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

Stations of the Cross at the Church of St. Anne

The Way of the Cross of Reconciliation at the Church of St. Anne was blessed in Dětřichov near Frýdlant on 18 November 2023.

Fourteen stops in the form of glass sculptures were designed and created by glassmaker Josef Novotný from the Spider Glass glassworks in Heřmanice near Frýdlant in the Crystal Valley. The glass sculptures are placed on the original sandstone pedestals where the Stations of the Cross were painted in the last century. According to the mayor Martina Kohoutová, it has not been in its place since 1935.

The idea of restoring the Stations of the Cross came from the Dětřichov Ornamental Society together with German natives. Dětřichov supported the restoration because the Stations of the Cross are in the church garden, which belongs to the municipality. The project was funded by a grant from the Czech-German Future Fund, and the German natives also contributed. (Through the chairwoman of the Dětřichov Ornamental Society Monika Filová.) The largest part of the money was paid by Dětřichov from the municipal budget.

The glass paintings were made in the Spider Glass factory using the so-called fusing method, i.e. glass blowing. "The individual panels are about 40 cm wide and 60 cm high," says Josef Novotný. I wanted the Stations of the Cross to be different from the usual ones, I wanted to avoid baroque motifs. I took a modern approach, I used brighter colours. I depicted the whole biblical story in a simple way. The glass panels were then fitted into the existing niches of the sandstone columns. Now I'm just looking forward to the visitors' reactions."

"It's wonderful. We are very happy about it, it was a wonderful collaboration," says Martina Kohoutová, the mayor of Dětřichov. The colour design was also by Josef Novotný. We hope that the Stations of the Cross will increase tourism and that people will be able to see the garden."

In the future, the municipality is also preparing to turn the church garden into a public recreation park.