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The prestigious glass making industry in Czechia

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Czechia is not only known for its culture, architecture and beer, but also for its glass making industry. The glass industry makes a large part of the Czech economy, business and trade. The "Czech glass making" has a great reputation worldwide and it is particularly showcased through decorations, as well as jewellery. 

Whether you would like to learn how to make glass, or simply buy a nice souvenir to bring home, then make sure you include some of the glass attractions to your visit while in the country. The glass making industry comes from the northern part of Czechia, due to its abundance in raw materials, such as sand and wood. Should you wish to take an excursion and visit the northern part of Czechia, then make a stop in Karlovy VaryJablonec, Novy Bor or Zelezny Brod, which are all known towns for glass making and have a large presence of glass making shops. 

Some of the top Czech glass brands are Moser, Preciosa and the world famous Swarovski. The Moser glassmaker is located in Karlovy Vary- a must visit town when in Czechia. Moser is known for its production of hand made crystal without lead, such as glasses with various colours, designs, engravings and special crystals. These glasses are a true piece of art! When in Karlovy Vary make sure you also visit the Moser Glassworks Museum, which will take you through more than a century long history of glass making and crystals.    

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Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary, Czechia
Moser Glassworks Karlovy Vary
Moser Glassworks Karlovy Vary
Kpt. Jaroše 46/19, Dvory, 360 06 Karlovy Vary, Czechia

Crystalex is another major world glass producer located in Novy Bor, which is one of the main towns for glass production as well as for prestigious glassmaking schools. A special place worth visiting in the same town is Ajeto restaurant, which is also connected to a glass workshop and belongs to the famous Czech architect and designer, Borek Sipek

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Ajeto restaurant
Ajeto restaurant
Tř. T. G. Masaryka, 473 01 Nový Bor, Czechia

"Preciosa" comes from a small town called Jablonec, and is known for its sparkly appearance. The items they produce are rather luxurious and include jewellery, stones decorations and stunning chandeliers. When in Jablonec, make sure to visit the glass and jewellery museum, which is the only of its kind in the entire country and dates back to 1904.   

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Glass and jewellery museum Jablonec
Glass and jewellery museum Jablonec
U Muzea, 466 01 Jablonec nad Nisou, Czechia

I’m sure most of you have already heard and come across a Swarovski store. The brand has its origins in Czechia, even though its production lines are now distributed in dozens of different countries worldwide. The founder, under the name Daniel Swarovski, comes from the northern part of the country, but soon after starting his glass making work,  moved his business to Austria. 

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If you don’t intend to travel beyond Prague, stay assured, since most of these brands and manufacturers have their shops in the capital city, too. After all, glass making and Czech crystals are a major symbol of the country and its "arts industry". Make sure you don’t fall into any tourist traps and visit genuine glass shops of premium quality.       


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My name is Maša, born in Croatia but grew up in Prague. I have a great passion for gastronomy, yoga and languages. Follow my journey, as we travel through Denmark and Czechia.

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