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


The original village of Dörfl was founded in the 17th century and renamed Harrachov after the owners of the estate in the early 18th century. Today's Harrachov was formed by the merger of the originally separate settlements of Nový Svět and Rýžoviště and Harrachov itself. At the beginning of the 18th century a glassworks was founded in Harrachov, which belonged to the Harrach family. This glassworks made the Krkonoše glassmaking famous all over the world. The tradition of handmade blown, cut, engraved and painted glass was established here. The settlement of Rýžoviště is one of the oldest settlements in the Krkonoše Mountains and was famous for mining ores in the past.

Harrachov is a well-known centre of hiking and winter sports. The whole area is crisscrossed with countless hiking trails, dozens of kilometres of groomed and marked ski tracks, downhill tracks of all levels of difficulty. It lies in the western part of the Krkonoše Mountains in the Krkonoše National Park. It is only a short hop to the Jizera Mountains and Poland. The beautiful nature around Harrachov is undoubtedly its greatest treasure. Discover the magic of the Mumlava waterfall. Take a hike to the source of the Elbe River. As a disciplined visitor, you will be rewarded with the beauty of the nature of the national park.
Numerous hiking and cycling trails offer pleasant hikes through deep forests along mountain streams, unforgettable views from mountain ridges. They are a source of new energy for visitors. In the summer, it offers its visitors tennis courts, mini-golf and nine-hole golf courses, there is also a swimming pool, a campsite with year-round operation, bobsleigh track, children's playgrounds, rope centre, bowling, squash, relaxation centres. There is also the Museum of Glass and Ski Museum, Mining Museum, Forestry and Hunting Exposition of the KRNAP Administration - Šindelka and the Bee Educational Trail of Count Jan Harrach. You will also be able to find the oldest active glassworks in Bohemia with a tradition of handmade metallurgical, cut and painted glass production since 1712. The entire production can be seen during a tour of the glassworks, the history is captured in the glass museum.

Harrachov - a centuries-old tradition of skiing, a world-famous ski jumping and ski flying centre. Traditional organizer of FIS World Cups and World Championships. You can get acquainted with the ski history in the local Ski Museum.