of Innsbruck. Part of the Wattental, which leads into the Wattentaler Lizum, also belongs to the municipality.

As a grave find from the Laurentiuskirche and several individual finds show, Wattens and the surrounding communities were already settled in the Late Bronze Age (approx. 12th century BC). From the 5th century, the Latène period and the Fritzens-Sanzeno culture are documented with the settlement and the burnt offering place in the corridor Himmelreich. The settlement went towards the end of the 2nd century BC. By a major fire under.

Newly discovered settlement finds and a coin treasure from a manor from the Roman Empire on the grounds of the Crystal Worlds date from the 3rd century.

Wattens was first mentioned in a document in the years 930/31 as "Vuattanes". The paper mill built in 1559 is considered the oldest in North Tyrol. Another economic boom took place with the settlement of Swarovski in 1895, which led to a strong development of the settlements and greatly changed the former farming community.



Swarovski Kristallwelten, Kristallweltenstrasse 1, 6112 Wattens, Austria. For the centenary of Swarovski’s company, the Austrian artist André Heller built the illusionistic world of glass in 1995 on an artificial hill at the eastern end of the town. Cultural programs like “Music in the Giant” or offers like the “RiesenKinderSpiel” for the youngest visitors make the Crystal Worlds a pulsating center.
Laurentiuskirche. The church in the center of Wattens dates back to Roman times and was first mentioned in a document in 1318. The present church was rebuilt after several fires and consecrated in 1820.
Rätersiedlung Himmelreich. The Rätersiedlung is located on a hilltop between Wattens and Volders. On the settlement area enclosed by a ring wall, the foundations of five buildings can be viewed, which probably represented the heap of a Rhaetian aristocrat. He was from the 4th to the 1st century. inhabited before Christ and was destroyed by fire. The open-air museum can be reached in about 15 minutes on foot and is freely accessible.

Local history and industry museum. The museum offers an insight into the past and present of the communities of Wattens and Volders. It contains the finds from the Rätersiedlung Himmelreich as well as urns with extensive grave goods from 431 graves of the Volderer urn field.
Typewriter Museum. The museum shows over 450 fully functional models from the development of the typewriter. They cover the period from 1884 to the present day and offer interesting insights into the history of the development of the typewriter. Sectional models provide an insight into the function.

Cultural events
Music in the giant. Chamber music in the Swarovski Crystal Worlds.
Tyrolean fairy tale and legends festival. Famous fairy tales and old legends from and around Tyrol are staged in a funny and modern way at the legend and fairy tale festival.

To go biking
The well-known Inn cycle path from Innsbruck to Passau passes in the immediate vicinity, and there are several tours available especially for mountain bikers. These range from leisurely cycle routes to challenging mountain slopes.

in Tyrol's largest nature park, the Karwendel Alpine Park. There are routes of different lengths and degrees of difficulty available. The best known are:
Way of St. James/ Jakobsweg
Eagle Walk/ Adlerweg
Historical circular hiking trail/ Historischer Rundwanderweg

The 10 km long Halltal, which leads from the Inntal into the Karwendel, is the ideal starting point for all kinds of climbing tours. With seven climbing gardens, the Alpenverein Hall offers ideal climbing conditions. The classic routes are of difficulty level 6, a few easier routes are 4 and 5 also available. If you want to get to know the extreme side, you can try routes in the upper 8 and 9 range.