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The fourth largest city in the Czech Republic is inherently linked with the world famous bottom-fermented pale lager beer, which became the prototype for all other pale beers and which also bears the name Pilsner Urquell Nowadays, the Plzeňský Prazdroj Brewery is the most popular destination for foreign tourists. Over 180,000 of them visit here every year. Visitors learn everything about the history of the famous lager beer here, get to see the production process in the brew house and bottling plant and indulge in a well-deserved reward in the form of a tasting session straight from the barrel or over lunch in the brewery restaurant, Na Spilce.
Pilsner Urquell breweryPilsner Urquell pubPlzeň - the Great Synagogue / © Ladislav Renner
Plzeň - Cathedral of St. Bartholomew / © Ladislav RennerPilsner Urquell Brewery gateCzech Beer

However, there is so much more to see in the city. The most precious monuments include the Great Synagogue dating back to the 19th century, which is the third largest synagogue in the world, and the Renaissance Town Hall, which was designed by the famous architect and builder Giovanni de Statia. The Gothic Cathedral of St. Bartholomew is also worth a visit, housing the Plzeň Madonna (1390) on the high altar, an example of the “beautiful style” of Czech Madonnas.

En-route to Plzeň, make sure to include a visit to the traditional Czech Rückl Crystal glassworks in Nižbor, which offers a guided tour of operations in the glassworks. Here, you’ll learn about the process for production of crystal products using manual technologies ranging from the operation of the smelting works right through to decoration by means of drawing and cutting.

(Prague - Plzeň: 93km, 1h 15min)

 

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GPS latitude/longitude: 49.74578 , 13.38134

 

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