Things to do
The Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket)
Love Swedish design and glass art? Then come to the Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket) in Southern Småland.
The area between Växjö and Kalmar is known as the ‘glass district’ of Sweden and world-famous glass has been created here since 1742. Today there are some 13 glassworks, glass studios and other activities and events in the area. In some of the glassworks and studios, you get to blow your own glass and see the furnaces where red-hot molten sand is transformed into glass art. Some of the most popular glassworks are The Glass Factory, Kosta Boda and Målerås where visitors can experience glassblowing, enjoy glass exhibitions and buy glass in the glasswork shops.
A ‘glass-centric’ stay in the Kingdom of Crystal can include a visit to theSwedish Glass Museum in Växjö, shopping for bargains at the many retail and seconds outlets and even staying in the Kosta Boda Art Hotel in Kosta. The bar here is made entirely out of glass, and there are colourful glass objects and details all around the hotel.
While here, try a traditional and fun Hyttsill at Kosta Glasbruk, Målerås and Pukeberg glassworks where you get to sample Småland delicacies cooked in the cooling ovens.
When can you visit 'Glasriket'?
The Kingdom of Crystal is a year-round destination, which is easily accessible by car. You can also fly to Stockholm, Copenhagen or Gothenburg, and take the train or bus from there.