Ultimate Plzeň Beer Guide: Discover the best Pilsen brewery and book Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour
Where to drink the best beer in Pilsen Czech Republic?
The right place where to start Plzeň beer tour is definitely in Pilsner Urquell Brewery. Discover how to book Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour online and find the best Pilsen brewery with the help of our guide.
Plzeň (in English and German called Pilsen) is the Czech City situated only 90 km southwest of Prague, the Capital of Czech Republic. Plzeň is especially known as the birthplace of the famous Pilsner beer, which is the grandfather of all lager beers and which has been brewed in Pilsner Urquell Brewery the same way since 1842
Plzeň has a strong brewing tradition.
Where you can learn more about beer and taste the best beer in the world than in the City where almost every household brewed beer at home since 1295 until the biggest Pilsen brewery was grounded?
Plzeň has very good assumptions for brewing excellent beer. Special local Czech ingredients as: Pilsen´s soft water, red hops from Žatec, malt and yeast accompanied with the love to beer create the necessary base for production of Plzeň beer. You can also buy Pilsner Urquell beer online here »
No wonder, that Pilsen is a paradise for all beer lovers. You won´t find a city with so many breweries, bars, pubs and all kind of beer related activities.
You have to understand: drinking of beer is a part of Czech nationality. In the medieval times was the beer healthier than water, because the water had very poor quality. Today, the beer is sometimes cheaper than non-alcoholic drinks in pubs of Czech Republic.
Do you want to know where to drink the best beer in Plzeň? Or would you like to learn more about the production of beer? Do you want to taste unpasteurized beer directly from the barrel? Then you came to the right place.
We prepared for you a detailed guide to your Plzeň beer tour. You will discover where you can:
- drink the best Plzeň beer
- book Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour
- see the production of beer
- taste and compare ale beer versus lager beer
- learn how to tap beer
- have a beer bath
- learn how to brew beer
We will visit the biggest Plzeň brewery Pilsner Urquell Brewery, several Pilsen microbreweries, find pubs with international choice of craft beer and enjoy beer spa in Pilsen. So let’s start Plzeň beer tour.
- 1.1 History of Pilsner Urquell Brewery
- 1.2 Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour
- 1.3 How to book Pilsner Urquell Tour?
- 1.4 Pilsner Urquell Brewery tour from Prague
- 1.5 How to get to Pilsner Urquell Brewery from Prague?
- 1.6 Pilsen Brewery Restaurant
- 1.7 Pilsner Urquell Shop
- 1.8 Brewery Museum Plzeň
- 1.9 Hotels near Pilsner Urquell Brewery
#1 Pilsner Urquell Brewery: the most famous Pilsen brewery
Let´s start our Plzeň Brewery Tour in Pilsner Urquell Brewery. It is the biggest producer of beer in Czech Republic and Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour is according TripAdvisor one of the world´s best tourist attractions.
Is there any more famous beer than Pilsner beer? This golden drink manufactured from the special local Czech ingredients as: Pilsen´s soft water, red hops from Žatec, malt and special brewer´s yeast attracts thousands of tourists to Pilsner Urquell Brewery each year. Beer which made the city of Pilsen world-wide known and gave a name Pils or Pilsener for bottom fermented lagers has been produced here in the traditional way since 1842, when it was first brewed by Josef Groll.
Pilsen Brewery Tour is a goal of 750,000 tourists from all over the world every year.
1.1 History of Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Pilsner beer wasn´t always so tasty as today.
Beer has been brewed in Plzeň since 1295 when the King Václav II. gave to 260 Pilsner burghers the right to brew the beer. This privilege, a very profitable financially, allowed the holder to sell beer in his house.
Pilsners had been making beer without the necessary education and knowledge and often improving the tastes by variety of ingredients. No wonder, that the quality of beer was really horrible!
This lead to an unusual theatre: 36 barrels of disgusting Pilsner beer was poured out in front of Pilsen City Hall in February 1838.
The owners of the right to brew beer joined together and choose a place for constructions of a new brewery: a place with sandstone underground for deep cellars and with a rich water source. The construction started in 1839. Then they hired a German brewer Josef Groll to prepare German style lager beer. The taste of new brewed beer was extraordinary! Probably because of unique Plzeň water. It was the year 1842 when the legendary Pilsner Beer was born.
