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

Museum of the Bohemian Paradise in Turnov


Skálova 71, Turnov


+420 481 322 106


Opening hours


daily except Monday
May – September 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October – April 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Museum of the Bohemian Paradise in Turnov specializes in gems and its processing (stonemasonry), which is a typical craft in the region. You can find here geological-mineralogical exposition that introduces the colourful world of minerals. The examples of cut and engraved gems represent the technology of processing. You will be able to see some historic jewellery as well, accompanied by jewellery that has been produced since 1984 for the International Jewellery Symposiums in Turnov. In an underground treasury, there you can find an exhibition of luxurious historical jewellery set from the collection of Turnov School of Applied Arts. The museum is a living institution that actively and interestingly introduces the history, revives traditions and crafts by organizing craft workshops, provides entertaining and educational programs for children and adults. An attractive destination has become an exposition of mountaineering – “From the Czech Paradise to the Tops of the World”. It is a new outstanding exhibition for lovers of rocks and mountains. It is the only permanent exhibition of its kind in the Czech Republic. There, you can also try climbing without belaying on our boulder. We are looking forward to seeing you!