Moser Glassworks (Sklárne Moser)
The Czech Republic is famous for its fine crystal glassware, which travelers can admire, learn about, and purchase at Karlovy Vary’s Moser Glassworks. Founded in 1857, the glassworks produces a range of decorative and practical glass pieces using environmentally friendly techniques. Visitors can tour the museum and shop for fine glassware at the Moser Glassworks.
At the Moser Glassworks museum, visitors can learn about the evolution of glass production in Bohemia through the centuries. Displays include examples of very old glass objects, to more contemporary and avant-garde styles. Audio guides are available, or VIP tours can be booked, for a more in-depth experience. Visitors can also tour part of the glassworks and watch skilled artisans in action, blowing and shaping glass objects.
Karlovy Vary is a popular day trip destination from Prague, and can be visited independently or on a guided tour. Tours typically include visits to some of the town’s spa-related attractions, too.
Things to know before you go
- Moser Glassworks is wheelchair accessible.
- Drinks and snacks can be found at the onsite cafe, which has an outdoor terrace overlooking Ludwig Moser Square.
- Tours of the glassworks are limited when the weather is very hot.
- The sales gallery can arrange for purchased pieces to be monogrammed or otherwise personalized.
- Admission to the museum and glassworks is ticketed separately, although combo tickets can also be bought.
- Guided tours take around 50 minutes.
How to get there
The Moser Glassworks is located in Karlovy Vary (also known as Carlsbad, the town’s German name), a spa resort town 80 miles (129 kilometers) west of Prague. The journey takes about two hours by car or bus. Buses leave from Prague’s Florenc bus station.
When to get there
Moser Glassworks is open every day of the week, from morning until evening. The museum is open all day, while the glassworks is only open to visitors from morning to early afternoon. Visitors can’t access the glassworks on Thursdays. Karlovy Vary is an attractive destination at any time of year, but is especially lively during the week-long Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, held in July. If visiting the town at this time, book accommodation and transport as far in advance as possible.
When visiting Karlovy Vary—whether on a day trip or overnight—don’t fail to pass by the 5-star Grandhotel Pupp. Founded in 1701, the lavish hotel has 228 rooms as well as several restaurants, a bar, a spa, and a wellness center. You may recognize the hotel from its role in the James Bond movie, Casino Royale.
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