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Nizbor Glass Factory (Rückl Crystal) Tours and Activities

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Nizbor Glass Factory (Rückl Crystal)
Home to Rückl Crystal, the 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. 

The Basics
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.
Address: Lánská 141, Nizbor 267 05, Czech Republic
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Nizbor Bohemia Glass Factory Trip from Prague

Nizbor Bohemia Glass Factory Trip from Prague

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See how beautiful Bohemia glass, also known as Czech crystal, is made on this half-day factory tour from Prague. Travel by coach to the Czech town of Nizbor and visit a traditional Bohemia glass factory to discover how its leaded crystal glassware is hand made using time-honored techniques. See the molten glass being blown straight from the fiery furnaces; watch skilled artisans hand cut the items into highly decorated vases, glasses, bowls and other pieces; and if you wish, buy some exquisite finished pieces for factory prices at the showroom.
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Glass and Brewery Day Trip from Prague

Glass and Brewery Day Trip from Prague

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Experience two of the Czech Republic’s best-loved traditions—pilsner beer and Bohemia glassmaking—on this day trip from Prague. With an expert guide, head to Plzen, known as Pilsen in German, and the Pilsner Urquell brewery where the legendary beer began life in 1842. Discover how the beer is made and perhaps buy some Pilsner Urquell glassware. After lunch at a Pilsner-themed restaurant, visit the Bohemia glassworks in Nizbor. See how the glass is blown and cut, and finish with the chance to buy some beautiful glassware at factory prices.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour Karlstejn Castle and Crystal Glassworks from Prague

Private Full-Day Tour Karlstejn Castle and Crystal Glassworks from Prague

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Explore the Czech countryside and culture on this 7-hour guided tour of crystal factories and castles. Visit the famous glassworks in Nizbor where they produce world-famous crystal, indulge in a hearty Czech lunch at the restaurant Pod Dračí Skálou before heading to majestic Karlštejn Castle, one of the most fairy tale-looking castles in Europe.
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  • 7 hours
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