The most amazing things to do in Plzeň (Pilsen) Czech Republic
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Plzeň is worldwide known for Pilsner beer, but there is much more what to see and do in Pilsen Czech Republic than just tasting the beer.
Plzeň is a pleasant City with a rich history, surrounded by a beautiful nature and offering wide range of different activities for visitors of every age and interest.
Pilsen is situated in the Central Europe. It is the forth largest City in the Czech Republic and thanks to the good position Plzeň also can serve as your base for exploring places like Prague, Český Krumlov, Šumava mountains and spa towns Karlovy Vary and Mariánské Lázně.
Whether you are visiting Plzeň for the first time or coming back for a special occasion, you’ll discover a city full of unforgettable landmarks and exciting things to do. Explore Plzeň like a local and find what to see and do in Pilsen Czech Republic.
Here is the detailed guide to what to do in Pilsen to enjoy every month of the year. We guarantee that nobody will get bored.
Are you looking for things to do in Pilsen with children? Plenty of playgrounds, sport areas, fun and educational attractions, nice surrounding: this creates the great oportunity for a good time in Plzeň for kids of all ages. Find kids entertainment in Plzeň Czech Republic with help of our guide.
- Pilsner Urquell Brewery
- Sightseeing tour in Pilsen
- Pilsen historical underground
- Taste Czech Cuisine
- Pilsen cultural events
- Techmania and 3D Planetarium
- Farmer markets
- Climb the Tower
- Beer spa
- Shopping in Plzeň
- Pilsen ZOO
- Dinopark in Plzeň
- Trips from Pilsen
- Castles close to Plzeň
- Summer language school
#1 Visit of Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Visit of Pilsner Urquell Brewery is usually the main reason why tourists are coming to Plzeň. Pilsen is a paradise for all beer lovers. You won´t find a city with so many breweries.
Here are beer related top things to do in Pilsen Czech Republic:
- drink beer and compare different styles of beer
- see the production of beer
- learn how to tap beer
- learn how to brew beer
Pilsner Urquell is the biggest producer of beer in the Czech Republic and Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour is according TripAdvisor one of the world´s best tourist attractions. Pilsner Urquell Brewery is a goal of 750,000 tourists from all over the world.
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Location: Pilsen, Czech Republic
✔ 2-course lunch
✔ Entrance fees
✔ Local guide
✔ Min. of 4 people per booking required
From US$59 BOOK NOW
Pilsner beer was born in Plzeň in 1842, when it was first brewed by Josef Groll. And the famous bottom fermented lager beer is still produced in the traditional way.
If you would like to see the production of Pilsner beer and learn more about the history of Pilsner Urquell Brewery then take part on the Guided Tour through Pilsner Urquell Brewery. You will visit also unique cellars and at the end of the tour you can taste unpasteurized and non-filtered Pilsner Urquell 12° beer straight from the barrel.
#2 Sightseeing tour in Pilsen old town
Pilsen is the city with over seven hundred years of history; it means that there are a lot of monuments you can visit in Plzeň.
In comparison to other cities Pilsen is extraordinary in that respect that all of the historical sightseeing places are located within one area of the city center. Therefore, Pilsen attractions can be visited on foot.
What can you see in Pilsen? The best place where to start your Pilsen sightseeing tour is a Main square (Republic Square) where you can admire the Gothic Cathedral of St. Bartholomew with the highest tower in the Czech Republic, Renaissance city hall and 3 modern fountains. Near Main Square are located also second largest synagogue in Europe and Pilsen Historical Underground: the unique labyrinth of underground corridors, cellars and wells.
Pilsen City Center is surrounded by nice parks, where you can take rest. The shadow from trees is pleasant especially in a hot summer. Download for free our PDF Guide to the most interesting Pilsen attractions here »
#3 Pilsen Historical Underground
Visit of Pilsen Historical Underground is the next Pilsen must see. The walk through cellars 10 meters bellow Plzeň old town is an unforgettable experience.
Everybody will receive a helmet and can start to explore unique mysterious labyrinth of underground corridors. The history of Pilsen cellars and wells began early in the 14th century. The underground 800 meters long tour introduces the history of Plzeň city and life of Pilsen citizens in the Middle Ages. You can entry also with kids, if they are older than 3 years. 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
Booking of Pilsen Historical Underground »
The visit of Plzeň historic underground helps you to understand the history of Pilsen City.
