CITY OF PILSEN
Get to know our city.
THE METROPOLIS OF WESTERN BOHEMIA
Pilsen, which used to be a royal city, founded on the confluence of four rivers, is the biggest metropolis in the western bohemian region. The city boasts an extensive cultural scene and an industrial centre well known for its engineering products. Pilsen is most famous for its delicious beer. The historical centre of the city is surrounded by gardens and is full of restaurants, cafes and pubs. On the main square you can find St Bartholomew’s Cathedral which has the highest church tower in the Czech Republic. Not far from the cathedral is the Big Synagogue, the fourth biggest in the world. Some of the most popular places to visit aside from the brewery are the Loos Interiors, the West Bohemian museum, the Renaissance Town Hall, the Beer museum and the underground with medieval cellars.
The biggest and the most famous Czech Brewery is Pilsen Prazdroj. It was established by a group of local townsmen, who had the right to brew beer, in 1842. Their delicious light lager beer “Pilsner Urquell” has since then inspired many beers – around two thirds of the world’s beers are labelled as Pils, Pilsner or Pilsener. The tour of the brewery will take you through the whole brewing process, an interactive visual exhibition, the history of the brewery and the actual modern production plant. The end of the tour is finished in the original brewery cellars where you will taste an unfiltered Pilsen 12°. After the tour you can enjoy a traditional Czech meal at the “Na Spilce” restaurant.
TECHMANIA AND 3D PLANETARIUM
Techmania is a popular science centre or an experimental station for curious people. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the interactive exhibitions which focus on Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry and Biology. The problems with nutrition are also touched on in the world of films along with espionage and the secret service. Apart from popular educational shows and programs in the labs you can also visit the 3D planetarium with attractive movies and exhibitions that are dedicated to the conquering of space, planets, stars and the moon. All these activities are only a few minutes from the hotel.
THE ZOO, BOTANICAL GARDENS AND DINOPARK
Pilsen zoo is one the most visited tourist attractions in the Pilsen Region. It is also the second oldest zoo in the Czech Republic. It is made up of many areas such as watering holes, rocky environments, outdoor and indoor pavilions. You can visit giraffes, rhinos, bears, tigers, lions, crocodiles, lovely penguins, lemurs, chimpanzees and kangaroos. The pre-historic lizards amuse children at the Dinopark, and in the Botanical area you can visit the Japanese meditation garden which relaxes the mind and body. Within walking distance from the Zoo is the Lochotin amphitheater which has staged many concerts and festivals.
DEPO 2015, MOVING STATION AND PAPIRNA
Depo 2015 is a former bus depo station which has been turned into a creativity zone where culture and business interact. DEPO offers a craft workshop, coworking, interactive exhibitions, cafe, a communal garden, art ateliers and offices. Also held here are concerts, conferences, workshops and theatre performances. Moving station is located in a station house not far from the hotel and provides the location for varied artistic and creative activities including educational courses. To keep the creativity flowing there is a cafe located in Papirna an industrial space where concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events are also held.
HOCKEY STADIUM AND KARTARENA
The Home Monitoring Arena Pilsen has hosted the Ice hockey world Championships on several occasions and is home to the Extra Ligue hockey club HC Skoda Plzen. The capacity of the stadium is approx. 7500, two thirds of the capacity are comfortable seats. Next to the main hall where some Ice reviews and concerts are held there is a smaller training hall with the possibility of free ice-skating for the public. Close to the hotel you can relax in a modern and safe go-cart arena with powerful go-carts which are also available in models for small children.
POD LAMPOU THEATRE
Just a few steps separate the hotel and the well-known cultural club called Pod Lampou Theatre. It has been the sight for noncommercial activities such as film, theatre and music, since the year 1990. It has been a great starting point for bands and for alternative musical genres and noncommercial artistic expression. After overcoming some hard times, it has established itself as one of the best places for progressive Czech expression and offers a vast range of styles including Grunge, Indie Pop, Electronic dance, World music, Ska and Hard rock.
AREAL SKODA, INDUSTRIAL ZONE BORSKA POLE
The large industrially commercial complex represents an important part of the economic foundations of the city. In Areal Skoda and the industrial park Borska pole there are many Czech and foreign companies, such as Panasonic, Yazaki, Daicin, Daiho, JTEKT, Automotive, Fuji Kyoto, ZF Engineering, MB tech group, Technocrane, Asteelflash, and Doosan Skoda Power. Part of the complex is made up of shopping centres such as Tesco, Makro, Kaufland and Bauhaus. There is also a scientific and technical park there and the University of West Bohemia is close by. Public transport close to the hotel ensures a quick and easy connection to Areal Skoda and the industrial zone.
METALFEST OPEN AIR
People interested in rock music in Pilsen will celebrate the beginning of the festival season at the traditional Metalfest Open Air. Compared to other big events it offers a calmer atmosphere and brilliant accousitics from the outdoor amphitheater, where there are enough benches and shady places for all to sit. It is also possible to see the stage from every seat. World famous bands from many genres such as hard rock, heavy metal, death metal, trash metal, power metal, symphony metal and other genres will make up the three-day program. The first year of the festival was in 2010 and over the years it has become an integral part of the festival circuit.