The newest blowing room in the Kingdom of Crystal, in Örsjö outside Nybro. Mikael Johansson became a master glassblower when he was 24 years old. Until 2004 he worked as a glassblower in the art glass workshop at Orrefors Glassworks. Subsequently he has worked at Pukeberg Glassworks, where he created his own everyday glass and art glass.
Bergdala is the only glassworks that still has a blowing room made entirely of wood. Visitors are welcome in to experience the genuine blowing room environment. The shop is right next to the blowing room. You can shop here for Bergdala Studioglas products at factory prices.
Kosta is the oldest glassworks in the Kingdom of Crystal. Glass has been blown here since 1742. Today visitors have an opportunity to witness this spectacle and experience the fantastic glass art that well-known designers create. In the well-stocked shop you can purchase Kosta Boda products at factory prices.
This glassworks primarily produces art glass and decorative glass, which mainly is cut, painted and engraved. Animal reliefs from Målerås are well-known throughout the world. In recent years the glassworks began experimenting with art work that incorporates both glass and metal.
Nybro Glassworks is the only glassworks in the Kingdom of Crystal located in an urban environment. Proximity to the railway was a priority in its establishment. Nybro offers utilitarian glass for both everyday and party use, in which form, colour and function are prominent characteristics
Pukeberg is one of Sweden’s oldest and most well-preserved glassworks. Here you can experience what a glassworks area was like at the beginning of the 1900’s. The blowing room at Pukeberg is directly connected to the shop and is open to visitors. The building also houses the Design Archive – the Archive for Swedish Design.
At Skruf all glass is made by hand down to the most minute detail. Much of the glass used by the Swedish Parliament and the country’s ambassadors throughout the world comes from here. The blowing room is open to visitors. In the shops you can buy Skruf’s fantastic glass at factory prices.
Three glass artists Lars Sø, Maja Cunningham and Simon Holm try out new techniques and shapes in their own blowing room. Erikshyttan was established in 1991 in Eriksmåla, one of many small villages in the Kingdom of Crystal. In the first years they only made purely functional glass. Since then they have extended the use of size, colours, various techniques and forms, resulting in a more artistic and sculptural production.
The Glass Factory today is Sweden’s only purely experience-based glass museum, and its art glass collection of more than 30,000 articles is the largest in Sweden. Discover the interactive exhibition on the Kingdom of Crystal’s origin, evolution and future. In unique film clips you will meet glass artists and glass workers who talk about the Kingdom of Crystal, glass and its significance. The Boda blowing room located inside The Glass Factory museum is the museum’s hot, pulsating heart! It serves as a creative meeting place to which national and international craftsmen, artists and designers are invited to experiment and find new modes of expression.
The furnaces are fired up again in Orrefors! The vision is to create a beautiful and attractive destination where visitors in a sustainable and enjoyable way can become part of Orrefors’ magical past and present through a unique combination of glass, food, light, music and nature. The new glassworks at Orrefors is also the Kingdom of Crystal’s first outdoor blowing room, with walls of green plants in a beautiful, historical glassworks setting. Pay a visit to the museum, look into the shop, view all the plantings, take advantage of the chance to try glass blowing and then wind up with a picnic in a delightful setting!
Via eleven stations made up of towers, trees and cliff ledges, you swish along among the treetops. You soar over pools and ravines. At the highest point you are 32 metres in the air and reach a speed of 70 km an hour. When you pause at the stations, a guide tells you about nature in Kronoparken and Småland wildlife. Travel by zip line is quiet, increasing the odds of seeing elk and roe deer The zip line is suitable for everyone from ages 7 to 80. There are two courses with different degrees of difficulty. The family course is shorter and takes about an hour, while the entire course is 1,550 metres in length, making the adventure last twice as long.
Kosta Glass Centre offers hands-on activities for old and young. You can choose to blow a sphere, a drinking glass or a bowl. You then can choose which colour you want the glass to be and whether or not it should have a pattern. When the choices have been made, it’s just a matter of getting started with the production. Together with a glassblower, you will manipulate the molten glass and watch how it takes shape. By the following day, your finished product will have had time to cool and be ready to pick up.
In The Kingdom of Crystal we have an Moose guarantee. There are two moose parks here. Grönåsen’s Moose Park outside of Kosta and Glasriket’s Moose Park outside of Nybro. Here you can get a close view of the king of the forest. If you are lucky you may even get to feed this majestic animal. Adjacent to both parks are grilling amenities and shops to purchase moose souvenirs. Grönåsens Moosepark – Kosta Tel: +46 478-50770 www.moosepark.net Glasriket’s Moose Park– Långa Slät, Nybro www.glasriketsalgpark.se
A recreation area in Nybro with jogging loops, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, an outdoor gym and a natural playground. In winter the jogging track becomes an excellent cross-country ski trail, and the slalom slope is an uphill training challenge in summer. Throughout the year the Svartbäcksmåla outdoor recreation area is a popular destination for those who enjoy being in nature – to train or to take a leisurely walk. The marked trails create summertime opportunities for hiking and running. There is also an outdoor gym in the area for strength training, and for children there is an awesome adventure park. The nature reserve is an interesting nature and cultural area, with traces from the ice age as well as from tar trenches and charcoal kilns
Alsterån flows through the deep and green woods of Småland, an idyllic place for fishing in the heart of The Kingdom of Crystal with many opportunities for adventures. At Stream Fishing Alsterån you can fish brown trout in the running waters but also pike, perch, bream, tench and roach.
