Gus-Hrustalny | Гусь-Хрустальный
- Rostov Veliky
- Sergiev Posad
The history of this city began in the middle of the eigteenth century. In 1756 the merchant Akim Maltzov founded a crystal factory ( ‘hrustalny’ means crystal) and development of Russian glass-making began. For almost half of a century the factory belonged to Maltzev’s family, who became founders not only of glass-making, but also the began a unique glass collection kept at the Maltzev Crystal Museum. By 1798 Maltzev had become one of the largest glassmakers in Russia. Among products produced were bottles, glasses, wine-glasses of pure glass, decorated with gold and silver. Later Maltzev was permitted to have his own brand, M.B. The revolution and World War I were heavy burdens for the glass industry. By 1921 only a few factories in Russia – Gusevskaya (Gus-Hrustalny), Diatkovskay and Nikolsko-Bahmetevskaya – produced glass. In 1958 the city celebrated its 200th anniversary.
Lake on the River Gus
Maltzev Crystal Museum
Chapel of Saint Varvara
The city is a great place to spend a weekend. Make sure you book a room at one of its apartments.
Hotel Barinaova Rosha is located at the entrance to the city in a beautiful forest by the lake. There is a restaurant with the same name that seats 150 people. There are also private cabins, where you can enjoy tasty dishes cooked in traditional Russian style. Address: Ul. Internatsianalnaya,114 T: (49241) 3-`19-11, 93-4-01
Hotel Mesherskie Zori is located in the very center of the city, however even if you’re not staying you might visit the restaurant and café. Address: Ul. Internatsiaonalnaya, 22 T: (49241) 2-05-48, 2-22-61
How to get there
Buses leave from Moscow bus station (Shelkovskoe shosse 75/2 ) daily at 9:50,10:55,14:05, 16:15, and 19:30.