Pilsen

Enjoy Pilsen Like We Do

Pilsen

No other Czech city is mentioned throughout the world as much as [Plzeň]. That's because this is where the most popular type of [pivo] was invented – the Pilsner. And if you add to the beer culture the work of several generations of versatile and talented people, then there are plenty of reasons why Pilsen was named a European capital of culture in 2015. Come with us to Pilsen!
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Pilsen
Pilsen
Pilsen
Pilsen
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Pilsen
More than two-thirds of the world's beer production bears the Pilsner designation. This type of beer was first produced here, back in 1842. Some people go to the Pilsner Urquell [pivovar] to work, but most of us go there for [vepřo-knedlo-zelo] and for [pivo]. You can also learn a little history and the proper way to tap and pour a pilsner. And then your next stop can be the Beer Museum in the city center.
Pilsen
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Pilsen
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Pilsen is the historical home of our famous Škoda brand. Originally an arms manufacturer, during the twentieth century the plant became one of the most important engineering complexes in Europe. Now Škoda exports sleek, modern [tramvaje] all over the world. Abandoned industrial space is also being converted into science and cultural centres. These former eyesores are becoming our new joy and pride.
Techmania Science Park
Historical Škoda buildings now house the Techmania Science Center. The beautifully renovated factory halls are now full of interactive exhibits where we can dust off our knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics and other natural [vědy]. We can then tell the youngsters about how we lived back in the day, before Instagram or cars with power windows.
Alternative cultural spaces
Just a few decades ago we thought that because of our industrial heritage we would never be able to make Pilsen a cool destination for young people. But because of their enthusiasm and creative [nápady] a number of cultural centres have sprouted up in old industrial buildings. We now spend our free time in the creative zone of DEPO2015 or other multi-functional art spaces like Papírna and Moving Station.
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Pilsen
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Before the Nazis, there was a thriving Jewish community here. We are reminded of their important contributions and tragic fate by the Great Synagogue, the third-largest in the world. Wealthy Jewish industrialists also employed world-renowned architect Adolf Loos, whose legacy here includes several luxury [byty]. Architecture and design students are so astounded, the lenses pop right out of their glasses.
American liberation of Pilsen
Our parents and grandparents movingly remember the arrival of the American army in May of 1945. Pilsen was the last city in Europe to be liberated from the Nazis from the west, since the rest were left to the Red Army. We celebrate the American “happy ending” with veterans and survivors during the [Slavnosti svobody]. One of the happiest moments in the city's history, the Patton Memorial Museum is dedicated to the liberation, and a central artery in the city is named Americká street (ironically formerly Moskevská or Stalinova).
Pilsen's puppetry
The inter-war economic prosperity was also kind to a less traditional artistic genre – [loutkářství], which had its golden age here in the 1920s. Important artists who worked in Pilsen include Josef Skupa, Jiří Trnka and Jaroslav Sutnar. Pilsen is also the birthplace of legendary loutkypuppets Spejbl and Hurvínek, with their immortal one-liners. Our children are completely in their element at the Puppet Museum , Divadlo Alfa or at the Skupova Plzeň festival.
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