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

Kamenický Šenov

Classical houses from the end of the 18th century with mansard roofs are typical for a glassmaking town on the border of the Lusatian Mountains and the Bohemian Central Highlands. Glass is a local phenomenon; in 1856 a vocational glass school was founded here, the first of its kind in Europe, which provided training for glass painters and engravers. 

City of glass traditions and crystal chandeliers
Kamenický Šenov and its surroundings are still home to a number of important glassworks, such as the glassworks of the Jílk brothers, Preciosa - Lighting or the Prousek chandelier factory. The traditions of Czech glassmaking and the development of engraved and cut glass from the 17th century to the present day are the focus of the Glass Museum; in addition to the permanent exhibitions, you can also see a collection of crystal chandeliers, exhibitions and a unique collection of works by participants of international symposia of engraved glass.

The famous chandelier maker Elias Palme
Elias Palme (1827-1893) founded a chandelier company in 1849 that supplied lighting fixtures all over the world. The Glass Museum still houses an exceptional exhibit - a glass chair made by Elias Palme's stone and china firm in the last decade of the 19th century for the Maharajah's palace in Hyderabad, India. Original chandeliers from Elias Palme also adorn the interiors of the Baroque Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

To the Rock of Pan to meet the proud princess
A popular excursion destination in the vicinity of Kamenický Šenov is the rock formation Panská skála, known from the film fairy tale Pyšná princezna. Less known is the extensive forest park with the forest spring Žába and a natural swimming pool. In the surroundings of the town you will find cross-country ski tracks and ski lifts in the winter in Práchno and Polevsko, the green trail will lead you to the ruins of Kamenice Castle with a wooden lookout tower.