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Arbeitskreis Glasstrasse c/o Tourismusverband Ostbayern e.V.
Luitpoldstr. 20
93047 Regensburg

Crystal Road
Fascinating worlds of glass and crystal

The Crystal Road is a relatively new tourist route. It has a stunning backdrop, a sea of spruce, Scots pine and beech trees interspersed with wild flowers in the largest contiguous area of mountainous woodland in central Europe. The process of producing glass - a mystical, magical material - involves fire and glowing heat, a potent contrast with the cool and tranquil beauty of the landscape. Visitor tours are available at numerous glassworks, workshops and art glass manufacturers. There are also sumptuous displays of glass in museums and galleries along the route. Many glass-decoration workshops have large showrooms where visitors can admire and purchase a wide range of glassware. To mention just a couple of examples, between Weiden, Oberviechtach and Rötz, the route leads through what was once the "land of the mirror cutters". The most magnificent crystal chandeliers are produced in Arnbruck. In the town of Bodenmais is where you’ll find JOSKA, the world’s #1 company producing glass/crystal trophies and awards for high class sporting events. Music festivals with a glass theme and glassmaking festivals take place all along the route. Glass is a fascinating material - transparent, sparkly and endlessly versatile. But it is also more than that. Glass is also about fantasy, art, technology, history and the modern era.

The world of glassmakers and gallery owners who specialize in glass is as colorful and complex as glass itself, with its myriad shapes and colors and infinite variety. This "glass forest" offers attractions not only for lovers of the fine arts but also for walkers, cyclists and winter sports enthusiasts. There is always something interesting to do. Bavaria's famous cuisine means a wonderful choice of culinary treats all along the route. The Crystal Road combines the "glass forest" with the Bavarian Forest and the Upper Palatinate Forest, a walker's paradise with lots of fresh, healthy air. Now it's your turn - you can only fully appreciate the Crystal Road if you come and experience it for yourself.

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Basic information

  • Length
    186 miles (300 kilometers)
  • Themes
    The art of glassmaking, handmade glass, nature, culture

Highlights in brief

  • Neustadt an der Waldnaab
    European lead crystal museum, municipal and glass museum (3ft-tall cut and engraved gold ruby flashed vase)
  • Pössberg
    Glass smelting furnace museum
  • Viechtach
    Glass barn
  • Regen
    Glass forest
  • Weiden
    "Shopping capital" for glass and porcelain
  • Frauenau
     Glass museum and different glassworks  
  • Passau
    Town on three rivers, glass museum with the world's largest Bohemian glass collection
  • Arnbruck
    Weinfurtner - Glass Village
  • Bodenmais
    The Crystal Experience JOSKA Crystal
  • Zwiesel
    Glass Academy and many glassworks