#4 Taste Czech Cuisine
Walking in Pilsen and exploring all these historical highlights can be sometimes very demanding. And it is the right time to take to taste Czech cuisine and Pilsner Beer.
What is the traditional Czech Cuisine?
Czech Cuisine is not extra healthy, but it is very tasty, delicious and also fatty and filling. But you did not travel to Pilsen to eat Italian food, did you?
The Czech food consists of a lot of flour, meat, potatoes and sweet stuff accompanied with beer.
Probably the most famous Czech meal is “Svíčková”, roast duck with cabbage and dumplings, goulash, schnitzel with potato (or potato salad), beef steak tartare and fruit dumplings.
#5 Enjoy Pilsen festivals and cultural events
Pilsen is a City rich of cultural events. Many of them are connected with beer; you can attend at least 3 or 4 beer festival in Pilsen each year. Which other events you can enjoy in Plzeň?
The most important event takes place in the beginning of May: we celebrate the end of World War II in 1945. Thousands of tourists are coming to Plzeň for the Celebration of Liberation.
Summer months are full of open-air concerts and theatre performances called Vivid street festival.
Almost every weekend from spring to autumn you can find some street food festival, concerts, special markets or fireworks. Enjoy the atmosphere of Christmas markets in Pilsen at the end of the year and find gifts for your family and friends.
Looking for an accommodation in Plzeň? Read our review of Pilsen hotels here »
#6 Techmania Science Center and 3D Planetarium
Techmania is located in a building of former Škoda works. Now the building is reconstructed and lives its second live. It hosts interactive exhibitions on a total area of 7500m2.
Techmania is place where nobody get bored: it provides a fun and education for the whole family. By very popular and experimental way you will learn more than in physics lessons, you can try your own experiments, do your own research, drive to Earth's core and do other amazing things.
Planetarium is a part of the Techmania Science Center. It is located in separate building in front of Techmania. Thanks to the modern technologies the Pilsen 3D planetarium ranks among the best facilities of its kind in Europe.
U Planetária 1, Plzeň
GPS: 49°44'20.7869"N, 13°21'44.702"E
Web page of Techmania Plzeň
Mo-Fr: 8.30 am – 5 pm,
Sa: 10 am – 7 pm,
Su: 10 am - 6 pm
about USD 7.3 for Techmania including Planetarium, family ticket for 4 persons: USD 27
#7 Farmer markets in Pilsen Main Square
Come to taste and buy fresh products of local farmers as cheese, meat, bread, honey, wine, fruits and vegetables.
#8 Climb the Tower
The Cathedral of St. Bartholomew is situated in Republic (main) Square in Plzeň. Take the chance to see Pilsen from above.
The Tower of St.Bartholomew Cathedral (102,6 meters) is the highest tower in the Czech Republic and it is open for visitors. 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).
#9 Beer spa in Plzeň
Beer is full of vitamins and in a reasonable quantity is very healthy for your body. And it is not only healthy to drink it but even to take a bath in beer.
Where you can find a beer spa in Pilsen? In Hotel Purkmistr, which has also its own brewery and restaurant. Hotel Purkmistr offers a wide range of things to do there: to take beer bath, brewery tour, bowling, yoga lessons, wellness with sauna and massage.
#10 Shopping in Plzeň
Very popular goal of tourists are flea markets in Plzeň. The shopping in flea markets is a little bit different experience. Sometimes you can find here "real treasures". There are also big shopping malls in Pilsen.
#11 Pilsen ZOO
Would you like to know if you run faster than cheetah? Do you want to make a selfie with giraffe or visit an underground shelter from World War II?
Then it is the right time to visit Zoological and Botanical Garden in Plzeň. More than 1300 kinds of animals lives in this second largest ZOO in the Czech Republic. ZOO in Plzeň is a popular goal for Pilsen visitors: almost a half of milion tourists visit this place each year.
You will find here not only exotic animals but also a farm called Lüftnerka with domestic animals as horses, goats, sheeps, pigs, geese etc.
