Glass factory Derenburg

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The art of glassmaking is a handicraft reaching back thousands of years and looks back on a very long tradition in the Eastern Harz region, although this art fell increasingly into oblivion in the wake of the closure of the last glass factors in 1843. Not until 1949 did Sudeten German glassblowers and grinders readopt the old tradition and founded the most northern glass factory of Germany in Derenburg which is also the only glass factory in Saxony-Anhalt.

After a modest start based on craftsmen’s skill,  the factory gained fame in the 1960s. At that time, the factory became part of the Art and Design University Of Applied Sciences in Giebichenstein castle and was used in creative experiments by teachers and students. In this cooperation the abilities of the Derenburg glassblowers went far beyond the common quality of their handcraft.

Today, the now privately operated “Glasmanufaktur Harzkristall” is an attraction far beyond the borders of the federal state. The handicraft business has become a real experience for visitors of all ages. Guests can take a look over the glassblowers’ shoulders, have fun in the adventure playground, complete the glass trail, enjoy a coffee on the sun terrace – and of course go shopping as much as they like.

By the way, glass is the oldest raw material artificially created by humans: in 2,500 B.C., when the pyramids were built in Gizeh, jewelry was made of glass. Until today the main components of this precious raw material are sand, soda, potash and chalk – but the exact recipe will remain a secret of the glass factory of course!