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Czech Republic: Pilsner Urquell Brewery and Republic Square

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Eastern Europe Day 8: Pilsen or Pilzen is a city in western Bohemia and is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic. Well, our tour brought us from Cesky Krumlov in Czech to our next destination, Pilsen - the Capital of Beer!

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The Neo-Renaissance brewery gate in 1892, a symbol of the brewery
Do you know that the first brewery is known to have existed in 993 and the Czech Republic has the highest beer consumption per capita in the world?

czech republic pilsner urquell beer factory visit
It seems that Pilsner Urquell was the world’s first-ever blond lager, making it the inspiration for more than two-thirds of the beer produced in the world today! I am never a fan of beer, but it was an interesting beer factory visit nonetheless.
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Oh, and don't forget to read all about the open-air shopping at Republic Square after our beer factory visit!

czech republic pilsen capital of beer
From the Visitor Centre, we travelled in a brewery bus to one of the most modern bottling facilities, which processes 120,000 bottles per hour. At the Pilsner Urquell Brewery, visitors get to view the original locations where the famous Pilsner Urquell beer was born 170 years ago:

czech republic pilsner urquell saaz hops for beer
pilsner urquell brewery barley
czech republic pilsner urquell malt house tour
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making of pilsner beer factory visit
eu holidays czech republic pilsner urquell brewery tour
pilsner urquell world first ever blond lager
eu holidays czech pilsner urquell beer factory visit
The culmination of the tour is a tasting of unfiltered Pilsner Urquell beer in the historical cellars. No beer for me, but that didn't stop my charming travel pal from giving you a toast!

Come, let's take a peek of the world-famous Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Plzen, Czech Republic!

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Next stop: A National Cultural Monument of the Czech Republic, the Cathedral of St Bartholomew is a Gothic church located on the Main Square of the Republic Square.

czech pilsen republic square open air shopping
czech pilsen republic square souvenirs shopping
A site for traditional markets and one of the largest medieval squares in the Czech lands, the Pilsen Republic Square aka Namesti Republiky Plzen is also the main venue for cultural and open-air events and festivals.

czech pilsen republic square renaissance baroque historical houses
czech pilsen republic square traditional markets
The square is surrounded by rows of valuable historical houses, with Renaissance and Baroque modifications, often indicating the fast-growing wealth of their owners.

czech republic spa town karlovy vary spring water
We only spent about half a day in Pilsen, where we moved on next to Spa Town Karlovy Vary, a town that is home to spa houses and hotels famous for therapeutic thermal spa treatments! Can you guess what I am drinking? I will be back soon with the answers! Have you been to Pilsen or Karlovy Vary?

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  1. The architecture in the Czech Republic is so impressive looking! I'd love to visit one day.

  2. Ahhh! Such beautiful places. Definitely travelling as part of an educational journey is interesting. Nice visit to the brewery.

  3. No, I have never been there. Interesting tour of the brewery.

  4. A town that has spa hotel and houses sound like a place I want to run and visit. Is always fun to try diffeent brewery and explore what the country has to offer. Great trip doll you look amazing.

  5. Beautiful photos, Shirley. So many interesting things. Hope you had a lovely Easter!

  6. Oo...what lovely experiences. I don't really drink beer either, but I would sure love to visit this brewery! ^.^

  7. Pilsner Urquell is one of my hubby's favorite beers! I know he'd love to visit their factory :)

  8. Verdade! ;D

    Deve ter sido um passeio incrível! Adorei as fotos.

    Ótima segunda!

    Beijo! ^^

  9. What a lovely and fascinating tour, Shirley! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos!

  10. I've no doubt this must have been so much fun to visit as a group! The stalls outside featuring tasty heart-shaped treats look ideal - they remind me of the Christmas markets in Germany's Cologne :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  11. Wow, I love Pilsner beer, I wish I could visit Czech Republic in the near future!


  12. Such a lovely place to visit, beautiful pics!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  13. It looks like a really interesting city! :3

  14. What a great experience you have there...I wish I could be there too.

  15. you are not drinking beer for drinkers would love to visit pilsen..good that they allow you to take photos in there.

  16. Hello stylish traveller, looks you are having a great time, always looking fabulous! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose new post

  17. Nice photos :)
    Maria V.

  18. You look so stylish, Shirley! Enjoy the rest of your trip xxx

  19. Great photos, I was there last year, amazing country to visit!

  20. What a great experience, thank you for having shared with us darling.

    La Flò ♡ blog

  21. Wow the brewery looks cool, and the street shopping place also looks good.

  22. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leave a nice comment !! I love your new post , happy Wednesday!!!

  23. I am not a beer fan either, but it probably would be interesting to visit the factory. I enjoyed seeing your photos, as always.

  24. I had no idea the Czech were the biggest consumer of beer. I would never have guessed that one. So interesting though. I'm not a huge fan of beer personally but I still wouldn't mind visiting this brewery.


  25. And I had always thought that the highest consumption of beer was in Germany! I don't like beer either but loved reading about this brewery. Beautiful cityscape.

  26. I hope you are not drinking the fountain water :-P. This blog certainly makes me tipsy with all the beer :-)

  27. thank you for taking us along and letting us travel with you!!!!!!

  28. Wow! I love beer breweries and only went to one in Bangkok which is inside a restaurant. I was stoned drunk that night. It would happen again if I have the chance to visit Pilsner Brewery too!
    I love to browse and buy cheap souvenirs which Republic Square is calling me.

  29. wow!! the brewery is gargantuan! so is this your media trip for blogger or you're there just on a group tour?

    1. It's not a blogger media trip, but just myself collaborating with the agency, dear :)


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