Top 21+ unique Pilsen (Plzeň) tourist attractions and sightseeing places
All of the Pilsen tourist attractions are located within one area of Pilsen City Center. Therefore, the historical sightseeing places can be visited on foot. Ready for Pilsen self guided walking tour?
If you don´t know where to start your sightseeing tour in Plzeň, then begin in the Pilsen Main Square, the right name is Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky in the Czech language). The first 5 attractions are located right there. Here are Plzeň tourist attractions and sights that no traveller should miss:
- Three golden fountains on Main Square
- Marian Column on Republic Square
- The Pilsen Town Hall on Republic Square
- The Cathedral of St.Bartholomew
- The Little Angel
- Pilsen Historical Underground
- Brewery museum
- Millstream (Mlýnská strouha)
- Pilsner Urquell Brewery
- Pilsen Historic Walls (Theatrum Mundi)
- Westbohemian museum
- Burgher’s Hall
- The Old Synagogue
- J.K. Tyl Theatre
- Monument In Honor of General George Patton
- The Great Synagogue
- The Egg in front of the Pilsen New Theatre
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#1 Three golden fountains on Main Square
When the Pilsen municipality decided to set up three fountains on Republic (Main) Square in 2004, each in one corner (Plague Column is in the fourth corner), majority of citizens were against this idea. The final decision was made when in 2010 Pilsen was chosen to be a European City of Culture in 2015. Fountains represent greyhound, angel and camel from the Pilsen Emblem and were constructed from bronze casting and covered with gold. Officially they were put into operation on July 29, 2010.
Now, these golden fountains belong to the Pilsen attractions and entertain water loving children.
Three fountains were on Republic Square in Pilsen already in 14th century.
#2 Marian (Plague) Column on Republic Square
St. Mary's plague column with the Baroque replica of Pilsen Madonna on the top is situated in the north-west part of the Main Republic Square and it dates back to 1681. It was commissioned by the Plzeň burgesses as an expression of thanks that, in 1680, the city had been saved from the plague.
The statues on the balustrade and plinth date to 1714 and represent St. Bartholomew, St. Wenceslas, St. Frantisek Xaversky, St. Ruzena, St. Antonin, St. Roch, St. Barbora and St. Florian.
The Plague Column and the City Hall on Republic Square in Pilsen.
#3 The Pilsen Town Hall on Republic Square
The Renaissance city hall was built according to plans drawn by an Italian architect, Giovanni de Statio, between 1554 and 1559, and ranks among the most beautiful town halls in Bohemia. You can find a 3D model of the city’s historical centre in the vestibule.
Náměstí Republiky 1, Plzeň
Open daily: 8 am – 6 pm, free entry
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#4 St.Bartholomew´s Cathedral
Twelve thousand people at the Pilsen Republic Square in January 2015 watched the breathtaking performance of David Dimitri, who, at the opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture 2015, went 240 meters on the rope from the tower of the Franciscan monastery to the St. Bartholomew Cathedral tower.
The Cathedral of St.Bartholomew on Republic Square is the most significant Pilsen sight.
The Gothic Cathedral of St. Bartholomew was probably established together with the city around the year 1295. The Tower of St.Bartholomew Cathedral (102,6 meters) is the highest tower in the Czech Republic and it is open for visitors. To climb the Tower is one of the best things to do in Pilsen. 301 steep stairs will lead you to the gallery, which is situated in 62 meters above the ground. You can have an amazing view to 72 km far mountains called Šumava on German borders by the nice weather.
The tower is open daily 10 am – 6 pm, the entry fee is 2 EUR for adults and 1 EUR for kids (6-15 years old).
Many people don´t know that the Cathedral had two towers hundreds years ago. The present tower was built in the second half of 15th century. The first tower was destroyed during the fire in the beginning of 16th century and was never recovered.
The Cathedral of St. Bartholomew is also interesting from another reason: churches were never built on squares in the Middle Ages. The square was usually very crowded place with markets and churches should be quiet place with a cemetery nearby.
