Plzen Off The Beaten Path

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    by Raimix
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    Spejbel, me, Hurvinek
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    Capital of Czech land - Prague

    by Raimix Updated Oct 11, 2009

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    Prague is about 100 km from Plzen. City is capital of Czech Republic with a population of about 1,2 millions people. It is definitely the main tourist destination in Czech Republic and surely need a visit for at least a few days. Prague historic centre consist of six different parts – Old Town, Juzefov, Mala Strana, Visegrad, Hadcany, New Town.

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    Castle of Karlstejn

    by Raimix Written Oct 11, 2009

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    Karlstejn is one of the most famous travel destinations in Czech Republic. Main landmark in village of Karlstejn is castle.

    Gothic castle was built from 1348 till 1365 by Holy Roman emperor and King of Bohemia Charles IV. Actually the purpose of constructing this castle was safekeeping of royal treasures.

    Castle is about 70 kilometers from Plzen, on the way to Prague. It is possible to reach it by train.

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    Marionettes

    by King_Golo Written May 20, 2007

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    Spejbel, me, Hurvinek

    Spejbel and Hurvinek are an old man and his son made of wood. They are marionettes and quite famous in the Czech Republic. In Plzen, where their creator comes from, the two guys were given a little monument in 2003 - nothing too special, but if you know the figures you might want to see the monument.
    However, my student Jitka told me an interesting story about the figures. Although Spejbel is the father of Hurvinek, he is "younger" than his son. This is due to the earlier creation of Hurvinek who was first an orphan and only later got a Daddy. Apparently, there are also a woman and her daughter (probably also older than her mother) who are in love with Spejbel respectively Hurvinek.

    Confused? Well, me too. Guess I've gotta check the marionette play next time in Plzen!

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    This might be your lucky day...

    by King_Golo Written May 19, 2007

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    Tourists waiting for some luck

    ...if you have an important exam to pass! At the back side of St. Bartholomew's church, there is a little luck-bringing device. You'll see people heading to an enclosure where they quickly touch a little angel. According to my host, this is supposed to bring luck. There are several angels on the fence of the enclosure, so don't choose the wrong one!
    (Hint: It shouldn't be too hard finding the right angel - it's almost polished white by all those touching it!)

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    Water-powered ironworks

    by CzechKouple4Fun Updated Dec 3, 2003

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    Dobriv - Water-powered ironworks

    Dobriv is a small village in the Brdy region with well preserved folk architecture (timbered houses, barns). The biggest attraction is the water-powered ironworks (listed in UNESCO) with original machinery - hammers, scales...
    This relic was first mentioned in records in 1505 and worked uniterruptedly until 1956. In the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) the forge also made cannon-balls and weapons.
    Direction - Dobriv is located about 30 km west from Pilsen. From Pilsen take E50 to Prague, exit Rokycany, go to Mirosov and than to Dobriv.

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    Hunting chateau Kozel

    by CzechKouple4Fun Updated Dec 3, 2003

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    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.

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    • Castles and Palaces

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    Small town with interesting lake

    by CzechKouple4Fun Written Nov 4, 2003

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    Hromnice are small town north 15 km from Pilsen. You can find here "red" lake or other name for is it "acid" lake. The color is dark, but not really red. Its low sulfuric acid water. This lake was created from an old vitriol mine.
    You can take a nice walk around lake.

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    • Archeology

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    Climb up the Cathedral

    by Zuzka Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Cathedral view

    Climb up the Cathedral on the Main square. The gothic St.Bartolomew's Cathedral has Bohemia's highest church spire. You can 'clibm' up - 102 m, about 450 stairs. Very nice view on all the city!

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    Great place to discover realy...

    by jmarkoos Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Great place to discover realy Czech original life....
    Pilsner Urquell
    Bronze Medal, Vienna 1873
    Gold Medal, Leipzig 1887
    Gold Medal, Vienna 1890

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    Though no longer laggered in...

    by richiecdisc Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Though no longer laggered in oaken vats, this 'new' beer is stored in wood in the cold depths of the brewery and on the tour, you can sample this delectable and rare version.

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