Pilsner Urquell Brewery
The city of Plzeň is where Pilsner lager was born. This popular beer has been produced by the Pilsner Urquell Brewery for more than 170 years. Explore the brewery’s old cellars, discover traditional brewing methods and sample the beverage straight from the barrel.
Sign up for a guided tour of the brewery and let your guide lead you from the visitor center to the modern bottling facility. Examine the state-of-the-art equipment, which can process up to 120,000 bottles and 60,000 aluminum cans per hour. Watch a short movie about Pilsner Urquell beer production and learn more about the drink’s ingredients.
See the original brewing kettle that was used to make the first batch of Pilsner lager in 1842. Pick up insights into key people who have contributed to the history of the brewery across three centuries. Compare brewing technologies when you visit the early 20th-century brew house and the modern brew house from 2004. The tour also includes information on how science has influenced the brewing process over the years. There are also exhibits that document the story of Pilsner workers whose daily efforts helped the brand succeed.
Go down into the old underground cellars. Here, small quantities of beer are made in exactly the same way as the first batch was made by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll. Marvel at the size of the large beer barrels and taste unfiltered and unpasteurized beer poured directly from them.
Other sites on the brewery complex that you will see include the water tower. It dates back to 1907 and resembles a Dutch lighthouse.
You can visit Pilsner Urquell Brewery only as part of a guided tour, which lasts for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. There are regular tours in English several times a day and fees apply. Discounts are available for children, students and senior citizens. Only adults can sample the beer. Wear warm clothes because of the cool temperatures in the cellars.