The Cathedral is being continuously reconstructed, it received 4 new bells in January 2015, you can see them during your visit of the tower. The interior will go through huge reconstruction between 2017-2019.
#5 The Little Angel
Touch it and whisper a wish. The little angel is placed on small grid at the rear side of the St. Bartholomew´s Cathedral. You will recognize it very easily among others golden angels: the magical one is smaller and lighter as everybody touch it.
The legend about the angel from the church grid, which brings happiness, is from the 18th century: when the executioner married. Because he was not allowed to entry the Cathedral, he was represented by his friend in front of the altar. The executioner was praying during the ceremony outside of the church by the rear altar of St. Bartholomew´s Cathedral. When he stand up he touched one of angels on the grid. And since that time we say that you will be lucky when you touch the little angel.
The Little Angel on the rear part of the St. Bartholomew´s Cathedral.
#6 Pilsen Historical Underground
If there is any sightseeing in Plzeň you should visit it is definitely Plzeň Historic underground. The history of unique labyrinth of underground corridors, cellars and wells began early in the 14th century. Discover the secrets of Pilsen underground and learn about the history of Plzeň city during the amazing underground tour. Because the temperature stays around +6 °C during the whole year, the warm clothing is recommended. ❄
Veleslavínova 6, Plzeň
Open: every day from February till December
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The visit of Plzeň historic underground helps you to understand the history of Pilsen City.
#7 Brewery museum
The same entrance as the Historical underground has also the Brewery museum. The unique exposition of the Brewery museum will take you through the history of Pilsner beer production. In the atmosphere of the Middle Ages you will learn how beer is brewed, how to serve and drink it. You can even taste Pilsner Urguell, of course if you are older than 18.
Veleslavínova 6, Plzeň
Open: October – March: daily 10 am – 5 pm, April – September: daily 10 am – 7 pm
Web page of the Brewery museum
Brewery museum reminds the time when started the production of Pilsner Urquell.
#8 Millstream (Mlýnská strouha)
The former millstream called in the Czech language “Mlýnská strouha” is the small lake in the Plzeň City Center. This is the right place for your relaxation. So sit in the grass or on the bench in tries shadow, observe the silent water and fishes or listen the quiet music from one of the colorful masks. You can have a coffee or lunch in cafes and restaurants close to the water.
Pallova Street in Plzeň
Pilsen Venice: so it is called the small like in Plzeň Center.
#9 Pilsner Urquell Brewery
If you want to visit the world famous Pilsner Urquell Brewery, you can go from Mlýnská strouha along Pallova street, through the underpass under the four-lane road, take right and go along the street and finally take the bridge over the river. The main entry to the Brewery is in front of you.
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Location: Pilsen, Czech Republic
✔ 2-course lunch
✔ Entrance fees
✔ Local guide
✔ Min. of 4 people per booking required
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Pilsner Urquell Brewery is a goal of 750,000 tourists from all over the world. Visitors will see authentic parts of the brewery where the original Pilsner beer has been made since 1842 and will visit the modern bottling plant, which has a capacity of 120,000 bottles per hour, a unique exposition of materials and both the historic and current brewing houses of Pilsner Urquell.
The guided tour takes 100 minutes and you will learn about the ingredients from which Pilsner Urquell beer is brewed and about the unique process of brewing this legendary beer.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery
U Prazdroje 7, Plzeň
GPS: 49°44'47.339"N, 13°23'10.568"E
Open daily: 8 am – 5 pm (April – September until 6 pm)
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The famous restaurant "Na Spilce" you will find in front of visitor center in the area of Pilsner Urquell Brewery. It is the right time and place to take rest, have lunch, taste the typical Czech cuisine and the unpasteurized Pilsner Urquell beer from the tank. The restaurant is equipped with the children playing area, you can also sit in the garden in good weather.
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#10 Pilsen Historic Walls (Theatrum Mundi)
Remains of former city walls you will find in the park between Dřevěná and Zbrojnická streets. The stone wall remembers the time when Pilsen was protected by walls, rivers and water ditches.
