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Glass blowing, Målerås, Småland
Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Things to do

The Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket)

The Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket) is located in the province of Småland in southern Sweden.

Love Swedish glass and Swedish design?

Then come to the Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket). This part of Småland is the ‘glass capital’ of Sweden and they have been making world famous glass here since 1742. It brings together the municipalities of Lessebo, Emmaboda, Nybro and Uppvidinge and some 13 glassworks, glass studios and other activities and events.

In the glassworks and glass studios you get to blow your own glass and see the furnaces where red-hot molten sand is transformed into glass art. 

A ‘glass-centric’ stay here can include a visit to the glass museum, 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. In addition, there are some 20 hotels for all tastes, standards and wallet sizes in the area.

While here, try a traditional and fun Hyttsill at Kosta Glasbruk or Målerås, Orrefors and Pukeberg glassworks where you get to sample Småland delicacies cooked in the cooling ovens. 

When?

The Kingdom of Crystal is a year-round destination and is easy to get to by air, rail or car from Stockholm, Copenhagen and Gothenburg.