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Introduction

Pilsen (Czech: Plzeň) is in Bohemia, in the Czech Republic in Central Europe. It is the home and birthplace of the Pilsener (or pilsner) beer variety which is derived from the city's name. It is the 4th largest city in the country and the largest city in West Bohemia, and is a convenient base for exploring this region of the Czech Republic.

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Sights and Activities

Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Katedrála svatého Bartoloměje), Náměstí Republiky Square. The Gothic St. Bartholomew's Cathedral was established in the late 13th century. Its tower (102.26 m/335 ft) is the highest in the Czech Republic. Free.
Great Synagogue (Velká synagoga), Sady Pětatřicátníků 11. The second largest synagogue in Europe and the third largest in the world (after the synagogues in Jerusalem and Budapest). Free.
Renaissance Town Hall (Plzeňská renesanční radnice), Náměstí Republiky 41. Built between 1554–1559, this Renaissance masterpiece was based on the designs of an Italian architect, Giovanni de Statia. Free.
Historical Underground Network (Plzeňské historické podzemí), Veleslavínova 6, ☏ +420 377 062 888. One English tour every weekday, three English tours on weekends (April-August); separate group tour arrangements possible. A sophisticated system of cellars and tunnels on three levels under the old town centre. Accessible from the Brewery Museum. Tour: 120 Kč.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery (Plzeňský Prazdroj), U Prazdroje 7, ☏ +420 377 062 888. Daily from 12:30PM. Founded in 1842, this brewery is home to the Pilsner Urquell, the original Pilsener-type beer. Tour: 250 Kč.
Pilsen Zoo (Zoologická a botanická zahrada města Plzně), Pod Vinicemi 9. Home to over a thousand species of fauna kept in natural conditions instead of cages. April-October: adults 150 Kč, children 110 Kč; November-March: adults 100 Kč; children 70 Kč.
Puppet Museum (nám. Republiky 24, http://www.muzeumloutek.cz) - Located in the completely adapted historical house No. 24 in the Square of the Republic, the Puppet Museum was expected to be opened in 2009. 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 (Kopeckého sady 2, http://www.zcm.cz/index.php?page=zbrojnice) - it ranks among the best preserved armouries of the European medieval towns. It began in 1363 when the Emperor Charles IV was building armouries in a planned manner in the royal Czech towns to provide for their readiness. The oldest part includes a set of firearms from the turn of the 14th century. An extensive set of battlement guns with simple fuse systems was created in the first half of the 16th century. 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 Plzeň burghers are represented by a great number of chest and back plates, shoulder and arm protecting plates, and many helmets of different types.

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Getting There

The city is well connected with both buses and trains leaving hourly from Prague. Travel times for both buses and trains are just over one hour. From Germany, there are trains every two hours from Munich taking about 4½ hours. Both rail and bus stations are within walking distance from the city centre.

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Getting Around

To get around the compact city center, it is best to walk. To get around the whole city, the services of the public transport operator PMDP are recommended. The PMDP operate trams, buses and trolley-buses in Pilsen.

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Eat

Na Spilce, U Prazdroje 7, ☏ +420 377 062 755, ✉ naspilce@naspilce.com. M-Th, Sat 11AM-10PM. F 11AM-11PM. Sun 11AM-9PM. The biggest restaurant in the Czech Republic with 550 seats. Within the grounds of the Prazdroj brewery.
Potrefená Husa (Martinská 1) - a big restaurant, good selection of meals and drinks.
Plzeňská bašta (Riegrova 5) - a stylish Czech restaurant, good meals.
U Salzmannů (Pražská 8) - the oldest beer restaurant in Pilsen serving Czech traditional cuisine.
Jadran (Bezručova 9) - both Czech and international (especially Mediterranean) cuisine.
Slunečnice (Jungmannova 4) - healthy bio cuisine including vegetarian and vegan cuisine.
Vegetka (Americká 13) – vegetarian dishes, vegetable salads and soups.
Anděl Vegetarian Restaurant (Bezručova 5) - a creative and stylish vegetarian restaurant.
La Tartelette (nám. Republiky 18) - French fast food (soups, salads, quiche).
Stará sladovna (Malá 3) - Middle-Age-style restaurant.
Na Parkane (Veleslavinova 4) - the pub to get truly excellent unfiltered Urquell.
U Pašáka (Poděbradova 12) - microbrewery with home-brewed beer and good Czech cuisine.