The construction of Pilsen walls started with the foundation of the city at the end of the 13th century. Walls protected the City during many wars until the year 1618, when General Mansfeld as a first one successfully conquered Plzeň. Btw., next to the wall is located the famous restaurant U Mansfelda.
Afterwards walls had been destroyed in the 18th century and this 55 meters long and 5 meters tall part is the last one which remains.
The wall painting on the left side is called Theatrum Mundi. The painting was completed in 2001 and shows the most famous Pilsner personalities.
Nowadays this place serves as an open-air theatre for many Pilsen events.
Křižíkovy sady 1, Plzeň
Historic walls in Plzeň City Center.
#11 Westbohemian museum
The West Bohemia Museum was built in 1893, and with a collection of more than 2 million items, it is one of the largest museums in the Czech Republic. The museum’s unique exhibits include a rare European collection of arms from the 14th–17th century and an Art Nouveau library with valuable first editions.
Kopeckého sady 2, Plzeň
Open Tu- Su: 10 am – 6 pm
Entry fee: 2,3 / 1,3 EUR
#12 Burgher’s Hall
The construction of Burgher’s Hall (Měšťanská beseda in Czech) finished in December 29, 1901. Pilsen burghers built it to serve as a center of community and social life. And it serves until today. After the reconstruction in 2004 this building is the noblest place for balls. You will find an Art Nouveau café in the front part, a small theatre in the rear part and a big beautifully decorated hall in the first floor.
Address: Kopeckého sady 13, Plzeň
The Burgher’s Hall hosts the noblest balls in Plzeň.
#13 The Old Synagogue
The oldest Jewish sight in the city of Pilsen was reconstructed recently. It is situated in one of the internal blocks of houses near the city Center and therefore it is quite easy to miss it without noticing. This impressive place offers also an exhibition with the topic of history of Jewish people in the Pilsen region, their traditions and habits.
Smetanovy Sady 5, Plzeň
Opening hours: April - October, Sun - Fri 10 am – 6 pm
Entry fee: 2,5 EUR
The Old Synagogue in Plzeň is really worth visiting.
#14 J.K. Tyl Theatre
The great theatre in Plzeň was built between 1899–1902 in the neorenaissance style. The JK Tyl Theatre has four artistic companies that produce about 600 shows per year, offering drama, opera, operetta, musical and ballet.
Address: Smetanovy Sady 16, Plzeň
The great theatre was built in 1902.
#15 Monument In Honor of General George Patton
General Patton's memorial is a sculpture erected in front of J.K. Tyl Theatre. It reminds General George S. Patton, who commanded the US Army, which in May 1945 liberated the city from Nazi occupation.
We (Pilsen citizens) ask ourselves: why this 10 meters tall artefact is so rusty? Is it really a dignified memorial?
The reason is that this monument is made from steel of the same composition as tanks were made in 1945.
in front of Sady Pětatřicátníků 4, Plzeň
#16 The Great Synagogue
The third largest synagogue in the World provides evidence of the existence of rich Jewish community in the city before the World War II and its complete destruction in the Holocaust. Recently it has been reconstructed and thanks to its amazing acoustic properties it is often used for concerts.
The Great Synagogue in Pilsen
#17 The Egg in front of the Pilsen New Theatre
Probably this is the weirdest attraction in Plzeň.
The New Pilsen Theatre was built between 2012-2014. The most interesting part of the New Theater is the concrete facade with irregular oval holes. This significant architectural element, which underlines the artistic character of the building, varies depending on the chosen illumination, which is most noticeable before and after the evening performance.
But what is really strange is the egg in front of the theatre. According the architect it should be a stone covered with mirrors, which attract theatre visitors to stop and have fun. Why we have this 3 meters tall and 20 tons heavy concrete egg will stay a secret. And don´t ask for the price! We could build a new house instead of it.
The New Theatre in Pilsen (Plzeň) Czech Republic and the strange egg.
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Written by Šárka Novotná
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