Precious stones from the Bohemian Paradise

The brothers Jan and Václav Fišers from Turnov. Their alleged voyage to Venice, five years of efforts to seize the local secret of secrecy, return to Turnov, dozens of wasted attempts and then - finally success! In 1711 they made the first glass for the production of artificial stones.


It was in 1712, when Elias Müller built his glassworks on the estate of the Harrach Counts in Jilemnice. It continued in the traditional production of glass, which was produced on the border of the Giant Mountains and the Jizera Mountains in the middle of the 14th century. Even today, you can see not only metallurgical production and blowing glass, but also a hundred-year-old grinding shop. It is driven by a water turbine and transmissions used to distribute the driving force.


Elias Palme, one of the most famous luminaire manufacturers, continued the tradition of chandeliers in Kamenický Šenov. Industrial production of chandeliers was started in 1724 by Josef Palme in Prácheň.


Surely you would not find in the whole Principle and in the broad surroundings of a person who would say a crooked word about Jan Šourek. After all, it was as if he had come to the Principle of Prosperity and Welfare. As soon as he took possession of the reeve, life in the village began to turn for the better. He was one of the first to venture into the world for business.


Josef Riedel, king of the Jizera Mountains glassmakers, was born in Hejnice in 1816. He was the representative of the sixth generation of the glass family and imprinted his footprint indelibly on the slopes of the Jizera Mountains.



Josef Pfeiffer - Jablonec entrepreneur and mayor, who was involved in the development of jewelery exports. Everything is confirmed at the imperial court and in 1866 Jablonec became a town during his reign.

BLOWN BEAD and its way to the tree

People can make sense of time and numbers, but not us, beads. However, I have heard that they have been blowing me in the mountains for more than a hundred years. As a bead would put it, that is a long time. You, who have never seen how a bead is born, you don´t know how beautiful life can be....


In 1920 the first Czech glass school was founded in Železný Brod, thanks to which the town became a center of glass art.


Inspired by Crystal Valley

Czech Christmas decorations enchant the Netherlands

Christmas ornaments from the workshops of four leading Czech manufacturers of Christmas decorations Glassor, Rautis, Ornex and Jana Straková from the Glass and Jewellery Manufacturers Association decorate Christmas trees in five locations in the Netherlands, e.g. in the Bata shop in Best, in the hotel lobby in Groningen or in the European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk.

The project of the CzechTourism Benelux and the Czech Centre in Rotterdam, in cooperation with Crystal Valley, presents traditional and modern Czech glassmaking and at the same time supports the Czech Centre's exhibition "Christmas Treasure" at the National Museum of Glass in Leerdam. In addition, the upcoming third weekend of Advent will see a workshop by Rautis, where the Dutch will be able to try their hand at making beaded ornaments, which are listed as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

At the same time, the CzechTourism Benelux foreign representation also launched a media promotion in the Dutch media. "We have combined the presentation of Czech glassmaking and Christmas customs with an invitation to visit Advent and winter in the Czech Republic. Prague has long been a very interesting citybreak destination for the Dutch, we have very good air connections, which have been strengthened by Vueling since December," said Petra Palečková, Director of the CzechTourism Benelux foreign representation.

The plan is to expand this successful project to Belgium next year. "Moreover, the theme of Czech Christmas corresponds with the main marketing theme of CzechTourism, which will be traditions," added Petra Palečková, adding that in Brussels the event would also raise the profile of the Czech Republic as the EU Presidency country.