Various building in Pilsen streets will be brought alive again by means of a video-mapping and various light installations. A romantic walk in the streets of Pilsen can be arranged in any season of the year. However, the unique atmosphere of the Festival of Light comes to Pilsen once a year only.
Beer which made the city of Pilsen world-wide known and brought a name Pils or Pilsener for bottom fermented lagers has been produced here since 1842. The guided-tour of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery will take you through an interactive exposition, historical as well as modern operation of the recent production line. The tour finishes in the brewery cellars by tasting of non-filtered Pilsner Urquell 12° beer.
The Gothic cathedral on the Republic Square creates a dominant feature not only for the square and the historical centre. Together with its tower it also completes the silhouette of the whole city. Its majestic interior is definitely worth visiting. On the main altar there is a world-wide known Pilsen Madonna, the most famous work of the Czech Gothic style. On the rear side outside the cathedral you can find a number of small metal-forged angels, one of them will make your dream come true if you touch it, or at least that is what the legend says. You can also visit the tower which is the highest in the Czech Republic. It offers a wonderfull view of the surrounding region.
The unique architectonic gem which was created in Pilsen by a world-famous architect Adolf Loos in the 30´s of the 20th century for rich investors of the Jewish community, consists of a collection of eight apartment interiors. Apart from experiencing the extraordinary first-republic design the guided tours of the Loos Interiors provide an interesting inside view into the life style of the Jewish community at the time of the origin of the interiors. Each of the interiors hides its own story of the fate of the families which lived there. But the Loos Interiors are not only the reflection of the period when they were made. The stories of their inhabitants simultaneously illustrate historic event of the Second World War and consequently of the Communist regime as well. The results of Loos's work in Pilsen belong among his masterpieces together with the Villa Müller in Prague, the House of Tristan Tsara in Paris or the department store Goldman & Salatsch in Vienna. Since April 2015, two unique guided tours of three apartment interiors have been open to public. You can also visit the Brummel House designed by Adolf Loos (www.brummelhouse.com). We recommend to book your tickets in advance.
Not many people know that in Pilsen the largest synagogue in the Czech Republic is situated. This synagogue is also the second largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the whole world. During your visit of the city you should not miss the opportunity to visit the place. It provides evidence of the existence of rich Jewish community in the city before the World War II and its complete destruction in the Holocaust. During the World War II the synagogue was used as a storing place. Recently it has been reconstructed and thanks to its amazing acoustic properties it is often used for concerts.
The former industrial area of the public transport depot which was used until last year for repairing and parking of trolleybuses and buses, has been recently changed into an interesting space which breathes by its creative atmosphere. The premises of the DEPO2015 are used as a creative incubator for beginning artists and start-up projects. Furthermore, it offers interesting industrial interior which may be suitable for many types of cultural events and interesting exhibitions.
A spacious maze of the Pilsen Historical Underground corridors which is one of the biggest undergrounds located in the Czech Republic originated already in the 14th century. Today only a small part is open for public. The guided tour will get you familiar with the everyday life under a medieval city. You will learn about the origin of the Pilsen Historical Underground and about its various purposes. For the visitors older than 18 years of age the tour includes tasting of beer. The Pilsen Historical Underground is located on the same place as the Brewery Museum.
Thanks to the modern technologies the Pilsen 3D planetarium belongs among the best facilities of its kind in Europe. It enables the whole family to travel in space faster than light, to see almost 160 thousand of stars or to observe facebook darkness over China and North Korea via American satellite NOAH. It offers a wide range of movies which let you travel to the Moon, discover the story of the Earth since its birth and watch the sky above Pilsen without light pollution. On the same location you will also find a modern science centre called Techmania.
The only museum in the Czech Republic dedicated to the US Army shows to its visitors more than 1500 displays mapping the liberation of Pilsen by the allied armies, the local stay of American soldiers since May to November 1945 and the period of the post-war reconciliation. The exposition reminds us of the unforgettable memories of the historic event at the end of the World War II. Here, you will see personal objects of soldiers, parts of armaments and armour, sanitary material and equipment for sport and leisure.
In the Puppet Museum you should visit Spejbl and his son Hurvínek, two traditional world-famous puppet characters which originally come from Pilsen. You will find here a great number of marionettes and puppet theatres which map the long tradition of puppetry in Pilsen. You do not have to observe the displays from distance only but you can also try to play theatre yourself with some of the puppets.
