A2 - Nižbor Glassworks

Trip Length: Half-day (3 h)  

Central Bohemia: Glassworks

Description: The history of Rückl Glassworks began in the mid-19th century. In the Rückl family, the craft of glassmaking has been passed down from generation to generation since the 17th century, when the family arrived in Bohemia from Switzerland. Jiří Rückl, one of the family members, proposed a successful privatization project in 1992 and bought off the glassworks. Today, the company produces a wide variety of lead crystal products, such as stemware, vases, carafes, candy dishes and perfume bottles. The tour begins at the glass smelting kilns, where master glassmakers show their art. The shapeless ball of molten glass is hand-blown, transformed into elegant shapes, and made into products intended for export around the world. Then, we can truly admire the craft of the crystal glass cutters. Using nothing but a rough network of outlines, they can engrave the most amazingly complex patterns. After the tour, enjoy a visit to the factory store where we can buy some of this delicate beauty at discounted prices.

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