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Ajka Crystal Glass Factory

Ajka, Hungary
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marusik2015 wrote a review Jul 2015
Moscow, Russia103 contributions30 helpful votes
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Certainly, tourists, who visit Budapest and attend souvenir shops, pay attention to incredibly beautiful crystal vases, bowls and wine glasses. We also paid attention to this production and we were so admired that decided to go to Ajka, the city where the glass factory and museum are located. The city is located in 150 kilometers to the south-west from Budapest. It will take you about two hours to get there by bus from Népliget bus station or the train from Déli railway station. When you go to such small cities by yourselves you should be ready that nobody speaks English there. So it is necessary to print the maps and write down all the addresses you need in Hungarian. It took us more than hour to find the factory and the museum. First we saw the factory store and from there we were sent to a nearby building where the museum was located. The museum was closed but we saw a sheet of paper with a telephone number on the door. We dialed the number, but they spoke only Hungarian. Nevertheless, after 10 minutes of waiting, the employee came. We bought tickets and entered the museum. The museum is not too large. It consists of several rooms. The collection is really wonderful – the artistic pieces are handmade of clear or colored crystal, all these pieces of art are processed by hand, some of them are hand painted. You will see unique vases, stemware beginning from the 19th century till our days. Each showpiece has a card with the name of the glassworker and year of creation. In one of the rooms you can see the documents – newspapers, archival documents, let-passes, letters. The impression of the museum was enormous. Glass factory in Ajka is one of the best and most interesting factories for the production and processing of glass and crystal. It is the pride of the small town of Ajka.
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Date of experience: September 2014
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