Plzen (Pilsen)

Plzeň (known as Pilsen), the most important city in West Bohemia, is only an hour’s drive from Prague along the motorway. Plzen was founded in 1290 and granted privilege to brew its own beer. Pilsner Urquell brewery is the main attraction in this largely industrial town.

The Museum of Beer Brewing is housed in a beautiful neo-Gothic building. The brewery organizes guided tours in English and German, daily at 12.30and 14.00. Open Sept-May, Tues-Sun, daily Jun-Aug.

Plzen’s main square has some fine Renaissance and baroque town houses and is dominated by the Gothic Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, the tallest church in the country. Other city attractions are the Town Hall, which was constructed in 1558, and the Franciscan Monastery, which is decorated with Gothic frescoes vividly illustrating the lives of the saints.


Plzeň and beer the two are inseparable. Even non-drinkers will find it striking, memorable and wholly apart from Prague in look and feel. You can set out on a tour tracing the history and present of brewing in the city, during which you will inevitably end up in one of …

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History of Pilsen

Pilsen was first mentioned as a castle in 976, as the scene of a battle between Duke Boleslaus II of Bohemia and Emperor Otto II. It became a town in 1295 when King Wenceslaus II granted Pilsen its civic charter and established a new town site, located some 10 km …

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