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Drink

Pilsen is the city where the pilsner beer was invented. Pilsner Urquell is the famous beer brand of Pilsen. In a few pubs (Senk Na Parkanu) and at the brewery, you can get the unfiltered, unpasteurized version of Pilsner Urquell, which tastes even better that the common filtered version. Another brand made in the same brewery is Gambrinus. Gambrinus Light (desitka) is probably the most common beer in the Czech Republic, and it's cheaper and weaker than Pilsner Urquell.

Měšťanská beseda (Kopeckého sady 13) - a luxurious Art Nouveau style café.
CrossCafe (Jungmannova 5) - good coffee and some small stuff to eat (sandwiches, salads, yogurts).
Sky Bar Café (Anglické nábřeží 1) - coffee and something to eat as well.
Kajetánka (Sedláčkova 2) - a winehouse.
Anděl Café (Bezručova 7) - coffee and chocolate house with music.
Kačaba (Prokopova 17) - café and teahouse employing people with disabilities as part of a therapy.
Nebeská čajovna (Sady Pětatřicátníků 2) - a stylish New Age-like teahouse.

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Sleep

Ubytovna Zahradní, Zahradní 21 (Slovany neighborhood, southeast of city center), ☏ +420 377 443 262.
Hotel Slovan, Smetanovy sady 1, 301 00 Plzeň, ☏ +420 377 227 256.
AK Penzion Plzeň, Křimická 102 (outer city center), ☏ +420 605 113 606, ✉ akpenzion@seznam.cz.
City, Sady 5. Května 52 (city center), ☏ +420 377 326 069.
Stará Plzeň, Na Roudné 12 (outer city center), ☏ +420 377 259 901, ✉ pension.sp@centrum.cz.
Morrison, Thámova 9 (outer city center), ☏ +420 377 370 952.
Hotel Plzeň, Budilova 15, 301 00 Plzeň, ☏ +420377224034, ✉ info@hotelplzen.cz.
U Zvonu, Pražská 27 (city center), ☏ +420 378 011 855, ✉ recepce@hotel-uzvonu.cz.
Parkhotel Plzeň, U Borského parku 31 (Bory neighborhood, south of city center), ☏ +420 378 772 977.
Hotel Central, nám. Republiky 33 (main square), ☏ +420 377 226 757, ✉ hotel-central@zkdplzen.cz.
Primavera, Nepomucká 128, ☏ +420 377 237 049, ✉ info@primaverahotel.cz.
Courtyard By Marriott Pilsen, Sady 5. kvetna 57, ☏ +420 373 370 100.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Wifi is available in many restaurants and most cafés, especially in larger cities. In particular, all branches of Starbucks, KFC, Gloria Jeans Coffee and Costa Coffee offer free access. You may need to ask a waiter for the passphrase. There are also some hotspots available on the streets and some city quarters (for example in Prague) offer free wifi coverage for everyone. However such coverage is usually very slow and unreliable and you may need to create an account (using a web browser and the page it is automatically redirected to) to be able to use it. In most larger cities, there are also several internet cafés available.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls
There are three main mobile phone operators using the GSM standard, their coverage is very good (except in some remote, mostly uninhabited areas). If you find using roaming with your own operator too expensive or you want to have a Czech phone number, you can buy an anonymous prepaid card from any of the three main operators.

You can call emergency numbers from any phone for free (even without any card). The universal emergency number 112 is functional and you can use it, however you will reach only a telephone operator who will need to contact the real emergency service for you. To save precious time, it is best to call directly the service you need: 150 for firefighters, 155 for medical emergency, and 158 for state police.

Post

Ceska Posta is the national postal service of the Czech Republic. It offers good services with reliable, affordable and relatively fast delivery of postcards, letters and parcels. Postcards and letters weighing up to 20g which are being sent to countries within Europe cost 17 CZK, other countries cost 18 CZK. Within the Czech Republic, prices start at 10 CZK. Opening times of post offices vary but most of them are open from around 8:00am to 6:00pm or 7:00pm Monday to Friday, closing at noon on Saturday, closed on Sunday and public holidays. Larger and/or central post offices might keep longer hours and some have English speaking staff. You can buy stamps here, or at newspaper stands, kiosks or some small (souvenir) shops. Post offices offer a few other services, like (international) money transfers as well. FEDEX, DHL, TNT and UPS offer courier services as well, with fast but relatively expensive services.

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