Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour: what will surprised you during Pilsen Brewery Tour
Plzeň is the hometown of the world famous Pilsner Beer, which has been brewed in Pilsner Urquell Brewery the same way since 1842.
And Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour is according TripAdvisor one of the world´s best tourist attractions. Come to Plzeň (Pilsen) Czech Republic to see where Pilsner Beer was born.
Read about the history of Pilsner Urquell Brewery, process of brewing of Pilsner Beer, the secret recipe and learn more about ingredients which make Pilsner lager beer so unique. Let´t take Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour.
- History of Pilsner Urquell Brewery
- Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour: price and times
- Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour from Prague
#1 History of Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Pilsner Urquell Brewery is the biggest producer of beer in Czech Republic and Pilsen Brewery Tour is a goal of 750,000 tourists from all over the world every year.
Is there any more famous beer than the 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.
To take part on Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour is a great opportunity to learn more about Pilsner beer history.
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 invited 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.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Plzeň
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)
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.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour leads through all parts of the famous Plzeň Brewery.
#2 Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour
When visiting Plzeň brewery you understand why Pilsner Urquell beer is so unique. Pilsner Urquell Brewery 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.
Tours in English language take place three times a day.
The Pilsner brewery tour takes 100 minutes and finishes in the brewery cellars 20m below ground. Cellars 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).
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
#3 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
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.
#4 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 Shop in the area of the brewery where you can find wide-range of these items.
Pilsner Urquell Shop is open every day from 10 am till 7 pm.
#5 Pilsner Urquell Brewery Restaurant
The famous Pilsner Urquell 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 dishes 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.
#6 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
#7 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 City Center. The railway station is also nearby. 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, which are close to Pilsner Urquell Brewery and also close to Pilsen Old Town. Now, the choice will be easier for you. Read more about Pilsen hotels here »
#8 Other Pilsen Breweries
Pilsner Urquell Brewery isn´t the only one Plzeň Brewery. During your visit to Plzen you can taste also craft beer of some local microbreweries: Purkmistr, U Pašáka, Raven and Beer Factory. Read more where to drink the best beer in Plzeň here »
It is the end of our Plzeň Brewery tour. I hope that you learned something new about Plzeň beer and now you are prepared to check on your own what Pilsen brewery is really the best. 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.