Take a trip into the world of beautiful crystal and glassware at Val Saint-Lambert Castle, a restored building originally inaugurated by Abbot de Harlez in 1756. Here, you can go back in time to see the history of Val Saint-Lambert and glass through time. Home of world-renowned Belgian crystal, Val Saint Lambert is an international brand that goes back more than 100 years. This Belgian crystal glassware manufacturer produces fine crystal pieces for the Belgian royal family along with its other customers.
History of the Belgian crystal industry
Founded in 1826, Val Saint Lambert has developed an international reputation for high grade crystal work over the past 200 years. Since not long after the first furnace fired at Val Saint Lambert, appreciators of fine crystal have called it the center of the Belgian crystal industry. The Val Saint Lambert production facility also formed the backbone of the local region throughout the latter half of the 19th century and the early 20th century. The crystal-making units employed around 5,000 people, making it a major player in the history of Liege and Belgium as a whole. Today, guests can still visit the Val Saint Lambert crystal works to see expert craftsmen performing their trade, in addition to the historic buildings comprising the facility.
Visit the museum
The onsite museum showcases the history of crystal making with over 250 pieces of crystal produced during the last century. The Ludic Route offers a sensory experience with monumental glass sculptures made by the Belgian artist Bernard Tirtiaux. For an audiovisual experience, watch a movie that has former workers take you through their daily life at the factory.
Try glassblowing yourself
Admire the extraordinary skills required for this craft at a Glassblowing demonstration. If you are inspired to try the craft yourself, you can do so after a hands-on training in the unique glassblowing workshop where you get a chance to create your own souvenir. For a more high-quality piece, stop by the showroom showcasing the current collection of Val Saint Lambert.