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Central Bohemian glassworks: a fragile tradition

16. 11. 2022

2022 marked the International Year of Glass, celebrating the timeless elegance of this transparent marvel integral to our lives. The rich tradition of Czech glass-making, rooted in history, retains its prestige. Even if there were any diminishment, glassmaking is undergoing a Renaissance. Get inspired and explore the Central Bohemian glassworks for a guaranteed unique experience.

Visit Central Bohemian glassworks to observe skilled artisans in action. Gain insights into the lives of glassmaking masters, explore the production stages, and try your hand at traditional techniques. Discover the enchanting world of Czech glassmaking, now on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list since December 2023!

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Workshop in the Rückl Glassworks
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Rückl Glassworks in Nižbor

Explore the Rückl family glassworks in Nižbor, Beroun, where a legacy of superior cut crystal craftsmanship has thrived for over 175 years since its establishment in 1846. This glassworks, with its intriguing evolution, owes its contemporary success to Martin Wichterle, a supporter of Czech brands and the grandson of Otto Wichterle, the renowned inventor of contact lenses. Guided by artistic director Ronny Plesl, also associated with the prestigious Czech Lion film award, Rückl pays homage to traditional Czech glassmaking and historical icons.

During the guided tours of the Rückl glassworks, available in English and lasting around 45 minutes, witness the various phases and traditional techniques of glass production. Advanced reservations are necessary for tours and hands-on experiences, where, for an extra fee, you can try your hand at grinding, taking home your own hand-cut creation, or join a glassblowing session under the guidance of a master, learning to work with the glassblower’s pipe.

As 2023 drew to a close, the indigenous craft of handcrafted glass production earned its place in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, affirming its exceptional quality and esteemed reputation.

Waga Málkov Studio

In the Beroun region, you can peek under the skilful hands of masters in the WAGA Studio in Málkov, where invention is beautifully combined with the rich tradition of glassmaking.

All their products are created with fine craftsmanship. The studio has a small gallery and visitors also have the opportunity to meet the people behind the creation of the local products.

We suggest confirming your visit in advance by phone. The studio is open for visits by appointment, accommodating flexible scheduling even beyond regular working hours, such as evenings or weekends.

František Glassworks in Sázava
František Glassworks in Sázava
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František Glassworks

The dilapidated historical technical monument, the František Glassworks in Sázava, built in 1882 near the local monastery by Josef Kavalír, has been transformed into the Centre of Glass Art.

The centre boasts the largest collection of modern glass in the world, and you further can enrol in one of the glassmaking courses they organise.

Karel and Eva Urbans – glassmakers from the Bohemian Paradise

The family-owned business in Hubálov makes figurines for Nativity scenes, classic table figurines, souvenirs and gifts, specially blown figures, glass beads and much more. Come and see how the figurines are created and become a glassmaker yourself for a moment. They offer tours and workshops.

Unlike some other countries, Czech glass production incorporates a wide range of techniques. In addition to the traditional making of Christmas ornaments, it includes blowing, cutting, painting, crafting wound beads, producing tubes, making jewelry rods, and handling the preparation and manufacturing of various glass materials.

Crystal Bohemia Glassworks
Crystal Bohemia Glassworks
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Crystal Bohemia Poděbrady

Central Bohemian glass is also thriving in Polabí. Explore the glassworks, which was founded at the beginning of the 18th century and has significantly influenced the global glassmaking industry over time. Czech cut crystal belongs amongst the best that has been created in this field.

One of the glassworks with a long tradition can be found in Poděbrady in Central Bohemia. Enjoy a visit to the spa town and treat yourself to a tour of the glassworks. You will uncover, among other things, the secret of the emergence of a fragile beauty that has no parallel.

The Crystal Bohemia Glassworks is the largest manufacturer in the Czech Republic and ranks among the global leaders in the production of lead and lead-free glass.

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Transforming bottles into glasses
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The endless journey of glass

Do you need convincing about the endless cycle of glass? The SRNA studio in Vrané nad Vltavou deals with glass recycling. The ecological and design project gives glass a new life. Using traditional glassmaking methods, old glass packaging is transformed into original stylish utility objects. All handmade, with respect to nature and sustainable development.

There are many more glassworks in Central Bohemia

The small, family-owned Artcristal Bohemia Glassworks in Velký Osek also continues the tradition of Czech glassmaking and creates original glass products. They manufacture decorative glass products, namely for interior decoration. Original sports trophies are also made there.

Tom Bohemia Crystal in Bělá pod Bezdězem is now one of the largest manufacturers of handmade cut crystal in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1931 and, after a forced suspension, production was restored in 1990.

Broušení skla ve sklárně Glasstar Nenačovice
Glasstar Nenačovice Glassworks
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The Sázava Kavalierglass factory will show you what types of glass we need in our lives and cannot imagine living without. The glassworks, founded at the beginning of the 19th century, makes glass packaging including bottles and cosmetic flasks, windows and mirrors, laboratory glassware, industrial equipment, custom products as well as design products such as chandeliers. With a smelting capacity of over 220 tonnes of molten glass per day, the glassworks is the largest manufacturer of borosilicate glass in the world.

Glasstar, in Nenačovice in the Beroun area, might have only been founded in 1996 but it wittingly follows the centuries-old Czech glassmaking tradition and has managed to win both fame and recognition in the short time of its existence. The glassworks, which mostly manufactures original souvenirs, was literally founded on an open air building-free green meadow with only a small melting furnace . Find out more on a tour of the factory.

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