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 town was founded in the middle of the 13th century by Jaroslav and Havel of the Markvartice family. Its history is linked to important noble families who built their residences in the area, such as Valdštejn Castle or Hrubý Rohozec Chateau. The Wallenstein family acquired the Wallenstein Castle from the Markvartice family and later, after its burning down, Albrecht von Wallenstein himself. Gradually, the town developed into an important centre of trade and crafts, which was linked to Duke Albrecht von Wallenstein.

The cutting of precious stones and the unique production of jewellery made from Bohemian garnets made Turnov famous all over the world. In 1884, a professional jewellery school was founded here, the only one of its kind in Europe. The expositions of the Museum of Bohemian Paradise offer a unique opportunity to get to know Turnov and the entire region. There is also the Turnov Synagogue in the town, which is a unique monument. It is one of the few original synagogues in North Bohemia that survived the Second World War. 

Turnov is considered the centre of the Bohemian Paradise. The panorama of the town is formed by the towers of churches, the most prominent of which is the tower of the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. Around the town there is a large number of natural sights and historical attractions - rock towns, caves, castles, chateaux and folk architecture. Turnov is the starting point of a large number of hiking and cycling trails. The Jizera River flows through the town.