Hergiswil Glass Factory – Glasi Hergiswil

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

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Hergiswil Glass Factory – Glasi Hergiswil

 

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

A great day out not too far from Zurich is a trip to the glass factory in Hergiswil. Just around three quarters of an hour from the city by car and a little under 90 minutes by train, it makes for a great half day out and is perfect for rainy days!

The famous glass foundry was founded by the Siegwart brothers and has been in existence since 1817.

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

Situated directly on Lake Lucern the factory has a glass tower and a small outdoor play area and it occupies a beautiful location. It’s suitable for everyone – families, individuals and small groups are all welcome without prior notice and it takes around an hour and a half to two hours to see all of the museum and exhibits. Afterwards you may want to visit the restaurant or café or go shopping in the glassware shops – or simply stroll along the lake.

Tour of The Exhibition “Formed By Fire”

The main exhibition “Formed By Fire” explains the history of glass making in Hergiswil and how the Hergsiwil Glass Factory came into being. It tells the story of how Roberto Niederer saved the Glass works so that it could continue providing local employment and producing glassware in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

The museum is very well done. It’s a walk-in film with a variety of scenes and it won the award from the European Council in 1996 for being «one of the most beautiful museums in Europe».We went on the English language version of the tour and it gave a fascinating insight into the world of glass making over the years.

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

Glassblowers at Work

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

After the tour of the exhibition you are led directly onto a platform above the the glassmaking area where you can see the glass makers at work. You can watch different items of glassware being fashioned across a variety of stations.

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

For example when we were there we saw large glass plates being made on one station and what looked like vases at other stations. You are free to watch for as long as you wish and it’s quite fascinating to see how the molten glass can be fashioned in so many ways.

Blow Your Own Glass Ball

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

For CHF 20 you are able to take part in the glass blowing experience yourself and to keep your “masterpiece” to take home with you. There is a choice of shapes and sizes of glass balls which you can choose to blow. You are given instruction and helped by one of the glass blowers – the interesting thing is how gentle you need to be whilst blowing. Having blown your ball, the hot piece of glass is put aside to rest and cool and you are given a number so that you can pick up your unique work of art half an hour or so later.

A great day out not too far from Zurich is a trip to the glass factory in Hergiswil. Just around three quarters of an hour from the city by car and a little under an hour and a half by train, it makes for a great half day out and is perfect for rainy days! The famous glass foundry was founded by the brothers Siegwart and has been in existence since 1817.

The Glass Archive

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

We went for a tour of the Glass Archive which is like a library of the many glass items which have been produced over the years at Glasi Hergiswil. This is a continually expanding exhibition as every new product is added to the archive once it has been produced.

Visit the Glass Labyrinth

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

It’s also great fun to go round the Glass Labyrinth which is located close to the reception. You need to take off your coat and put on white gloves and slippers as you explore this glass maze full of coloured lights.

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

It is the only glass labyrinth in Switzerland and as well as the light show you can also hear the sounds of the “Glasi” in the background.

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

The Glass Jewels

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

The Glass Jewels area showcases priceless articles of glassware and explains the origins of “Flühli glass” and how the Glasi Hergiswil started in the forests of the Entlebuch region.

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

Experimenting with Glass

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

There are over 70 different ways in which you can discover and experience glass at Hergiswil with musical glass instruments, funny optical mirrors, glass games and glass marbles in the Glasi Park. There are also water fountains on the lake, a quartz sand pit, and an impressive 7-metre-high tower.

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

Fairytale for Young Children

For young children there is a mechanical fairytale exhibition called “Znirp and Nisseznirp” which is a story created out of six classic fairy tales (and one real-life tragedy) and lasts about 15 minutes.

Food And Refreshments

The Glasi Bar and the Glasi Restaurant Adler are conveniently located in the vicinity to offer a variety of culinary refreshments. You can even rent pedallo boats from the Glasi Bar in good weather.

Shops – Buy Your Own Souvenir

You can of course buy your own souvenir piece of glassware at the Glasi and there is also a shop selling “slight seconds” too.

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

Entrance Fees

To the Formed By Fire Museum

Adults and Children aged 10 or over CHF 7
Children under 10 are free if accompanied by an adult

Entrance to the Glass Labyrinth

Adults and Children aged 10 or over CHF 5
Children under 10 free are free when accompanied by an adult
(Prices also apply for groups and schools)

Reimbursement of purchases

If you makes purchases of CHF 70 or more on the day you can claim reimbursement of your CHF 7 entrance ticket. If you makes purchases of CHF 50 or more on the day you can claim reimbursement of your CHF 5 entrance ticket.

Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

Museumspass

If you have a Museumspass (or the Raiffeisen-Card), you can visit the “formed by fire” Museum (with up to 5 children) free of charge. Do check out the SBB offers to Glasi Hergiswil on SBB RailAway.

Opening Hours Glass Shops

Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday 9 am to 4 pm

Sunday Closed

Opening Hours for the Glassblowing and Exhibitions

Monday to Friday 9 am -5 pm
Saturday 9 am -4 pm

Sunday Closed

Glasi Hergiswil

Address: Seestrasse 12, Hergiswil

Visit the Glasi Hergiswil website here

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Hergiswil Glass Factory - Glasi Hergiswil

All photos by Christina Fryer except for top photo courtesy of Glasi Hergiswil

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