I have just come back from a weekend in the Czech Republic and Pilsen was one of the cities that I visited. Here is what one day in Pilsen might look like including what to do there or how to even get to Pilsen in the first place.
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How to get to Pilsen?
If you are coming by plane then you are best-off flying into Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. Pilsen and Prague are also some of the best European destinations to visit during autumn.
As Pilsen is not the biggest city and all its highlights can be seen quite quickly you probably would combine your trip with another city anyway if you are coming from far away.
Arriving to Pilsen by Public Transportation
From Prague you can just take a Flixbus to Pilsen which can be pretty cheap (around 2.49€). This can take around 1 to 2 hours depending on the route the bus takes of course.
If you want to travel by train, that will take around 1.5 hours. and cost 105 CZK (4€).
Arriving to Pilsen by car
If you are coming to Pilsen by car then I would say the best option would be to park at the Rychtářka Parking House. From there it is just a short walk to the city centre and it is really affordable and open 24 hours of the day. For a day pass from 7am to 7pm you will for example pay 60 CZK (around 2.25€).
From Prague it is around a 100km drive to Pilsen. Or around a 205km drive from Nuremberg so you can get an idea of the distance when coming from Germany.
Where to Stay in Pilsen?
I had stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott Pilsen which was pretty good. The rooms were really big and the breakfast was great. It was located right in the centre and also just by the parking house. So that is handy if you are arriving by car and want to stay close to the car park and the city centre at the same time. You can also park by the hotel but it is more expensive. Everything is in walking distance.
Things to do in Pilsen
Here are a couple of things that you can do in the city of Pilsen.
1. Walk up to the top of the Cathedral
The cathedral itself is currently being renovated so I was not able to enter it. But you can still walk up the stairs to the viewing platform of the tower (50CZK Adults, 35CZK students). That is definitely a must-see attraction as you can get amazing views of the entire city. The Cathedral of St. Bartholomew is located just on the main square and easy to find.
2. Visit the Brewery
If the name Pilsen sounds familiar then that is probably the case because you are familiar with Pilsner beer. The first Pilsner was the Pilsner Urquell which originated in Pilsen and is still produced in the city of Pilsen today.
Therefore, a visit to the Pilsner Urquell Brewery is a must during one day in Pilsen if you are interested in learning more of the brewing process and want to try some real Pilsner beer.
3. Visit the Great Synagoge
The Synagoge in Pilsen is the second largest Synagoge in Europe, only the Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest is bigger. Sadly, it was also under construction and not open for visitors for the entire year. But the outside is still really impressive to look at.
4. Republic Square (Namesti Republiky)
A big square is the heart of any city and the republic square is no different. It is really beautiful and you can find a bunch of beautiful buildings around it.
5. Go out for Dinner
There are a couple of nice looking restaurants in Pilsen. I went to a Burger restaurant called Delish were I had some chilli cheese fries and grilled veggies since the veggie burger option didn’t seem to appealing to me (mushrooms ugh). They food was great though.
And that completes one day in Pilsen. There is not too much to do but it was still a nice getaway and it did not feel too touristy. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area and want to see other places in the Czech Republic than just Prague.
Talk to you later,
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