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St. Bartholomew's Cathedral

Plzeň’s tallest point is the tower of this ancient cathedral. Climb to the top for gorgeous views across the city and the surrounding hills.

The tower of St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral is the highest point in the city of Plzeň and the tallest church tower in the country. Admire the views from the top and explore the cathedral interior for its beautiful pieces of religious art.

This Gothic church is thought to have been established toward the end of the 13th century, at the same time as the city was founded. However, the current building dates back to the 14th century. Since then, it has been subject to several renovation and remodeling projects.

Although impressive in scale from the outside, the real appeal of St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral lies inside. Enter through the main door and look up at the net vault ceiling, which reaches 82 feet (25 meters) in height.

Go up to the 19th-century main altar and view the 14th-century sculpture depicting the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. The marble carving is also known as the Madonna of Pilsen. Either side of the altar are 16th- and 17th-century wooden statues of saints. They used to adorn some of the cathedral's altars, but these were removed during previous restorations. See the 16th-century painting of St. Mary Magdalene, located on the organ loft pillar. Visit the Sternberk Chapel for its stunning art nouveau altar, which won a prize for its design in the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris.

Make your way to the tower. With its steeple, this lofty structure stands at nearly 336 feet (102 meters). Pay the small fee to climb up the 301 steps to the viewing balcony. From here, peer down upon the whole of Plzeň and farther afield to hills that surround the city.

St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral is located on Náměstí Republiky, Plzeň's main square. As such, it has good public transportation links. The church is open daily for services and self-guided tours. After your visit, check out some of the square’s other attractions, including the Town Hall and the Puppet Museum.


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Avenue Pallova $55
Avenue Pallova

Avenue Pallova

Pallova 28, Plzen, Plzen
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Plzen, this hotel is steps from Bohemia and Brewery Museum. Pilsner Urquell Brewery and Renaissance Town Hall are also within 10 minutes. Plzen Hlavni Station is 9 minutes by foot and Plzen Jizni Predmesti Station is 23 minutes.

    Courtyard By Marriott Pilsen $63
    Courtyard By Marriott Pilsen

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    Sady 5 Kvetna 57, Plzen
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Plzen, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brewery Museum and Renaissance Town Hall. St. Bartholomew's Cathedral and West Bohemian Museum are also within 10 minutes. Plzen Hlavni Station is 12 minutes by foot and Plzen Jizni Predmesti Station is 23 minutes.

      Central Hotel Pilsen $83
      Central Hotel Pilsen

      Central Hotel Pilsen

      Nám. Republiky 33, Plzen
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Plzen, this hotel is steps from St. Bartholomew's Cathedral and Renaissance Town Hall. Great Synagogue and West Bohemian Museum are also within 10 minutes. Plzen Hlavni Station is 15 minutes by foot and Plzen Jizni Predmesti Station is 18 minutes.

        Vienna House Easy Pilsen $56
        Vienna House Easy Pilsen

        Vienna House Easy Pilsen

        U Prazdroje 6, Plzen
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Plzen, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pilsner Urquell Brewery, Brewery Museum, and West Bohemian Museum. St. Bartholomew's Cathedral is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away. Plzen Hlavni Station is only a 4-minute walk and Plzen Jizni Predmesti Station is 25 minutes.

          Hotel Victoria $55
          Hotel Victoria

          Hotel Victoria

          Borska 19, Plzen
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Plzen, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Synagogue, St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, and Brewery Museum. Pilsner Urquell Brewery and Plzen Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Plzen Jizni Predmesti Station is only a 3-minute walk and Plzen Hlavni Station is 19 minutes.

            Hotel Rous $94
            Hotel Rous

            Hotel Rous

            Zbrojnická 7, Plzen
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Plzen, this hotel is steps from Bohemia and West Bohemian Museum. St. Bartholomew's Cathedral and Brewery Museum are also within 5 minutes. Plzen Hlavni Station is 11 minutes by foot and Plzen Jizni Predmesti Station is 19 minutes.

              Astory Hotel $63
              Astory Hotel

              Astory Hotel

              Nádražní 26, Plzen
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Plzen, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pilsner Urquell Brewery, Brewery Museum, and St. Bartholomew's Cathedral. Great Synagogue and Plzen Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Plzen Hlavni Station is only a 3-minute walk and Plzen Jizni Predmesti Station is 24 minutes.

                Apartmány Homér Plzeň $40
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                Apartmány Homér Plzeň

                B. Smetany, Plzen, Plzenský kraj
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Plzen, this apartment building is steps from Bohemia, St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, and West Bohemian Museum. Renaissance Town Hall and Great Synagogue are also within 5 minutes. Plzen Hlavni Station is 14 minutes by foot and Plzen Jizni Predmesti Station is 15 minutes.