A full day tour to the historic Pilsner Urquell brewery, home of Pils lager, and including a short visit to the Old Town of Pilsner.
This tour is part by air-conditioned coach, part on foot.
After picking you up from your Prague hotel, we drive for around one hour to reach Pilsen (Plzeň).
Our first stop is the city's main square. There is one hour free time to stroll around the historical centre or find a local café for a drink or bite to eat.
Next, we move on to the main event of the day, our visit to the Pilsner Urquell brewery.
Beer has been brewed in Pilsen since the 1200s, but for centuries this was dark beer. In 1842 Pilsner Urquell changed the beer world forever, producing the world's first golden lager. This was achieved through a new technique of fermentation and by storing the beer in cold cellars cut into rock.
Today, around 70% of beer brewed worldwide can trace its origins back to Pilsner Urquell. The history of light beer is therefore is held within this fascinating brewery.
Our tour of the Pilsner Urquell brewery begins with a film showing the evolution of Pilsner Urquell, followed by a visit to the brewery museum, full of historical beer brewing equipment. Pilsner Urquell has invested heavily in the displays to recreate this old world.
Next, we tour the modern Pilsner Urquell brewing plant to learn how science has transformed the process, before heading off into the vast cellars to explore the malt house and the traditional art of barrel making.
Naturally we finish the tour with a glass or two of freshly brewed non-pasteurised Pilsner Urquell beer.
Before we leave, there is time to browse the onsite shop which stocks bottled beers produced by Pilsner Urquell as well as the full range of glasses and jugs, beer towels, T-shirts and more. Refreshments are also available.
Please note that in the Pilsner Urquell beer cellars the temperature is around 10C (50F), so we advise bringing suitable clothing.
Prague Experience sightseeing tours are in English and another language. They are led by professional, licensed tourist guides and use modern, air-conditioned mini-coaches.
If you require a tour in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish, please specify on the booking form.
The tour finishes back in Prague at a convenient point in the city centre, near Wenceslas Square.