Visit Sweden’s largest vagabond museum in Boda. Many photos and documents about the country’s vagabonds who visited all the glassworks and brickworks during Sweden’s worst period of poverty. In addition many varieties of wirework and other vagabond art. Open weekdays during peak season, otherwise by agreement.
Ödevata Fishing Camp is located in beautiful and extremely picturesque surroundings along Lake Ödevaten. It offers opportunities for swimming, fishing in nearby lakes, hiking and wilderness adventures right around the corner. Accommodations in cottages, a youth hostel or B&B also available.
In Nybro, you can find the world’s first James Bond 007 museum. Here you can find everything connected to the film hero James Bond. For example, you can see the original film posters, the cars, the motorcycles, Black Jack tables, gold bars, spy cameras, different printed material and much more.
Hot shop herring is a very old tradition in The Kingdom of Crystal which goes back to the times when the glassworks was the meeting place in the village. In the evenings, visitors are invited to enjoy traditional food prepared in the furnaces where the glass has been left over night to slowly cool down. Today hot shop herring is served at Bergdala, Kosta, Målerås, Orrefors and Pukeberg during the summer and at Christmas but also other dates. Group reservations can be made all year around.
A brasserie-style restaurant housed in the unique Kosta Boda Art Hotel. A seasonal menu with local ingredients is offered here. Brasserie 1742 is a modern interpretation of a brasserie. Innovative cuisine in a rustic setting. The menu is based on locally sourced ingredients, selected according to the season.
An experience for both eye and palate, with an interior painted and designed by Ulrica Hydman-Vallien and a superbly equipped kitchen, where the work is directed by some of Sweden's best chefs. The food is prepared using local ingredients and inspired by the surroundings and the current season.
Breakfast, morning coffee, lunch or dinner… at Café Hos Oss, everything is cooked and baked with care, primarily using local ingredients and producers. After work events, music quizzes, cheese tastings, jazz evenings and author sessions are just a few examples of the events hosted by the café.
In the forest near Örsjö you will find something unexpected – the ultra-Brittish Tea Room Ällebäck. Enjoy afternoon tea on granny´s sofa with scones, biscuits and cakes while you are transported to a bygone age. The old radio plays hits from the 1940s while stars of the period look down from the walls. The White Guide´s reviewers expressed their appreciation as follows: “The cosy, homey style made us forget the world outside and simply relax.”
A café and shop in an inspiring environment in Åseda. In addition to the café, there is also a shop with items for all ages. The café serves homemade cakes, sandwiches and light lunches. In the shop section you will find an assortment of furnishings, gifts and local delicacies. Linas Butik & Café is a destination that offers a little extra and has something for everyone.
The shop at Målerås Glassworks showcases the latest from the blowing room one floor above. The characteristic decorative glass, most of which is ground, painted and engraved, stands neatly lined up in rows. Here you will find lots of exquisite crystal articles at factory prices.
The surroundings in Transjö can only be described as idyllic. Transjö Glasbod is a converted barn that creates a picture postcard view of Småland and the Kingdom of Crystal, with its red-and-white facade and windows filled with art glass. The store is an exhibition hall in itself, where no two pieces are alike.
In the works area is Kosta Boda’s own shop, where you can find glass products graded as both firsts and seconds. Check out the classic series or look over the latest articles that have been produced. Kosta Boda’s various designers ensure that the shop is filled with wonderfully varied designs, where everyone can find their favourites.
The shop in Pukeberg is located in the same premises as the blowing room. When you pass among the shelves, you can almost feel the heat from the furnaces. Colourful glass predominates, and objects at Pukeberg Glassworks are made in small batches and sold only in the shop.
The glassworks takes an environmental approach and works primarily on remodelling non-returnable bottles, turning them into utility glassware. Visitors are welcome to the glassworks to watch production and see the exhibition. There is also a large range of first quality and seconds for sale, a gallery with exhibitions by different artists and some cultural events. Don't miss the chance of a course in remodelling glass!
The Glass Factory Shop specialises in glass and glass-related products. The selection is characterised by innovation, creativity and renewal that can be purchased exclusively at The Glass Factory Shop in Boda. Looking for something unique? No problem. This is a place where you will also find studio glass from exciting new artists and more well-known names from the entire Nordic region. In the café section, locally produced speciality foods are sold, and simple dishes are served.
Carlos R Pebaqué has created his own technique for art glass; CARA, wich is a way of painting glass during the blowing process. Carlos’ glass can be found throughout the world, and in 2014 he celebrates his 30th anniversary at Gullaskruv. During his years as a glass designer, Carlos R Pebaqué has worked with many different techniques, and after a lot of training he developed his own technique for art glass: the Cara technique.
Bsweden manufactures lamps in a modern Nordic style. Its location in The Kingdom of Crystal makes glass a primary material in its fittings. The glass is blown by hand at different glassworks. Come visit the factory shop in Herråkra where you can find seconds and odd or discontinued models.
Welcome to southern Sweden’s largest outlet for well-known brands. Here you can browse among exciting products in the 20,000 square meters shopping area. The shops offer everything within glass and crystal, china ware, clothes, sport articles, shoes, etc. A lunch restaurant is also located there.
Visit the factory shop and bargain hunt for locally made leather goods. Målerås Läder AB is a true family firm that has made bags since 1947. They have a large assortment of briefcases, flight bags, women’s handbags, wallets, belts and more. From the shop you can see straight into the manufacturing area and you are welcome to watch how the work progresses.
Rustic style is in the rule in this renovated barn in the pretty village of Långasjö. Shopping inspiration with hand-picked interior décor, both new and vintage. Anna Örnberg´s Vintage de Lux jewellery is on sale here, and the range now offers clothes too. Finish your visit with coffee on the verandah.