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I decided to visit city of Plzen for a few reasons – firstly, it is a home of famous Pilsner Urquell brewery (city actually could be called as capital of Czech beer), the other reason – city itself has nice architecture to show, including tall St. Bartholomew Cathedral, renaissance Town Hall, Great synagogue that is actually second biggest in Europe. I made a day trip here from capital Prague – to see main sights for city it was enough. Anyway, if you want to visit few museums or go more far away from city centre, better to choose at least two days.
The name of Plzen was firstly mentioned as a castle in the year of 976, at the episode when Duke of Bohemia Boleslaus II was fighting against Emperor Otto II. In 1295 it got city rights, city was on the trade route to Nuremberg and Regensburg. At 14th century this trade city was actually quite populated, third after Prague and Kutna Hora.
19th century touched Plzen by industrialization, factory of famous Skoda was constructed in 1869, and National Railway train workshop started production. City also became known by its breweries, as Gambrinus or Pilsner Urquell, and new style of beer, that appeared here, called “pilsener”.
Plzen’s population nowadays is about 170 thousand people; it is fourth biggest city in Czech Republic, capital of Plzen region.
- Pros:Cozy place, nice architecture, and home of famous brewery.
- Cons:A bit scrappy area around train station.
- In a nutshell:City that suits not only for beer lovers ;)
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