Home to Ruckl Crystal, Nizbor Glass Factory carries on the tradition of making the high-quality Czech glass and crystal that was originally known as Bohemian crystal. All stages of production are carried out here, including glass blowing, painting, crackling, and cutting. Champagne glasses, bowls, plates, vases, perfume bottles, and lamps are just a few of the items you’ll see made.
Although some of the Ruckl’s wears stays in the Czech Republic, most is exported around the world. On a tour of the factory, which you can access by coach from Prague, you can learn about the 300-year-old tradition of Bohemian glass and crystal making. You’ll see the molten glass being blown straight from the fiery furnaces and watch artisans hand-cut the products with amazing skill and precision.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Nizbor Glass Factory is a must-visit for those with an interest in craft and heritage.
- The factory has a showroom where you can purchase crystal at a discount.
- Tours of the factory typically last around 45 minutes.
- Some organized tours from Prague include also visit to the nearby Pilsner Urquell Brewery.
How to Get There
The factory is around a 35-minute drive from the center of Prague. Take highway D5 toward Pilsen and turn off at Exit 14. Alternatively, skip the hassle of driving by visiting on an organized tour from Prague—many even include pickup and drop-off from your hotel.
When to Get There
The factory is open to visitors from Monday through Saturday, morning to afternoon, year-round. Outside of the peak summer months, however, opening hours are shortened and Saturday visits need to be booked in advance. Check before you go.
History of the Glassworks
The Ruckl Family Glassworks has being producing cut crystal since 1846, with techniques passed down through generations and surviving two world wars and the communist nationalization of all family businesses. The Nizbor factory has been in operation since 1903.