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Plzen – Pilsen

Pilsen, or Plzen, in Bohemia and, with 170 000 inhabitants, is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic after Prague, Brno, and Ostrava, and is famous for being the home of Pilsner Beer from which the city derived its name. Pilsen is situated on the confluence of four rivers – Úhlava, Úslava, Mze and Radbuza.  The city of Pilsen was founded by the Czech king Wenceslaus II in the year 1295.

Pilsner Urquell is the famous beer brand of Pilsen. The production of beer will be introduced to you directly during guided tours in the brewery or in the Brewery Museum. Pilsner Urquell beer was first brewed in 1842. The world-wide known lager has been produced in Pilsen for almost two centuries.

Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015
The successful project of Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015 initiated the interest of tourists in the city of Pilsen and it also brought a large number of touristic activities, cultural events to the city.

Pilsen introduces its unique historical city centre
In comparison to other cities Pilsen is extraordinary in that respect that all of the historical sightseeing places are located within one area of the city centre. Therefore, all the sightseeing places can be visited on foot. There are seven museums and more than ten galleries. Romantic park area around the city centre is the right place for walks and relaxation.

Pilsen offers an interesting programme for everybody
There are many tourist attractions so that all family members will enjoy their stay. For men the city offers many beer pubs and small breweries, women may like cafes or the visit to the Loos Interiors and children can find the right place for them in the Zoological Garden, DinoPark or in the Techmania Science Centre which features super modern 3D Planetárium.

Pilsen is located near the border with Germany and not far from Prague
The Prague airport is 50-minute drive away from the city of Pilsen.

The main dominant of the city the St Bartholomew´s Cathedral has the highest church tower in the Czech Republic. The tourists may visit the tower during the whole year. In case of good weather and visibility you can even see the Sumava Mountains from the top of the tower.

In Pilsen there is also the fourth biggest Jewish synagogue in the world. During the Second World War it was used as a warehousing area. After the reconstruction in the 1990´s it is often used for concerts due to its unique acoustics.

The city of Pilsen also offers a world unique thing. Guided tours of interiors which were designed by the world famous architect Adolf Loos in the 1930´s are the new part of the programme for tourists the city of Pilsen of Pilsen. They provide a perfect view of the life style of the Jewish community before the Second World War.

Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew

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St Mary’s Plague Column

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Pilsen Historical Underground

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Great Synagogue

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Town Hall Pilsen

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Pilsner Beer

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Christmas Market in Pilsen


The Christmas Market in Pilsen takes place on Republic Square – náměstí Republiky , just 40 minutes from Grafenwoehr. Browse stalls displaying traditional Christmas crafts and admire the technique and skill of the artisans who made them. Enjoy hot chocolate and fruit and the delicious aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon. There is a rich program of carol singing which is the largest gathering of Christmas carol singing in Bohemia.

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