Czech Republic

Pilsen

Pilsen is a city in western Bohemia in the Czech Republic. It is the capital of the Plzen Region and the fourth most populous city in the Czech Republic. It is located about 90 km west of Prague at the confluence of four rivers—the Radbuza, the Mze, the Uhlava, and the Uslava—which form the Berounka River.
The city is known worldwide for Pilsener beer.

The whole range of important buildings is an evidence for the era of great boom in the city on the turn of last two centuries.
Today’s Pilsen- Plzen count 173 000 inhabitants and is a significant cultural, business and industrial center, famous mostly due to the products of Plzen’s brewery and the heavy machinery factories Skoda. In the last years the city has been taking step by step a new, more attractive face and wishes to be an appeal “entry gate” on the passage from West Europe.

Some sights must see; St. Bartholomew's Cathedral - the Gothic St. Bartholomew's Cathedral was founded in the late 13th century, its tower (102.26 m / 335 ft) being the highest in the Czech Republic. The Town Hall - this Renaissance masterpiece was built in 1554-1559, based on the designs of an Italian architect, Giovanni de Statia. The Great Synagogue - the second largest synagogue in Europe and third largest in the world (after synagogues in Jerusalem and Budapest).
Pilsen Zoo - home to over one thousand species of animals in natural conditions without bars.

Other sightseeing as; West Bohemian Museum, Ethnography Museum of the Pilsen, Brewery Museum, Patton Memorial Pilsen which is the only American Army museum in Bohemia, opened on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Pilsen and South-West Bohemia. It features the stay of the American soldiers in the region May through November 1945. Ghost Museum this exhibition features the themes of fairy-tale worlds and legends. Recommended especially for children. Puppet Museum - Located in the completely adapted historical house No. 24 in the Square of the Republic. Exhibitions and workshops will map the unique history and present of Pilsen puppetry and offer interactive activities for both children and adult visitors. Pilsen Municipal Armoury - it ranks among the best preserved armouries of the European medieval townsGlobally outstanding is the oldest part which includes a set of firearms from the turn of the 14th century.

An extensive set of battlement guns with simple fuse systems. The firearms collection is completed historically by muskets from the Thirty-Year War period. Cold weapons are represented in the armoury by morgenstern from the 15th century and arquebuses from the 16th and 17th centuries. The armours of Plzen burghers are represented by a great number of chest and back plates, shoulder and arm protecting plates, as well as many helmets of different types.