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.