The Brewery Museum protects the legend of beer and beer brewing. The original brewery house from the beginning of the 15th century, in which the Museum is located, breathes with the medieval atmosphere and shows you the secrets of beer production, serving and drinking since the old times up to now. A new interactive exposition helps the visitors to see even more exposition items from the area of beer brewing and its culture. A new mobile phone application offers a virtual visit in 10 foreign languages. You can finish the visit in the traditional Pilsen pub Na Parkánu which is located in the same house.
The oldest Jewish sight in the city of Pilsen regained its lost splendour after recent reconstruction. It is situated in one of the internal blocks of houses near the city centre and therefore it is quite easy to miss it without noticing. But the place is definitely worth visiting. Also an exhibition can be found there with the topic of history of Jewish people in the Pilsen region, their traditions and habits.
The Zoo is a perfect place for a family trip. You will find it in the attractive hilly area with small lakes and ponds, arboretum and rocks. More than 1300 animal species live here. A pair of Indian rhinoceros and Rothschild´s giraffes are considered to be one of its biggest stars. You will find here an open-space outdoor ground for monkeys and felids and the second largest bear garden in Europe. There is also a unique exhibition called the Life in the Underground. The botanical part with meditation Japanese garden and a rural homestead Lüftnerka with domestic animals are also located in the zoo.
This restaurant with its own brewery serves traditional Czech cuisine with a wide range of their own brand Purkmistr beers. It is situated on the outskirts of Pilsen, therefore the most convenient way to get there is by car, but you can easily reach it with the trolleybus nr. 13 (stop U Staré Kovárny) too. A 4-star hotel is located in the building as well.
The stylish Pilsner restaurant opened in 1992 is situated on the unique premises of the former fermentation cellar directly in the famous Pilsner Urquell Brewery foreyard. It is one of the biggest restaurants in the Czech Republic, it is therefore suitable especially for group visits.
The shopping mall is located in an attractive place near the historical city centre and is easily accessible by public transport or on foot. Its services include a multiplex Cinema City and a large bowling centre Fantasy Park. Outside the shopping centre, there is a large park area with mini-golf and a playground area for children.
The modern four-star hotel is situated by the beautiful Bory Park, in the southern part of Pilsen. It is easy to reach from both the city centre and the motorway. The Parkhotel Congress Center Pilsen is one of the biggest congress and hotel facilities in the Czech Republic outside Prague.
The comfortable and stylish fours-star hotel in the centre of Pilsen is situated in the close vicinity of all historical sights and just a few steps far from the majority of famous pubs and beer houses. It offers high-quality service and its professional staff is ready to satisfy both the demanding business clientele from all over the world and families with children.
How to get from the airport in Prague to Pilsen? The distance to Pilsen is 90 km (56 miles)/50 minutes by car. By car: It is possible to rent a car at the airport in Prague. For a Taxi from the airport call 420 222 333 222 (It costs approx. 2,700 CZK). By bus: From the airport, city bus no. 100 goes to Praha-Zličín (tickets can be purchased from the driver for 40 CZK or ticket machine for 24 CZK). From Praha-Zličín bus station, yellow Student Agency/Regio Jet buses go to Pilsen (departures every hour, every 30 mins during rush hour and tickets can be purchased at the counter inside the building with public restrooms next to the metro station or at the driver, price 100 CZK). Buses are sometimes full, so it is good to have a reservation in advance. Tickets and schedules: www.studentagency.cz By train: Take bus no. 119 to Nádraží Veleslavín, change to underground to Hlavní nádraží/Main train station (you need to change the line A at Muzeum to line C). There the train to Pilsen leaves every hour (100 CZK). For tickets and schedules go to www.cd.cz
The net of the Pilsen Public Transportation Company consists of trams, buses and trolleybuses. You can purchase a ticket from the driver for 30 CZK (non-transfer) or you can buy a 30-minute transfer ticket on board using your contactless credit card (for 16 CZK). Using the card you can also buy a transfer ticket valid for 60 mins (for 20 CZK), 180 mins (for 34 CZK) and a 24-hour (for 60 CZK). At newsstands and the tourist information centre you can also purchase a non-transfer ticket for 18 CZK.
There is a number of taxi companies offering rides for similar prices. However, it is good to note that when you take a taxi in the street, it is always a bit more expensive. Autoslužba Taxi Plzeň (+420 377 220 220) Radiotaxi (+420 377 377 377) EcoCity Taxi (+420 777 361 361) Taxi for drivers when you need to get your car parked (+420 607 202 202)