by Female Abroad

The European Capital of Culture 2015.

In 1842 Pilsner Urquell was tapped at Mestansky brewery and this town had grown up around it so if you are into beer, this is a great place to visit. If culture is more of your thing that make sure to wander around the historic centre where you can see the Renaissance Town Hall, the Gothic Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, and the Great Synagogue.

Driving Distance from Prague: 1 hour

Taking the Train from Prague: 1.5 hours (take a direct train from Main Railway Station)

Bus from Prague: 1 hour (take a direct bus from Florenc Bus Station or Zlicin)

Sights & Sites

Na Spilce Restaurant - the largest Czech Beerhall (found in an old fermentation cellar)

St. Bartholomew Cathedral - the highest church tower in the CR

Great Synagogue - the third largest in the world

Plzensky Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell brewery)

Brewery Museum

Urban Conservation Area - homes built in the 14th century within a labyrinth of medieval corridors

Plzen Zoo


New Years Fireworks

Smetana Days - classic music


DEPO Street Food Market

Festival of Light Blik Blik

Liberation Festival

Treffpunkt - celebration of Czech & Bavarian culture

Pilsen Yards - visit places normally closed to the public

Fresh Festival - gourmet festival

Night of Churches - all churches, museums, & galleries are open late plus tours to places you normally cannot go

Metal Fest Dronfest - festival of drones

International Folklore Festival (CIOFF)

Historical Weekend - traditional theater and performances with a parade of ghosts

Gambrinus Day - celebrates the founding of the Gambrinus brewery

Night of Opera

Vivid Street Festival

Summer Baroque Festival

Gems with the Smell of Petrol - exhibition of various vehicles


International Festival Theatre

Sun in Glass - brewery festival

Pilsner Fest

Celebration of Republic Foundation

Pilsen Design Week

Christmas Market

Nearby Attractions

Plasy Monastery

Kladruby Monastery

Horsovsky Tyn Chateau