Nuutajärvi Glass Factory

Urjala, Finland

The oldest factory of Nuutajärvi Glass was founded in 1793, and it is the oldest glass factory in Finland that is still in function. It was founded by the local manor owners, Jakob Wilhelm de Pont and Harald Furuhjelm who were granted to manufacture window glass and other glass products.

Johan Agapetus Törngren bought the manor and glass factory in 1843. His son Adolf Törngren extended Nuutajärvi production strongly in the 1850s and for example hired Belgian and French experts to increase the quality of glass. He also restructured the factory site and other buildings to a uniform ensemble.

Today Nuutajärvi factory site is still one of the most well-preserved industrial milieus in Finland representing the solid Neo-renaissance architecture style. The oldest buildings are the bell tower from the 18th century and the empire style manor house built in 1822. Worker huts have been built between 1860s and 1940s.

Nowadays the factory produces famous Finnish art glass. For instance, the birds of Oiva Toikka are made in Nuutajärvi. Nuutajärvi Glass Village is a popular tourist attraction with over 100 000 visitors yearly. It provides restaurant, conference and accomodation services. Guided tours are also available.

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Founded: 1793
Category: Industrial sites in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)

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www.nuutajarvi.fi

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4.2/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Annukka Kinnari (16 months ago)
This is quite nice place. The milieu was pretty. Especially I liked the artisan glassware. Iittala Outlet plays too dominant role. It would be nice if the handicraft would be better displayed. Tha cafe was nice and I was positively surprised by their vegan options for lunch. Coffee was good too! Definitely will visit again!
Laura Wilkinson (16 months ago)
A lovely area with lots to see. Nice shops and beautiful art.
Brian Jyun (16 months ago)
Good place to learn and watch people making glass products
Anne Kiiveri (18 months ago)
The Greatest Glass factory in Finland founded in 1793.
Danko (2 years ago)
The place is beautiful and there is a well equipped company store. Items are of high quality and some have a really nice reduced price.
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