The first mention of Jablonec nad Nisou dates back to 1356, but permanent settlement only took place in the 16th century when the first glassworks was set up in Mseno and the first small church was built. The city has a long tradition of producing famous Bohemian glass. All types of glass products from high-quality wares to inexpensive imitation jewelry and ornaments are made here. Glass manufacture is traditionally carried on in small units from cottage forges. Examples of glasswork are exhibited in the city’s Museum of Glass and Jewelry.
The dominant features of the city are the art nouveau buildings and private villas, mainly in the Podhorska Street. Already in the 16th century, the first craftsmen started the glass industry, which has been of a great meaning for the city even to these days. Collections and subjects of the glass industry as well as jewellery can be seen in the Museum on the Jiraskova Street. Worth seeing are also the catholic churches of the city, the city theater and the city hall, as well as the dam and the former city streetcars.
Museum of Glass and Jewellery
Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec is situated in the wonderful Art Nouveau building which has its wealth of collections on display there. By visiting the exhibitions there you will be able to take a peek into the deeper contexts. Ladies will especially be thrilled with the exhibition “Everlasting Desire for Beauty – Jewellery of Three Millennia” with historical jewellery and fashion accessories, some of which are almost 3,000 years old. If you enjoy the excursion to this world of fragile beauty, you can continue in the Belveder Gallery which is located in the Baroque building.
Hotels: Apart Hotel Jablonec, Hotel Merkur, Hotel Brizky
Sights: Vranov Pantheon, Prehradni Nadrz Mseno, Nova Radnice