To take part on Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour is a great opportunity to learn more about Pilsen beer history.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery is the only one brewery at the world which keeps the traditions of handmade wooden barrels. Coopers of Pilsner Urquell Brewery produce small and also huge beer barrels (of the size 4.000 liters) which serve for storage of Pilsner lager beer in cellars of Pilsner Urquell Brewery. You can see these barrels during the Pilsen brewery tour. And we hope that this tradition will be included to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage soon.
If you want to know more about the history of the legendary Pilsen Brewery and about the ingredients from which Pilsner Urquell lager beer is brewed, then take part on the Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour.
1.2 Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour
When visiting Plzeň brewery you understand why Pilsner Urquell beer is so unique. Pilsner Urquell Tour will take you across all Pilsner Urquell factory's areas and explain how beer is made. You will learn about every step in the brewing process: ingredients used, malting, fermentation is steel tanks, maturation in wooden tanks etc.
First you will see the ingredients and beer brewing in general, then packaging plant (which has a capacity of 120,000 bottles per hour), will continue to see authentic parts of the brewery where the original Pilsner beer has been made since 1842 and current brewing houses of Pilsner Urquell Brewery.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour leads through all parts of the famous Plzeň Brewery.
The Pilsner brewery tour takes 100 minutes and finishes in the brewery cellars 20m below ground. Cellars beneath the Pilsen Brewery are 9 km long and they used to serve for storage and cooling of Plzeň beer. Ice pieces remained here for almost a whole year. Nowadays, only a small part of production is stored here: only beer which is fermented in wooden barrels.
Pilsen Brewery Tour finishes by tasting of Pilsner Urquell unpasteurized and non-filtered beer straight from the wooden barrel. Of course, if you are older than 18 years. Read more than 1K reviews on TripAdvisor.
Don't forget to bring a jacket or sweater, because beer cellar is really cold (7°C).
1.3 How to book Pilsner Urquell Tour?
You can get a fully guided tour in English, Czech, German or Russian. The ticket costs about US$13 and if you want to take pictures then another US$5. For booking of Plzeň brewery tour you have following 3 options:
- Come to Pilsner Urquell Brewery Visitors Centre directly. Tours are in a variety of languages that are shown on a screen above the admission desk. Just sign up for the one you need if it isn't full.
- Book your brewery tour online at web page of Pilsner Urquell Brewery.
- Enjoy the guided Pilsen tour, which is done by professional local guides and learn more about Plzeň attractions and history, have lunch and
continue to Pilsner Urquell Tour:
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Location: Pilsen, Czech Republic
✔ 2-course lunch
✔ Entrance fees
✔ Local guide
✔ Min. of 4 people per booking required
1.4 Pilsner Urquell Brewery tour from Prague
Visit Pilsner Urquell Brewery as a one day trip from Prague. The driver will pick up you in Prague and then bring you again back to your hotel. You will have enough time to visit the Pilsen Urquell Brewery, have lunch, and still have time for a short walk through Pilsen city centre. The city can be easily reached on foot. We strongly recommend to make a booking online at least 2 days ahead. Price for Pilsner Urquell Brewery tour (100 minutes) is CZK 250 (US$13).
✔ Total duration: 6 hrs.
✔ Travel time (one way): 1 hr.
✔ Free time in Pilsen: 4 hrs.
✘ Price doesn´t include entry fee and lunch
From US$25 / person
1.5 How to get to Pilsner Urquell Brewery from Prague?
Pilsner Urquell Brewery is a popular tourist goal for a day trip from Prague which is only about 90 kilometers far from Plzeň. You can come to Pilsen by: a car (but be careful when returning to Prague: maximum Blood Alcohol Content in Czechia is 0%), by a train, bus or taxi.
Would you like to enjoy the visit of Brewery by the most comfortable way? Do you want to travel directly from your hotel in Prague to Pilsner Urquell Brewery?
Then you can use the direct transfer from Prague to Pilsen. Prices start from US$25 per person. Let this reliable service to bring you straight to Pilsner Urquell Brewery, wait on you for 4 hours and then bring you back to Prague. As a bonus you will get free guided walking tour through Prague (4 hours) and the printed map and pocket tourist guide of Prague. Click here to book the excursion to Pilsner Urquell Brewery including the transfer from Prague to Pilsen and back.
