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

Železný Brod

The town of glass, natural beauties and folk monuments is situated on the border of Bohemian Paradise, Giant Mountains and Jizera Mountains. The pleasantly undulating landscape is suitable for easy hiking and cycling. The Jizera River invites to water sports. The location of the town is also suitable for winter sports (cross-country skiing trails, ski slopes in the adjacent villages).

The oldest part of the town has been preserved around the Small Square, which is dominated by the Church of St. James the Greater. Other sights in Železný Brod include the Church of St. John of Nepomuk on the Desert, where traditional St. John's Day pilgrimages are held, and the town museum with two expositions - one of glassmaking (located in the Klemencovsko building on 3rd May Square) and one of ethnography (in the largest and most beautiful timbered building in Železný Brod, called Běliště).

The small square is also the starting point for a walk around Trávnice. The Trávníky circuit will take you to the historical environment of the timbered and brick buildings of the conservation area and the conservation reserve. You will be introduced to many monuments of folk architecture, classical brick houses, sandstone fountains... On the tour, you can also visit the private Museum of Glass Nativity Scenes by Mrs. Alena Kortanová.

In Železný Brod, the Železný Brod Fair takes place regularly in June - stall sales, attractions throughout the town, a rich cultural programme (music, theatre for children,...). In September, the Glass Town event celebrates the glassmaking craft - demonstrations of glassmaking and sales, lectures by glass artists, thematic exhibitions, workshops for children...