Pilsen Region

The Pilsen Region’s location in the western part of the Czech Republic predestined it to be the gateway, crossroad, and a place where visitors from the whole Europe meet. It is the third largest region in the country by area and ninth by population. 

Contact information

Pilsen Convention Bureau
Náměstí republiky 33
301 00 Plzeň
Czech Republic
Tel.: +420 777 329 399
Email: info@pilsenconvention_cz

Web pages
www.pilsenconvention.cz

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The centre of the Region has always been Pilsen. The Region is remarkable with a beautiful landscape, the most attractive parts of which form the borderland mountain ranges Šumava and Český les (Bohemian Forest). The Šumava National Park/Nature Conservation Area forms together with the Bavarian Forest National Park a united natural unit, unique in Europe, in 1990 declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve, called the “Green roof of Europe”.

The Region offers numerous castles and chateaux to be visited, such as Přimda, Rabí, Velhartice, Švihov, Manětín, Horšovský Týn, and Kapšerk. The Radyně Castle ruins with a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside and the classicistic Kozel chateau are situated near Pilsen. There are also many significant sacral structures, such as the Kladruby and Plasy monasteries, and the works of the famous Baroque architects Santini and Dientzenhofer.

Other sites of interest include complexes of folk architecture, numerous rural conservation areas (Chanovice, Trhanov, Újezd) and the smallest town in Central Europe Rabštejn nad Střelou. The spa town Konstantinovy Lázně dispenses healing springs of hydrocarbonate sodium-magnesium mineral water. The surviving folk culture and traditions, especially in the Chodsko area, are considered a phenomenon.

The Pilsen Region may be characterised as a land of an industrial and beer-brewing tradition. The world-famous Pilsner Urquell brewery is the biggest Czech beer exporter (exporting to almost 50 countries worldwide) and the leading brewing company in Central and Eastern Europe. But there is much more than beer to the Pilsen Region and the town of Pilsen. The wine-making group Bohemia Sekt is the most important and biggest producer of wine in the country with the annual production of over 23 million bottles. The traditional spirit producer Stock Pilsen-Božkov with a tradition over 80 years is currently the biggest Czech company in the industry.

Come to the Pilsen Region and enjoy its diversity

Pilsen – the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic and the capital of Western Bohemia - was founded in 1295 by Wenceslas II, the King of Bohemia, to become an economic and administrative centre. Its favourable location on important trade routes allowed the town to keep contacts with Western Europe for several centuries and brought fast economic development as well as the formation of numerous cultural traditions.

The development is related to the establishment of two companies which made Pilsen famous throughout the world – the Pilsner Urquell brewery and the Škoda engineering company. Tourists from all around the world come to the Western Bohemia capital thanks to its interesting history and delicious taste of local beer.

Outstanding monuments of the city include its historic centre with St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral (the tallest spire in the country – 103 m), the Great Synagogue (the third largest synagogue in the world), Pilsen Madonna (marlstone statue from the late 14th century), and the main square Náměstí Republiky – with its dimensions 139x193 m among the largest squares in Europe at the time of its formation. The square, where many various events take place, is decorated with three modern fountains named after traditional Pilsen motifs: Angel, Female greyhound, and Camel. Almost the entire historic centre is surrounded with a park with benches and cafés, inviting visitors to rest.

The EU Council of Ministers has awarded Pilsen the prestigious title “European Capital of Culture” for 2015. However, the city provides an unusually rich cultural and social life already: it is a place of music, theatre, and film festivals, a place with a unique theatre tradition.

Probably the best known site in the city may be considered the already mentioned Pilsner Urquell brewery, producing the most famous beer in the world.

At the beginning, it was a story of courage to follow a new, unexplored way leading to the birth of a completely new type of beer – bottom fermented pale lager. Later it was named Pils after its place of origin and today it is the best selling type of beer in the world. Pilsner Urquell, which gave the name to all beers labelled as Pils or Pilsner, has maintained its uniqueness to this day.

