CZ, Plzen – European Capital of Culture I
In the west Czech Republic, an extraordinary city boasts with rich history, interesting tourist attractions, and cultural experience. The city is Plzen.
The year 2015 is important for the city o Pilsen. For its cultural tradition and interesting cultural project it was nominated with Mons, Belgium European capital of culture for 2015.
Quick glimpse at history
Plzen has been always on the crossroads of trade routes. Even today we can see remnants of what helped the city to grow. Considerable growth started right when the city was founded by King Wenceslas II in 1295. The city had been changing every year, buildings had been build which points out to the importance of Plzen. The city shortly became a significant trade and cultural hub. In the years 1599 to 1600, Plzen was the center of the Habsburg Empire . Rudolph II had his residence there for some while. We present you with some interesting historical events which happened in Plzen.
All who love beer know Plzen for Pilsner Urquell. In 1842, the brewery made its first beer which would soon become world-famous. Škoda company there founded its first and still booming car factory. This happened in 1869. We have to mention the year 1945 as well. Plzen was one of very few regions liberated by the American army from German Wehrmacht. We could go on in naming important historical milestone. If you like history we can only recommend you to take a look at our article with a video HERE. Should you enjoy expriences and tourist sights, read on.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the city is its historical center. The center holds the status of historical landmark reservation. Indeed, when you walk there you can see many architectural styles. Don’t miss Republic Square, the monumental Gothic church of St Bartholomew that boasts with the highest bell tower in the Czech Republic (102,26 m). Or see Czech Republic’s most beautiful Renaissance town hall , Baroque-style Marian Column, or Franciscan monastery. Also, the Great Synagogue is worth a visit, it is the third largest in the world.
Pro vyznavače zeleně má Plzeň připravený neuvěřitelně krásný tzv. městský sadový okruh, který obklopuje třičtvrtě historického centra. Tato oáza zeleně vznikala již od 19. století na místech zbořených městských hradeb. Kromě travnatých ploch, květeny a laviček zde můžete zhlédnout i sochy a pomníky významných osobností města.
Experiences all around
Do you like experiences? Go to the brewery where you can experience an unusual tour and tasting of not filtered beer which is tapped right from the beer barrel. The beer museum would teach you about the story of beer from the Middle-Ages to the ear of large breweries. Also, a tour in the 14th-century historical underground of Plzen . The underground complex of tunnels and basements is one of the longest in the Czech Republic. You can visit even interiors designed by world-famous architect Adolf Loos. He designed about 13 apartment houses in the early 20th-century Plzen. OR you can see more than 2 million items displayed in the Zapadoceske museum. In the National History Museum of Plzen you can see another interesting exhibitions as well as in the Museum of Sacral Art, or the West-Bohemian Gallery, and the Gallery of Plzen city.
This is not the end of our visit in this city. We just interrupt it for a while to tell you tips for trips next week.
You can win!
Just send us the right answer to the following question: "What is the name of the second European cultural capital for the year 2015?" You can winn gifts PLZEN 2015. Send us your answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org March 18, 2015. The results will be pinned to our FB page on the following day.
Text: Oskár Mažgút
Photo: Klára Svobodová, plzen2015.cz
Should you happen to be in Pilsen near city center and you will be looking for Republika square, raise your head and look around! You will see the belfry of St Bartholomew's cathedral. Situated in the center of the square with its 102.6 meters, it is the tallest church tower in the Czech Republic. At 60 meters above the ground, there is a gallery from where visitors may take a look around over the city.
If you go to Castle Radyne, which is located near the town of Pilsen, you will climb up to an altitude of 567 meters above sea level. On the top of the castle tower you will enjoy the vista to the wide area of the Pilsen region. Radyne was built under the reign of Charles IV in the middle of the 14th century, approximately between the years 1356 and 1361.
In the premises of the former monastery in Plasy which included a brewery, there the Civic Engineering exposition was founded. It focuses on the presentation of traditional building crafts and materials. It also includes the Building Craftsmanship, where you can find, for example, an authentic historical workshop of a tinsmith or lime kiln. Exposition in the oldest parts of Plasy monastery will guide you through the history of the building, from the Middle Ages to the present.
Many parts of the Bohemian Forest belong to those corners of the Czech Republic that are still waiting to be discovered. Let's walk together on a beautiful nature trail near Domažlice. At a time when spring was only slowly beginning to fight winter.
Klatovy city makes an important point for life in a relatively inhospitable region. Farther west, near the borded, is not enough work, so when you do not want there to farm as a farmer, you have to go to the city - for work, entertainment, shopping or knowledge.
In today's article we will introduce a beautiful hunting chateau, which is located in a place that is told a very untraditional reputation. The original name of the castle was Waldschloss, but long time ago the Slavs at the time of the Spring equinox regularly sacrificed in these places a male goat because they hoped to make their gods and a good harvest. The truth of the legend is evidenced by numerous archaeological findings. In later years the name of the castle changed to Kozel (male goat).
At first glance, the hard to notice ruin is a place connected with the oldest history of our homeland and its surroundings are home to many rare plant and animal species.
The small town is situated in southwestern Bohemia near Pilsen and became famous as the birthplace of the most famous Bohemian saint. However, it is worth coming here because of other sights and the beautiful surrounding countryside.
St Bartholomew cathedral on Pilsen's Republic square. In our last article I mentioned it yet I would love to introduce also the interior of the church to you.
Last week, we visited the European Capital of Culture for 2015 – Plzen. Today we continue in the tour of the city. We focus on experiences and events you shouldn’t miss.
Rokycany is located about 17 kilometers of Plzen. It is on the main train track to Prague, and also near the D5 freeway. Many tourists only ride through the town. Nevertheless, Rokycany is worth paying a visit and it is not only for its picturesque town center, but nature and sights around as well.
Everybody knows Pilsner Urquell beer. This bottom-fermented lager was invented in the Kingdom of Bohemia half-way between Prague and Regensburg, Germany. It was founded in the city famous for Skoda locomotives, the tallest church tower in the Czech Republic, and the second largest synagogue in Central Europe. Plzen was declared the European capital of culture for 2015. It truly deserves the title. Lets join us to see what is waiting for us here!
Don’t be confused. Winter is the best season to watch underwater life. Pikes, pikeperches, crucians, and carps swim in clear water around you. A quarry in Mrakov, Domazlice region, is a great place for this activity.
A very pleasant welcoming we have got at City Hall, in the same pleasant city of Klatovy. Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the civic association of Klatovy Catacombs Václav Chroust stopped his work for a while and showed us a local town hall, cool mystical underground, but mainly a rich history of the city.
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