Czech glass is one of the most known (after beer) product of this country. Often bought as a souvenir during trips. There are many places where you can learn about glass production. Today I will write to You about the Moser glassworks and the museum located next to it.
Location and sightseeing
The Moser glassworks and museum are located in Karlovy Vary (Kpt. Jaroše 46/19). We can visit the museum, glassworks or both. If we choose the museum itself, the ticket will cost 80 CZK (normal) or 50 CZK (reduced price). If only the visit to the steelworks is 120 and 70 CZK and a combined ticket 180 and 100 CZK. You can buy tickets on the spot or make phone reservations or e-mail. A large parking lot is available in front of the complex.
Czech glass has always been appreciated in the world for many years. We can select several regions that have specialized in this area. Glasses, jewellery or chandeliers are just some of the crystal products. I think everyone heard about glass from Jablonec? There are more such places and Moser is a perfect example. Currently, Czech glass is not only a classic but also an excellent material for designers and designers of modern art. Despite the fact that I like these latest creations, I would like to look after some “classic” products too. Wine glasses or whiskey glasses look great.
Before visiting a glassworks, it is worth visiting the museum next to it. It presents the 160-year history of Moser glass. You will find such a variety of glassware, but also information about famous people who visited the glassworks or used its products. The exhibition is not large, but there are many exhibits on it. You can use audio guides and a movie at the exhibition.
The museum has a statuette, which is awarded to the winners of the Film Festival held in the Karlovy Vary. The glass ball, which is its element, is produced at the Moser glassworks.
The part of the museum that we can visit before the entrance to the glassworks is the exhibition concerning the entire glass production process. On the boards, we have illustrated the next stages of production, and in the display cases, we will find the effects of individual technological processes.
Moser glassworks was founded in 1857. Already 20 years after its creation, its products appeared at the court of the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I. However, this was not the only situation where the Moser products appeared at the royal places. They were also met at the court of King Edward VII and the Shah of Mozaffar ad-Din. Moser has 4 brand stores where their products are available.
As in all glassworks, the furnaces are never extinguished. The temperature in the hall is high and you can meet employees drinking beer. It is non-alcoholic, but it “kills” thirst well. The work takes place in teams under the direction of a master.
After the product has been made and accepted by the master, specially designated people take them to the stove, in which they slowly cool down. After cooling, another quality control passes.
Moser does not use lead in the production of glass. It offers colored glass (dyed with oxides) and “engraved”. The most interesting were carved crystals, whose production takes over a month.
Definitely worth it! I have already visited a few glassworks and I am fascinated every time how glass is made. Both the Moser glassworks and the museum next to it is a place that will amaze you. Produced products are beautiful, but not cheap – you can definitely enjoy them!