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

Cultural and Information Center Riedel´s Villa Desná


Krkonošská 120, Desná v Jizerských horách


+420 775 685 489


Opening hours


Monday         CLOSED 

Tuesday         9.00 - 12.00   and    13.00 - 17.00

Wednesday    9.00 - 12.00   and    13.00 - 17.00

Thursday        9.00 - 12.00   and    13.00 - 17.00

Friday             9.00 - 12.00   and    13.00 - 15.00

Saturday         9.00 - 17.00

Sunday           9.00 - 15.00    (November - January, Sunday - closed)

Visitors can see Riedel´s Villa, a building that is one of the architectural treasures of our region. It was built by Josef Riedel Jr. (son of “the Glass King” Josef Riedel, the founder of the glassworks in Desná) between 1893 and 1894. He built the house for his wife Paula, in the style of northern Italian architecture. Today, you can find here a cultural and information centre with a library, a permanent exhibition of regional history, period documents and glass.  Another landmark is the Riedel's Tomb, built between 1889 and 1890 by Wilhelm Riedel for his father, Josef Riedel. It is a family tomb, a chapel with a crypt. The remains were cremated in 1962 and stored at the cemetery in Horní Polubné. The family of Riedel is an important glass family that, despite the humble beginnings, managed to build a glass empire dominating the production of glass and jewellery in the Jizera Mountains.