Glass-blower. © Lars Nilsson


The Kingdom of Crystal

The Kingdom of Crystal is the magical, beautiful and unusual area in the forests between Växjö and Kalmar. More than a million people come here every year, so it’s not something to be missed. Glass has been made here since 1742 and at most there were 45 glassworks. Today, there are still many glassworks and glassworks studios set in the Småland nature.

Try glassblowing

As a visitor to the Kingdom of Crystal, there is lots to see: utility glass and art glassware of world class, and the chance to go all the way up to the heat of the furnaces to watch the glass being created.

Try glassblowing
Try glassblowing. © Svea Landschoof

Together with the glass-blowers, the designers constantly challenge what is possible with glass, and many glass techniques have been discovered through experimentation in Småland’s glassworks. There is now an interesting mix of big glassworks such as Kosta and many small glassworks studios that take inspiration from each other. Here you can find unique pieces in a nice setting.

Find all the information you need about the Kingdom of Crystal on the destination's own website

Shop for design in the Kingdom of Crystal

All the glassworks have their own shops, where you can always shop at favourable prices – among the seconds, art glassware and first-rate utility glass. The area also has brand outlet shops, second-hand markets, small designer boutiques and artists. Look out for signs along the road. For even better value, buy a Kingdom of Crystal Pass.

Magma art glass in Transjö
Magma art glass in Transjö. © Alexander Hall

Finish the day with hot-shop herring - 'Hyttsill'

When the glassblowers have gone home, the long tables are set with herring, crisp-fried bacon, Isterband sausage, lingonberry jam and foaming drinks. Dessert includes genuine Småland cheesecake with strawberry jam and whipped cream. The scent of burned wood and hot iron remains in the air, mixing with cooking aromas. As a guest during a hyttsill evening in the Kingdom of Crystal, you will enjoy camaraderie, warmth and good food. Just as vagabonds and people in the district always have. At most hyttsill's you also get a chance to try glassblowing yourself.

Find out more about the Kingdom of Crystal, the glassworks and everything that goes on in the area here.

Read more about Hyttsill and Kosta Boda Art Hotel