How to get to Pilsner Urquell Brewery from Prague by train?
Czech Republic has one of the best railway networks in Europe. So, the transportation from Prague to Pilsen is quite easy by a direct train connection from Prague Main Railway station (Hlavní Nádraží) or Prague Smíchov station. Pilsner Urquell Brewery is situated 400 meters from the Pilsen Main Railway Station (Plzeň Hlavní nádraží). You can walk, just follow the sign "Plzeňský Pivovar".
Trains from Prague to Pilsen run several times a day. The journey takes about 110 minutes. Train ticket costs for one way (Prague to Pilsen)
4 EUR or you can buy the return ticket which is cheaper than two one way tickets. For train schedule go to the
Web page of Czech Railways and choose the English or German language.
Read also our detailed guide how to get from Prague to Pilsen here »
Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tours in English language take place three times a day.
1.6 Pilsner Urquell Brewery Restaurant: drink Pilsner Urquell Tank beer
The famous Pilsen Brewery 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, taste the typical Czech cuisine and the unpasteurized and unfiltered 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.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery Restaurant
Restaurant Na Spilce
U Prazdroje 7, Plzeň
GPS: 49°44'47.339"N, 13°23'10.568"E
Su - Th: 11am – 10pm
Fr - Sa: 11am - 11pm
Web page of the Restaurant Na Spilce
1.7 Pilsner Urquell Shop
Did you enjoy Pilsen brewery visit and want to buy some souvenirs, Pilsner Urquell glasses and mugs, pilsner beer, home accessories or clothing
with the logo of Pilsner Urquell Brewery? There is a special Pilsner Urguell Souvenir Shop in the area of Plzeň brewery where you can find wide-range of these items.
Pilsner Urquell Shop is open every day from 10 am till 7 pm.
Don´t have the chance to visit Pilsner Urquell Gift Shop? Then you can also buy Pilsner Urquell beer and gifts online here »
1.8 Brewery Museum Plzeň
Pilsen Urquell museum uses the same entrance as Pilsen Historical Underground. It is located in Plzeň City Centre, only 400 meters far from Pilsner Urquell Brewery. It is easy to walk by following marked path from Pilsner Urquell Brewery. You can download the free Tourist Map (pdf) of Plzeň City Center here.
The exposition of Pilsen Beer Museum will take you through the history of Plzeň beer production. In the atmosphere of the Middle Ages you will learn how Pilsen beer is brewed, how to serve and drink it. You can even taste Pilsner Urguell, of course if you are older than 18.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery museum reminds the time when started the production of Pilsner Beer.
Veleslavínova 6, Plzeň
Open: October – March: daily 10 am – 5 pm, April – September: daily 10 am – 7 pm
Web page of Pilsner Urquell Brewery Museum
1.9 Hotels near Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Just in front of Pilsner Urquell Brewery you will find very pleasant hotel Vienna House Easy Pilsen. It is an excellent place where you can stay overnight because it is situated close to Pilsner Urquell Brewery and also very close to Pilsen Old Town. The railway station is only 300 meters far. Click here to check out prices and book your stay.
Vienna House Easy Pilsen isn´t of course only one hotel near Pilsner Urquell Brewery. We prepared for you a review of 11 best hotels in Plzeň. Now, the choice will be easier for you. Read more about hotels in Plzeň here »
Pilsner Urquell Brewery isn´t the only one Plzeň Brewery. During your Plzeň beer tour you can taste also craft beer of some local Plzeň microbreweries: Purkmistr, U Pašáka, Raven and Beer Factory:
#2 Restaurant and brewery Beer Factory
The new microbrewery and restaurant Beer Factory was built in the old town house located on the corner of Dominikánská and Veleslavínova Street, just a few steps from the Plzeň Republic Square. The restaurant serves typical Czech food as Svíčková, Venison, burgers and steaks, the great advantage of this place is garden in inner courtyard.
Architects succeeded to connect an old architecture with modern clean industrial style: dominants are walls without painting and materials as iron, steel and wood. The beer club and the biggest part of all technologies are concentrated in the cellar, but the main bar with two brew houses are in the ground floor.
The brewery offers several kinds of own beer including top fermented beer (called ale) but it imports also fine beer from Belgium as Kasteel Rouge or Gulden Draak.
