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European Glass – Outstanding glassware from Bohemia and Silesia
One of the most important chapters in the history of glass was written in Bavaria, Bohemia, Austria and Silesia, in the huts and workshops between the Bavarian Forest and the Giant Mountains.

With their glass art, Bohemia and Silesia were able to give their most substantial contribution to the emergence of modern European culture. Never before in the millennium-long history of glass had such artistic heights been achieved as between the years 1680 and 1950,

Passau Glass Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of European glass. Over 30,000 exhibits provide a comprehensive overview of the various periods of glass art from Baroque, Rococo, Empire, Biedermeier, historicism, art nouveau and art deco right through to the modern.

The focus is on the heyday of glassmaking in the 19th century through to art nouveau. This glass, a product which was mostly exported around the world in the 19th century, returns back to the region of its roots in the Glass Museum Passau.

The huge volume of glassware allows detailed insights into the production of individual glassworks and their development, from their emergence to their decline.

In 1985, theGlass Museum Passau was opened by Neil A. Armstrong, the first man on the moon. Georg Höltl founded the museum, and was also the inventor of the world-renowned rolling hotel.

Within two years, Georg Höltl had the four-building complex in the old town, including the traditional “Hotel Wilder Mann”, lovingly renovated with exemplary preservation of the historical building fabric, creating an imposing home for the Bohemian glassware.Glass Museum Passau was awarded the Adalbert Stifter Prize and is entered into the national directory of valuable cultural assets.

Glass Museum Passau in the Wilder Mann
Glassware from Bavaria, Bohemia, Austria and Silesia from 1650 - 1950

Karl Fürst von Schwarzenberg:
“I have seen a number of glass collections around the world,
but none like this.”

Friedrich Dürrenmatt nannte das Glasmuseum Passau
“The world’s most beautiful glass museum”.