The Glass Museum in Passau offers a very special overview of European glass history. More than 15,000 glasses from Bavaria, Bohemia, Austria and Silesia between 1650 and 1950 are on display.
Glass Museum Passau - European Glass from 1650 - 1950 "The most beautiful glass house in the world" (Friedrich Dürrenmatt) The Glass Museum Passau offers a unique overview of European glass history. Over 30,000 glasses, of which over 15,000 are on display, give an impression of the incredible diversity of glass production in Bavaria, Bohemia, Austria and Silesia between 1650 and 1950. Here, in the heart of Central Europe, were the large glass centres of Europe, which in the 19th century were dominant on the market and supplied the whole of Europe with utility and art glass. The large number of glasses in Passau provides detailed insights into the production of individual glassworks and their development. The Glass Museum is located in the historic "Wilder Mann" building complex in the heart of the old town of Passau directly on the Rathausplatz. The Passau Glass Museum was opened on 15 March 1985 by Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. The "Wilder Mann" hotel and museum complex was created by the merger of four old town houses with exemplary preservation of the historic building fabric. The historic buildings date from the Gothic and Baroque periods. One of the houses is mentioned in a document as early as 1303. The house on the corner was the town judge's house for centuries. Another building was the Hotel Wilder Mann, in which in the 19th century the "Great World" took place. In 1862 Empress Elisabeth of Austria spent the night here. The hotel was named after the building complex.