Plzeň – the City of Beer and Culture
Great Synagogue in Plzeň
The name Plzeň carries the aroma of a freshly pulled beer. However, before you sit down to a half-litre of the best Plzeň (Pilsner) lager, take a stroll around the historic centre of this ancient settlement. Be sure to take in the wonderful Renaissance Town Hall, built according to a plan drawn up by Italian builder Giovanni de Statia. The Gothic Cathedral of St Bartholomew stands out on Plzeň’s skyline, while the Great Synagogue (1893) is one of the largest Jewish places of worship in Europe. It would also be a mistake not to get to know the real spirit of the city. It is in the walls of houses and on the streets and squares and can literally be felt at every step. After all,
Pilsner Urquell brewery
Plzeň has an artistic and joyful spirit that it shares generously. The living art that pulses through the streets is greatly complemented by several important theatres, a philharmonic orchestra, galleries, cultural cafés and countless music, theatre and folk festivals. Budding enthusiasts show off art that mashes up genres – in the shadow of the Cathedral of St Bartholomew, on the busy main street, in park and in underground clubs. A rich programme features all kinds of arts events from theatre, music, dance, design and architecture, industrial and Baroque, to exhibitions and even new circus.
Discover the secret of beer-making in the cellars of the Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell) brewery, which boasts a wonderful gate and a water tower reminiscent of a lighthouse. www.prazdrojvisit.cz
Getting there from Prague: 91 km, 1 hrs, 1:35 hrs, 1 hrs Nearby sights: • Plasy Monastery • Kladruby Monastery • Horšovský Týn Chateau www.visitpilsen.eu Plzeň