Pilsner Urquell Brewery, Pilsen

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Discover the birthplace of pilsner beer at Pilsner Urquell Brewery, located less than an hour southwest of Prague. Dating back to the 1840s, the brewery is the country's biggest exporter of domestically produced beer. Guided tours, the only way to enter the brewery, reveal the origins of the world-famous lager, produced for nearly 170 years using a recipe originally created by Bavarian master brewer Josef Groll. The tour offers you a chance to see the brewery's bottling plant and historical cellars, where you can taste unfiltered and unpasteurized pilsner beer poured from oak barrels. Check online for tour options and reserve your tickets by phone or e-mail. By using our Pilsen vacation generator, you can arrange your visit to Pilsner Urquell Brewery and other attractions in Pilsen.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The girl what had taken over the seating for the restaurant was totally überforderdert! The Resto was empty but it has no guests let, because of alleged booking (after repeated urge we have in the empty Resto then but get a table)... the waiter was "Top" very fast and friendly, the kitchen also (but food was cold) has tasted good. When we were finished with dinner, it was still empty... Sales prevention measures... There would be more in there with professionals... but not my problem definitely worth seeing... tasty beer 0, 5l €2, lunch also almost for free... very nice building... great courtyard... Old building complex... Very nice! We might also just caught the wrong day, it has played Viktoria Pilsen... ♂️
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  • August 17, 2017
    The tour is interesting and informative. It takes about 1 h 40. Work around the exhibition is well done with the emphasis on the industrial heritage in association with the new techniques. However, and this is where the big downside, we had to make the visit in German because none was planned in English this afternoon here. So for more than an hour we crossed the room and listened to a visit without understanding any word... The unique information in English or french were indicated either on the small documentation provided tables, plans, etc. Note: a beer tasting is offered during the visit of the cellars. In conclusion: a great outing If master you the Czech or German otherwise it is likely to be subdued, because you'll miss much of the interest of the visit...
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  • August 15, 2017
    If you switch from Pilsen or you are nearby don't miss this tour of the factory. There is also free parking on site, because outside I wouldn't have trusted to leave the car. ...
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  • August 5, 2017
    The brewery is huge and they have clearly made an investment in a world class tour experience. But our guide was impatient and unable to answer some of our questions. On the Sunday we went, the canning/bottling lines were shutdown for maintenance, which while understandable was disappointing (and not apparent when we booked the tour). As someone who enjoys craft beers and has visited many breweries, the lack of some information is surprising. Why did we taste the unfiltered beer but not the filtered beer? Or try the highly touted local water? Recommend visiting if you have a chance as the tour through the cellars is very cool and the history is long and interesting.
  • May 18, 2017
    The brewery tour is totally worth it. No long, boring explanations but brief brewing theory with a very modern exhibition where you can taste all the ingredients. Visit of botteling facility and brewing house. Also they show a short, well-made video about history, which is pretty interesting to watch. Finally beer tasting in the cellars is a cool experience and if you're quick you might get a second one ;)
  • July 28, 2017
    Amazing tour very extraordinary. Would recommend to do it. Nice brewery and very big but old at the same time.
  • July 28, 2017
    Informative tour of the pilsner Urquell brewery. You get to see how they bottle the beer, brew it, store it etc. You also get to taste 1 glas of unfiltered beer in their cellar
  • June 14, 2017
    Tour is pretty normal. But the cellars are worth visiting. Bring a jacket because it gets quote cold down there. The unfiltered Pilsner is worth it.

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