Na Roudne 13, Plzen, Bohemia, 301 65, Czech Republic
More about Plzen
The train from Prague to Plzen
Hysterical to watch.
Entrance To Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Travel Tips for Plzen
Make your life easier.
If it doesn't go on your back, don't even think about bringing it. Slick wheeled luggage works great on paved concrete and airport tile, not so great navigating crowded trains and trecherous cobblestone. Your own toiletpaper and everything else to do with that area. But look forward to getting your own painkillers in Prague's pharmacies. ENGLISH SPEAKERS: BRING A CZECH DICTIONARY! Navigating transportation and hotels, etc, is easy without it, but menues and shops and bars - you need a translator!
Hunting chateau Kozel
15 km south-east from Pilsen in the woods is located hunting chateau Kozel. It is surrounded with lake (if you have a luck, you can see swans there) and beautifull english garden with lots of roses. The chateau riding school and chapel was built arround 1795.
After visiting the chateau you can play a round of mini-golf.
A nice lunch in Pilsner Brewery
I had a non-alcoholic beer there - and it was great to see, that in a place
like the Plzen-brewery, non of the waiters would make a bad joke or remark, when you order a NON-alcoholic beer with your lunch ! I had a cheese-platter with some local specialities - seen from the left :
grated blue cream-cheese with horseraddish
Camembert, pickeled in oil and herbs
Baked Olmyzer cheese - ( it was served hot, and tasted interesting, but not really very good !)
The beer-cheese and the pickeled camembert are really great, and these are offered at many
restaurants with your beer, a nice portion for a ridicolous price of not even 2 $
larger rooms upstairs
There are some more extra restaurant-rooms in the back of the building
and some more in the 2nd floor are obviously also used for performances and concerts.
Nobody sent me away, while I was taking pictures, and so I could walk around and see all
St. Bartholomew's church
The Gothic church of St. Bartholomew's, built in the late 13th century but changed several times in later years is the centre of the centre of the centre, so to speak - it's located in the middle of Namesti Republiky which again makes out the centre of the old town which again is situated in central Plzen. While the church's interior is not without charme (but unfortunately off-limits during the day), the best thing to do is climbing up the spire. From up there, you have a marvellous look on Plzen and its surroundings. You can see the old town, a little further away the famous brewery and the giant Skoda factory, and in the vicinity of the town the hills of Bohemia. It may be good to have a local with you who can show you what is where as there are no plaques or such.
The entrance to the spire is the little door next to the main entrance of the church. Be prepared to climb quite some steps and mind your head as the ceiling is low in many areas of the climb.
Entrance fee: 20Kc for students, slightly more for non-students.