Plzen Czech Republic was founded by the good King Wenceslas in the thirteenth century. The capital of West Bohemia remains a wonderfully preserved example of high Gothic design, surrounded by rolling green hills and lush forests.
The town's German name provides a clue to an important aspect of the city's heritage. Pilsen Czech Republic is the birthplace of Pilsner Urquell beer. Since the 1800s, master brewers have perfected the lager, creating that drink as we know it today, a golden brew with a bitter edge. A tour of the Plzensky Prazdroj brewery is one of the most popular things to do in Plzen. The visitor center offers tours in Czech, English, German, and several other languages, detailing the dynamic process that goes into creating the beer loved around the world. Along the way, you'll have the chance to see the ultra-modern packaging plant, visit the hall of fame, and view exhibits. While in the cellar, adults can taste Pilsner Urquell directly from the barrel.
At the same time the brewers were creating their beer, several of the Plzen attractions were debuting. The Grand Theatre and West Bohemian Museum were built as the Industrial Revolution brought the town into the modern era. In the town square, you can see a monument to the American Army, who liberated Plzen Czech Republic from the Nazi occupation in May 1945.
Many of the religious sites in Plzen Czech Republic have become cultural treasures, in addition to remaining places of worship. The Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew was built in the Middle Ages. Its spire soars nearly 350 feet into the air. Plzen is also home to one of the largest Jewish Synagogues in the world. After falling into disrepair after the Nazi occupation and Communist rule, the building has been carefully restored. Along with hosting religious surfaces, the Plzen Great Synagogue holds concerts and photography exhibits.
All of the Plzen attractions are located within an hour's drive of Prague. When including a day trip in your vacation plans, you'll be able to explore one of the world's great cities. Like Plzen, the capital city offers an array of exciting things to do, including grand cathedrals, the National Museum, and exciting nightlife.
Even though many of things to do in Plzen revolve around historical sites, you won't feel like you're lost in the past. Plzen is a modern community offering many fine amenities. Several restaurants specialize in Czech cuisine as well as international flavors. The Plzen hotels are well equipped with wireless Internet, satellite TVs, indoor pools, air conditioning, and other contemporary comforts. Often, the staff is eager to provide recommendations for Plzen attractions and help set up sightseeing tours.
The list of things to do in Plzen also includes a chance to get out and enjoy nature. No matter what the season, the rivers, nearby mountains, and forests draw the attention of people who like to go hiking, cycling, swimming, and horseback riding. In the winter, you can make a short trip to nearby communities near the border with Austria and Germany, where many skiing resorts are found among the peaks of the Sumava Mountains.