A careful selection of ingredients, craft of brewmasters passed on from generation to generation, and time-proven formulas are still the quality assurance of Pilsen beer. In the course of time, the story expanded to include other brands Gambrinus, Radegast, and Velkopopovický Kozel, now respected parts of Pilsner Urquell.

Keen interest in quality and tireless efforts to find new ways became values thanks to which this story has inspired millions of people throughout the world.

However, the art of brewing beer is not the only interesting aspect of this story. The effort to gain perfection serves as a measure for everything that precedes the moment of a delightful gulp. From a careful selection of hops and barley, through the brewing, to proper care taken and the skill to offer the resulting product: all this requires strong principles, a professional approach, mutual trust, respect for tradition, and the most precious ingredient – heart and art of all those that live the story.

There are many people who take inspiration from the story and help write its new chapters. This large fellowship includes Pilsen Urquell partners, innkeepers and dealers who draw and sell the beer, malted barley and hops growers, and together with them those the products and services of which contribute to the success of Pilsner Urquell.

Incentive programme 

PILSNER URQUELL – Visit Pilsen to see the history of Pilsner Urquell beer

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The town brewery in Pilsen was founded by Pilsen beer-brewers in 1842, the first brew was made on 5 October 1842. Shortly afterwards, the local beer known as Pilsner Urquell spread to the whole world and the brewery gradually extended to its present size. Nowadays it is a life and dynamic place where the traditional brewing method blends with the latest brewing technologies. This contributes to the development of a unique industrial monument which attracts all experts and lovers of good beer.

 

Excursions to the Pilsner Urquell brewery – Meeting the legend: The tour follows authentic sites where the Pilsner Urquell beer has been brewed from the very beginning. Visitors can see a modern bottling plant with the capacity of 120,000 bottles per hour, unique exhibition of ingredients, historic as well as present brew houses, and the hall of fame containing the most important treasures of the brewery. An essential part of the tour is the visit to historic brewery cellars and tasting unfiltered and unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell (only for those over 18 years old).

Brewing Museum excursions – The beer story: This is the only museum of its kind in the world.  Visitors here can experience the story of beer from the ancient times to the present. The Museum is located in an exceptionally preserved historic brewery house, breathing the air of the Middle Ages and telling about brewing, serving and drinking beer. Undoubtedly an enjoyable and educational exhibition for history and brewing enthusiasts.

In 2012, the brewery celebrates 170 years from the first brewing. For this significant jubilee, two jubilee excursion tours will be prepared for clients and visitors:

Seeking Pilsner Urquell history: Compared to a standard excursion, this tour focuses on the history of the Pilsen brewery. It includes a guide in a period costume and some surprises in the historic cellars.

Through the brewery on a wagon: An hour-drive on a horse-pulled wagon to places normally closed for visitors. The tour also leads along modern premises, introducing the unique blend of history and the present of the largest Czech brewery. It further covers a historic brew house, a current brew house, the hall of fame, and lager cellars with tasting unfiltered and unpasteurised beer drawn directly from a barrel.

 

Party weekends in Gambrinus brewery

A pile of entertainment prepared exclusively for your group. You will spend four and a half hours in the heart of the brewery with brewing experts and excellent Gambrinus beer. You and your friends will have the full attention of the brewery staff.

Party programme:

  • Guided tour through the Gambrinus brewery to show how you favourite beer is brewed.
  • Competitions in the Gambrinus Arena – you can challenge your friend to a guitar duel or penalty shoot-out.
  • A lecture of drawing and caring for beer with a brewing expert; which of you is the most skilled barman?
  • Three-hour sit-down in the Gambrinus brewhouse from 1869.
  • Unlimited consumption of Gambrinus beer supplied directly from our brewmasters with the choice of three types: Gambrinus pale, Gambrinus 11° Excelent, and Gambrinus Premium pale lager.
  • A snack to go with the beer.
  • A present for each participant.
  • Party timetable: Friday or Saturday evening, 4.5 hours in total (1.5 hours excursion and 3 hours sit-down with Gambrinus beer).

