Glaskunst im Bayerischen Wald
Glaskunst im Bayerischen Wald

Glass-Art in the Bavarian Forest

In the bordering region to Bohemia in the East of Bavaria, glass art has a century-old tradition. The art is in a so-called glass works to create a work of art or a commodity from a piece of molten glass for everyday use.

This craft is one of the oldest in the world. It requires a lot of experience, because the glass blower must be very nimble-fingered in order to produce the desired shape. The ovens needed wood and that was and is abundant in the Bavarian Forest.

Even the sand that was melted in the furnace and then released the liquid glass mass was to be found here. As a result the Bavarian Forest was the ideal location for the production of glass. The individual glass works made a reputation for themselves far beyond the region of the Bavarian Forest. Two of the most famous glass factories are located in Bodenmais and Arnbruck.

Especially Joska Kristall in Bodenmais is not only known in Germany, but also overseas. The company specialized in the manufacturing of glass cups for large sporting events several years ago. You can admire these beautiful, sculpture-like pieces of art glass in Alpine sports. In the Weinfurt glass village in Arnbruck   in the Bavarian forest live and work around 170 professionals (artists, craftsmen, engineers, merchants, decorators, florists ...) between the poles of tradition and innovation glass works.   Great emphasis is put on creativity and as a result of the exchange of ideas with visitors something new is created every day.  

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