Pod Vinicemi 9, Plzeň
Main entrance: GPS: 49° 45´27.85´´ N; 13° 21´35.90´´
Web page of ZOO Plzeň
Open daily: 9 am – 5 pm (April – October: 8 am - 7 pm)
Entry fee in the main season: about USD 6.5 for adults / USD 5 reduced entrance fee
Entry fee November – March: about USD 4.5 for adults / USD 3 reduced entrance fee
For family (2+2): USD 22.5 / 14 (except of main season)
Please, don´t entry with dogs.
Family friendly hotels in Plzeň:
Do you travel with kids and don´t know which hotel in Pilsen to choose? Hotel Vienna House Easy Pilsen can be a good option. Children receive welcome gifts and kids under 12 eat for free from the kids menu when you purchase an adult meal in the hotel restaurant. One child under 12 years stays free of charge when using existing beds. Click here to check out prices and book your stay in Vienna House Easy Pilsen »
Are you looking for a hotel in a quiet place and with swimming pool? Then Parkhotel Plzeň is a right choice. Big advantage is free parking in front of the hotel and a breakfast included in price. Click here to check out prices and book your stay in Parkhotel Plzeň »
#12 Dinopark in Pilsen
DinoPark in Plzeň offers tens of models of prehistoric animals in their original size and performing authentic sounds. The largest model of the park was a gigantic Apatosaurus with the length of 23 meters until 2018, the smallest is Compsognathus with length of only 1 meter, you could see it at the beginning of Spielberg´s movie “The Lost World: Jurassic Park“. In April 2018, the huge model of Argentinosaurus was installed: its weight is 70 tons and the length amazing 35 meters!
The DinoPark also features a palaeontological playground for children and a 3D cinema: the multi-entry to 3D cinema is included in the DinoPark ticket.
Dinopark Pilsen is an extraordinary educational and entertainment park with the origin in Plzeň. You can find only 9 of Dinoparks in the world, each is a little bit different. 5 Dinoparks are in the Czech Republic, 2 in Slovakia, one in Spain and one in Russia. And all of them are manufactured in Pilsen.
In Dinopark Plzeň you can find large static models and also computer-controlled, which can handle several types of movements. They are all electric. Each model has its own computer and the program. Models are moving with tail, head, they are raking, blinking, chewing and screaming. Their body is covered by a specially developed a flexible artificial skin.
The DinoPark in Pilsen is located close to the upper entrance to the ZOO, if you buy a ticket which covers both ZOO and Dinopark you will get a discount.
Nad Zoo 1, Plzeň, GPS: 49°45‘36.377“N, 13°21‘27.21“E
Web page of Dinopark Plzeň
Open: April - October 8 am – 6 pm
Entry fee: about USD 5 for adults / USD 3.6 for kids 3-15
#13 One day trips from Plzeň
Pilsen is located just 90 km from Prague, the romantic capital City of Czech Republic. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And you can use a train for the day trip from Pilsen to Prague: the journey takes only one and half hour.
If you prefer more quiet places not overcrowded by tourists, you can visit spa towns near Plzeň. Just one hour driving from Plzeň is situated spa town Mariánské Lázně with a lovely singing fountain.
#14 Fairytale castles and monasteries close to Pilsen
Looking for the afternoon or an half-day trip from Pilsen? Thanks to the short distance from Pilsen are Kozel and Radyně Castles popular goal of Pilsen citizens.
The visit of castles in Pilsen region is an unforgettable experience. You will travel back in the time, learn more about the history and then have your time to relax in the nice nature in surrounding.
#15 Study languages at Summer School
Pilsen is a University City. And it is very popular University City among even foreigner students. You can study medicine, mechanical engineering, applied science, design etc. in Plzeň.
You can also take part on International Summer Language School (ISLS). ISLS is organized by Westbohemian University in Pilsen. You can choose to study English, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French or Czech language. It is a great opportunity how to make new friends and learn a language. ISLS take place every July, it lasts 3 weeks.
You will have also chance to discover Pilsen and surrounding during afternoon activities and excursions. Read more about International Summer Language School here.
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The increasing number of tourists coming to Pilsen is a proof that Plzeň offers its visitors a wide range of different experiences. I hope that our list of awesome things to see and do in Pilsen Czech Republic inspired you how to spend your time in Plzeň. Thanks for reading.
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.