Plzeň
Plzeň is a city that literally lives through
beer. It all began in 1842, when the beer
with a unique colour and taste, Pilsner
Urquell, was tapped for the first time at
the Měšťanský brewery (today Plzeňský
Prazdroj). You can taste this superb beer
at the Na Spilce Restaurant – the largest
Czech beerhall – which is located
in the former fermentation cellar.
The city is dominated by the
St. Bartholomew Cathedral, which has
the highest church tower in the Czech
Republic. From the tower, there is
a beautiful view of the historic city centre
and the wooded hills of the Plzeň Basin.
A strong Jewish community formed
in Plzeň in 1893 around the Great
Synagogue, which is the third largest
in the world.
Proof of Plzeň’s importance is its
victory in the competition for the title
of European Capital of Culture for 2015.
Reason to visit
If you want to learn about the history
of Pilsner Urquell beer, be sure not
to miss a trip to the world-famous
brewery that gave the world the Pils style
of beer. An exhibition will acquaint you
with the whole procedure of making
the excellent beer. You will become
familiar with the ingredients used,
the historical and current brewhouses,
and the bottling plant. A real treat
is a tasting of filtered, unpasteurized
Pilsner Urquell beer straight from
the barrel. Also visit the Brewery
Museum, where you can explore
the Gothic malt house with a well,
a two-level cellar and the former tavern,
along with hundreds of unique exhibits
illustrating the history of beer brewing
from ancient times to the present.
The Liberation Festival is a unique
event, expressing gratitude to the
U.S. Army for the liberation of Plzeň.
In a 1940s atmosphere with the heart-
stirring appearance of American
veterans, Jeeps ride down the
street carrying soldiers in American
uniforms. Everywhere people are
dancing and jazz is playing. Fighter
planes fly overhead, and leading
the FreedomConvoy is the legendary
M4 Sherman tank. Where better
to be in early May than in Plzeň?
In the urban conservation area you’ll
see typical burgher houses and
a historical underground network,
built beginning in the 14th century.
An 800-metre tour circuit leads
through a labyrinth of medieval
corridors, cellars and wells.
GPS for the information centre:
49°44‘53.412“N, 13°22‘39.129“E
91 km; 1 hour.
Direct connections from the Main
Railway Station every hour; journey
time 1 hour 35 minutes.
Direct connections from
the Florenc Bus Station or Zličín
at least once an hour;
journey time 60minutes.
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