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

Novotny Glass


Tř. T. G. Masaryka 805, Nový Bor
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Opening hours

Museum and Gallery

Tuesday - Saturday 9.00am - 05.00pm


Restaurant Huť

Monday - Thursday 11.00am - 10.00pm

Friday - Saturday 11.00am - 11.00pm

Sunday 11.00am - 10.00pm

Novotny Glass Centrum was established by Petr Novotný (*1952), who studied in Nový Bor to become a glassmaker. He graduated and then started to blow glass in Crystalex. Later he also taught glassmaking. He was constantly working on his skills. Even before the Velvet Revolution, he set up a kiln at his home and started to produce, in his free time, glass objects for conservationists. His production gradually focused on the replicas of historic glasses. Shortly after the revolution, some new employees started to help at the kiln. Petr Novotý also co-founded his own big glasshouse Ajeto in Lindava, led by the director Bořek Šípek. After a quarter of a century, he sold the glasshouse in Lindava in 2017, and the glasshouse in Nový Bor with restaurant Ajeto got a new name – Novotny Glass Centrum and Restaurant Huť. The Centrum was established when P. Novotný opened a unique glass store on the main street. In the basement, new kilns were set up. He later bought neighbouring unused nursery school and started to build the Centrum – glassworks interconnected with restaurant (opened in 2007) and glass museum as well (2009).

Novotny Glass Centrum offers visitors two possibilities of watching glassmakers work. From Tuesday till Saturday, between 9 am – 5 pm, you can visit our Novotny Glass Museum with two floors full of glass art pieces from all over the world (one of the floors is dedicated to IGS symposium). From the balcony, you can also observe what is happening in the glassworks (Novotny Glass Studio), and our guide will be happy to tell you about the production of glass. Our restaurant Huť opens every day from 11 o´clock. Here you can watch the glassmakers through a glass wall while enjoying a good meal and drink. Our shop (Novotny Glass Gallery) has the same opening hours as the Museum, and you will find there unique works of art, as well as glasses, candlesticks, ashtrays and other small things that you can buy for yourself or your loved ones while supporting Czech glassmaking.