On our second day (third night) in Prague it was time for a trip to Plzen.
Plzen is where the famous Pilsner Urquell brewery is, and my dad said we could not leave Prague if we didn’t make it out there! The trip is about an hour and a half by train from the main Prague station, and is definitely worth it. I would recommend bringing a book or other homework to do on the way there and back.
While we waited for our tour time we took a walk into central Plzen. We came through a park with face statues and on the inside…
We were a little tired and a in need of a snack, so we stopped by a cafe and are certainly glad we did!
Finally, it was time for the tour. I highly recommend this, because it is extremely thorough and you learn a lot about the brewing process of one of the most famous beers in the world!
This is one of the coolest parts. Above, is the huge copper bin that the first ever batch of Pilsner Urquell was brewed. Below is our descent into the cellars that hold the beer in oak barrels.
And now, we get to try unfiltered, unpasteurized Pilsner Urquell beer. This is the only place in the world you can taste this, and it was amazing.
Then we went for dinner to the biggest pub in the Czech Republic! It is on the grounds of the brewery, so it is definitely convenient if you have a later tour. I ordered the fresh ginger tea which was good, but a little too spicy for me, and the goulash. I thought I was going to get a soup, but I guess they do it as a main as well!
Jack ordered a burger and a Pilsner Urquell, and the fries that accompanied his meal were way too good.
Again, I highly highly recommend taking a trip to Plzen if you find yourself in Prague. The tour is inexpensive and the central town during the day is great to explore.