Crystal blowing, cutting, shopping in the factory store.
Order Tour Code: C W3
We can take you to the factory that produces
mainly hand cut glass, Bohemian crystal or lead
glass cut to many designs, from simple to very
elaborate decorations. See the great work on
The company built its own sales shop in the Nizbor glassworks’ grounds where visitors can also buy refreshments. In cooperation with travel agents their clients can have guided tours of the glassworks with a professional explanation of the processes.
The factory was returned back to the original family that continues in the famous tradition of glass-making.
The wonderful hand cut glass immediately gaines its admirers.
The prestige of the factory has been succeeded by the interesting ideas from designers and by the skill of glass masters, the glass bowlers and cutters.
The Ruckl Nizbor factory produced hollow glass of all sorts, Bohemian crystal or lead glass, cut glass, coloured and luxury glass, for home , but mainly for export.
They produce wide range of lead crystal, cut to many designs : from simple to the very complex and elaborate decoration. Take a chance to see their great work on your own.
The crystal factory is closed on weekends.
History of the factory
RÜCKL CRYSTAL a.s., is connected to a 300 year long tradition in glass making as a family. The glass making family Rückl came to Bohemia at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries, most probably from what is now Switzerland. Leaving Italy they went through Switzerland and Bavaria into Šumava and then on into eastern and northern Bohemia. Records from 1704 show that Sebastian Rückl, an eminent glassblower, worked as a master glassmaker in Sumava. The direct ancestors of the founder of the Nizbor glassworks settled in the Chrudim region and in 1846 Jan Rückl founded a glass smelter in the then Cyranuv Wostrov. His son, Antonín, then went on to build a glassworks in Vcelnicka near Jindrichuv Hradec in 1875, in Skalice in 1893 and his last and most modern construction was the glassworks built in Nizbor near Beroun in 1903.
After the end of the Second World War the firm, due to its size, was nationalised. In Czechoslovakia there was an organisational concentration of glass production and the nationalised glassworks were incorporated into the newly established national enterprises. Thus the glassworks in Nižbor became part of the national enterprise Český křišťál (Czech Crystal) with its headquarters in Česke Budějovice and later, in 1965, it was placed in the monopoly grouping for leaded glass "Sklárny Bohemia" (Bohemia Glassworks) with its headquarters in Poděbrady. In this period the glassworks in Nižbor set up another two cutting plants one in Annín and one in Vimperk.
The glassworks in Nižbor was designed so that the capacity of its smelter was able to cover the needs of semi-finished glass products for further treatment in both its own cutting rooms and those in Annín and Vimperk. The quality of the work and the extensive range of goods placed the Nižbor glassworks among the best for cut lead crystal in the then Czechoslovakia.
On the 1st of June 1992, on the basis of a winning privatisation project and the consequent purchasing of the plant from the National Property Fund, ing. Jiří Rückl, a direct descendent of the Rückl glassmaking family, became the owner of the Nižbor glassworks. He set up the firm Antonín Rückl a synové s.r.o.,sklárna Nižbor". On the 1st of September 1993 the glassworks in Annín were bought from Sklárny Bohemia a.s., Poděbrady.
In 1996 the firm invested into constructing a modern smelting aggregate, two cooling conveyer furnaces and a control system for running the works. During this construction the heating medium was changed from coal-gas to natural gas. This investment meant a large leap in the quality of the company’s production and its yield. In 1998, on the 30th of September the original company Antonín Rückl a synové, s.r.o., sklárna Nižbor, was transformed into a joint stock company RÜCKL CRYSTAL a.s. which is its legal successor.
1 hour from Prague, W
1)Nizbor crystal factory trip number CW3 - 4hour round trip