 

PILSEN HISTORIC UNDERGROUND 

A tour through a labyrinth of corridors, cellars, and wells built underneath the town from the 14th century. Visitors are shown the life under the town and discover the secret of authentic findings and recesses hidden in the underground.

Golf Park Pilsen

Golf Park Pilsen was built in 2003-2004 on the north-eastern edge of the city close to the village of Dýšina. This master 18-hole course is elegantly placed in a beautiful surrounding landscape. Golf Park Pilsen is the home course of Golf Club Pilsen-Dýšina, a regular member of the Czech Golf Federation.

TECHMANIA SCIENCE CENTRE

The Techmania science centre in Pilsen is a unique project in the Czech Republic, convincing its visitors that science is not only about exploration but also about play!

Knowing the world around us: Visitors are told how centrifugal force works, what Ohm’s law is about, basic principles of optics, and many other interesting issues. They can personally experience what it is like to be a spy or crime scene investigator, getting to know ballistics, dactylography, or document coding. They are further entertained with a scientific-technical show with liquid nitrogen and static electricity, making their hair stand on end.

BOHEMIA SEKT

An excursion through the whole production from cellars to the adjustment line. Visitors learn how a bottle of Bohemia Sekt is made, from still wine coming from renowned Moravian vineyards to noble sparkling wine. They are initiated into the alchemy of technological procedures and a number of technical terms are clarified. They are also shown the original cellars hidden underground in which sparkling wine matures. And they can become experts on sparkling wine, knowing how to perceive sparkling wine with all the senses, how to judge the quality and uniqueness of each bottle.

KOZEL CHATEAU

The Kozel Chateau is the most frequented historic monument in Western Bohemia. Those wishing to know the explanation of the Chateau rather unusual name (“Billy-goat”) should go just a few kilometres south of Pilsen, close to the Šťáhlavy village.

DinoPark Pilsen – prehistory seen in one’s own eyes

A unique amusement park with both static and moving resounding models of life-sized prehistoric animals, situated in an environment which they probably inhabited more than 65 million years ago. The robotic moving models are computer-controlled and driven by air compressors, the whole park is controlled by a central computer. The static models are all life-sized, accurately depicting both the anatomy and body surface of each animal. The largest model is the Apatosaurus – 23 m long.

Plasy Monastery – the first Cistercian sovereign monastery in Bohemia

One of the tours is dedicated to the oldest and at the same time most important structure of the Plasy Monastery complex. Visitors are shown the cloister (decorated with Baroque frescos by Jakub Antonín Pinka, František Müller, and Josef Kramolín), Chapter Hall, St. Bernard’s Chapel, hospital wing with an exhibition of pharmacies and unique Baroque toilets, library, Abbot’s office, reading room, and winter refectory. They are told not only about the monastery history, but also about what happened after the monastery was closed down.

Pilsen – West Bohemian capital with 170,000 inhabitants

Pilsen is a corporate town in West Bohemia, situated at the confluence of the rivers Mže, Radbuza, Úhlava and Úslava. Today, Pilsen is famous mainly as the city that gave the world the name of "Pils". Indeed, Pilsner Urquell beer, brewed in Pilsen since 1842, is one of the most celebrated lager-type beers in the world. This has made the Pilsen brewery into a legendary place, visited by tourists from all over the world.

 

However, it is not only lager that keeps the city going. In addition to its world-famous beverage and many stylish restaurants, Pilsen also has a wealth of monuments and interesting places. Among the most significant is St. Bartholomew's Cathedral with the tallest spire in the Czech Republic, located in the very centre of the city. Other places of interest are the Great Synagogue, the third largest building of this type in the world, and the historic Pilsen underground labyrinth, which is connected to the Brewing Museum devoted to the history of beer and the brewery.

The significance of Pilsen as a city is underlined by the fact that it will be the European Capital of Culture in 2015.

