Pilsen – Plzeň

location mapPilsen (Plzeň) was under construction during my visit, but that didn’t keep it from being a picturesque and interesting stop.  Pilsen is in the western part of Bohemia, about 90 km (55 miles) west of Prague.  It is a city of about 170,000 people that dates back to the 900’s.

A highlight for me was visiting the Plzeňský Prazdroj (read that story here) but that was by no means the only thing I was able to do. Following are photos (captions when given appear above) to tell the story:

Pilsen is home to the tallest cathedral in the Czech Republic, the 13th century St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral at 102 meters (335 feet).  Taking a walk to the top is not for the faint-hearted, but is well worth the view.

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Steep stairs

Views from the top

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Pilsen Underground gives a very different perspective.  Guided tours are offered in a part of the more than 20 kilometers of tunnels and cellars that lie beneath the central city.  The focus is primarily historical.

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the way to beerPUB was a very interesting pub concept featuring self-serve taps on every table. (read the article here)The PUB

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