The brewery is very popular among tourists, for Friday evening you will need a reservation.
If you want to find an accommodation close to the brewery Beer Factory, I recommend a beautiful place Hotel Rango.
Open Mo-Th: 11am-11pm, Fr+Sa: 11am-12pm, Su: 11am-11pm.
Dominikánská 8, Plzeň. Web page of Beer Factory Brewery.
Restaurant and brewery Beer Factory.
For those who prefer bottom-fermented beer (as Pilsner lager made
by Pilsner Urquell Brewery) and don´t like fruity beer as ale, is better to visit the next Pilsen brewery “U Pašáka”.
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#3 Pilsen brewery and restaurant "U Pašáka"
I discovered this brewery in December 2017 short before Christmas. We searched for a place where we can have “a before Christmas meeting” with our friends. This place looked very well, there was enough place for more groups of people and it was not far from Pilsen city center.
The restaurant is new and place very pleasant. This Plzeň brewery produces an unfiltered and unpasteurized bohemian style beer: semi dark and light beer. The brewery is also testing new versions of beer, you can be surprised every time.
The restaurant became to be very popular, all meals we had were excellent and beer also.
Open Mo-Fr: 10am-11pm, Sa: 11am-11pm, Su: 11am-9pm.
Poděbradova 12, Plzeň. Web page of the brewery U Pašáka.
Restaurant and brewery "U Pašáka" offers beer of own production.
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#4 Purkmistr: hotel, brewery, restaurant and Plzeň beer spa
Purkmistr brewery is a great place where you can spend a whole weekend with your partner, friends or family and we guarantee that nobody will get bored.
This Pilsen brewery is located in the suburban part of Plzeň-Černice. The large newly renovated farmhouse includes a beerhouse with a brewery, a restaurant, a hotel Purkmistr with spa, wellness and a bowling alley.
It brews own beer under Purkmistr brand: PURKMISTR lager (classic Pilsner style lager), semi dark and dark 12% lager, PÍSAŘ wheat beer (top-fermented wheat beer with a characteristic fruity component), RADNÍ (amber semi-dark special with a prolonged maturation time) etc. There is also a wide variety of beers flavored with fruit and herbal flavors.
Restaurant is open: Mo-Th: 11am-11pm, Fr-Sa: 11am-12pm, Su: 11am-10pm.
Selská náves 21/2, Plzeň - Černice.
Brewery and beer spa Purkmistr in Plzeň.
The beer in Purkmistr house is brewed using traditional recipes, several types of high quality malting barley, hops from the Žatec region and a famous Pilsen’s soft water. The beer is served unfiltered and unpasteurized, so all the original nutrients are preserved and thanks to this it contains exclusively natural substances: a high vitamin B content, sugar, yeast, etc. So it has many benefits for your body.
Former farmhouse was reconstructed and serves as a brewery now.
What makes this brewery exceptional?
- a wide range of activities as Pilsen brewery tour, bowling, yoga lessons, wellness with sauna and massage
- a beautiful and quite place of the former farmhouse
- Pilsen city center very easily reachable by trolleybus No. 13
- Czech traditional cuisine
#5 RAVEN brewery and pub
We finish our Plzeň Brewery Tour in young Pilsen Brewery RAVEN. The cute pub with 60 places for sitting was open in 2017.
RAVEN brewery is situated behind the pub and brews 6 kinds of own beer, mainly ale beer. It is also possible to order the brewery tour with beer tasting.
Pub is open:
Fr-Su: 2pm- until the last guest leave.☺
Address: Mozartova 1, Plzeň.
Web page of RAVEN Brewery.
The pub offers cold and sometimes hot meals, and there are barbecues in the garden during the summer. The RAVEN beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized and it is served directly from the lager cellar at the same temperature as the beer matured.
It is the end of our Plzeň Beer Tour. I hope that you learned something new about Pilsen beer and now you are prepared to check on your own where to drink the best beer in Plzeň. I appreciate your comments on our Facebook page. Cheers!
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Written by Šárka Novotná
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I'm Šárka and I'm so glad you've found this Website! I was born in Plzeň and from the love to my home city I launched PlzenGuide.com. I hope you will find important information and ideas about how to spend an incredible time in Pilsen Czech Republic.