Location

Pilsen is situated between Prague and the border with Germany. A motorway connects the city with both. From Prague and its airport, the journey to Pilsen takes only 50 minutes. From the German border it takes 40 minutes.

Convention venues and accommodation

The biggest fully-equipped convention venue in the city centre is the Měšťanská Beseda cultural centre. Its largest hall has a capacity of up to 525 people and a floor area of 445 m2. There are also congress hotels two and three kilometres from the centre. The two biggest conference halls can cater to up to 900 persons (1,000 m2) and 250 persons (255 m2) respectively.

Four-star hotels account for 80 % of the total accommodation available with a capacity of over 1,800 beds.

Accompanying programmes

Pilsner Urquell Brewery offers diverse accompanying programmes with competitions, tours and restaurant services. Apart from the many interesting places to visit in the city, you can spend some time admiring heritage sites in the surroundings like the Kozel and Nebílovy chateaux, where accompanying programmes can be arranged. There is also the opportunity to play golf at the Dýšina Golf Park.

Pilsen Convention Bureau

The Pilsen Convention Bureau offers its services to organisers of congresses, conferences and other events. We shall be pleased to offer our assistance in the organisation of events as well as accompanying programmes.

Transport accessibility 

Western Bohemia is situated in the western part of the Czech Republic in the immediate vicinity of Germany. The region has a strategic location along the D5 motorway running from Prague towards Munich and Nuremberg.

Airports

The nearest civil international airport is situated in Carlsbad (60 km). The Václav Havel Prague Airport is 100 km away. For transfer from the airports, either public transport means (coach, train) or car may be used (car rents available directly at the airports).

By car

Western Bohemia is accessible from the central and western direction along the D5 motorway to which local traffic junctions are connected. The motorway is in very good condition and provides a quality connection with Germany through Rozvadov border crossing.

Approximate distances and car travel times from selected towns to Pilsen:

Starting point

Approximate distance (km)

Approximate travel time

Praha

100 km

1 hod. 00 min.

Mnichov

290 km

3 hod. 00 min.

Norimberk

203 km

2 hod. 00 min.

Karlovy Vary

60 km

1 hod. 00 min.

Pasov

169 km

2 hod. 45 min.

 

By coach

Regular coach connections in the region are provided by several carriers. Tickets do not usually need to be booked in advance. Fare is paid at the boarding. Connection from Prague and other more distant towns is provided by regular long-distance services. International coach services terminate in bigger towns – such as Prague, Pilsen, and České Budějovice.

By train

Since international trains go directly through Pilsen, rail connections from the whole Europe may be used.

Accommodation

Star-based ranking from 5* hotels to economy  Total number of hotels in a given category  Total number of rooms  Total number of beds 
5* hotel 0 0 0
4* hotel 9 950 1985
3* hotel 12 600 1350
Zámecký resort 3 80 160

Venues

Full name Venues  Maximum capacity  Location  Type (hotel, congress centre) 
Kongresové centrum Parkhotel Plzeň 1833 Plzeň Hotel, Congress centre 
Courtyard by Marriott Pilsen 215 Plzeň Hotel, Congress centre 
angelo Hotel Pilsen 420 Plzeň Hotel, Congress centre 
Top CityLine Primavera Hotel & Congress centre 530 Plzeň Hotel, Congress centre 
Měšťanská beseda kongresové centrum 1105 Plzeň Historical areas 
Darovanský dvůr Resort Kongres Golf Hotel 500 Okolí Plzně Hotel, Congress centre 
Plzeňský Prazdroj - Kongres centrum SECESE  200 Plzeň Congress centre 
OREA Wellness Hotel Horizont 500 Šumava Hotel, Congress centre 
Zámecký statek Býkov 250 Okolí Plzně Hotel, Congress centre 
Zámek Zbiroh 350 Okolí Plzně Historical areas 
Hotel Central Plzeň 250 Plzeň Hotel, Congress centre