Last month, I had the honor of getting to go with a group of students to the beautiful city of Pilsen, only a two hour travel west of Prague. It was my first trip by bus, and it was extremely comfortable with the “Student Agency” bus line. Luckily, we had a very kind Czech guide who took us to the city for a day of touring museums and tasting delicious alcoholic beverages.
The second we got off the bus, I kid you not, the place smelled like fresh baked bread.
But how could this be? Perhaps it is because Pilsen contains one of the largest brewery distilleries in the Czech Republic. Favorite Czech brands such as Kozel and Pilsner Urquell are made and distributed from locations such as Pilsen, and I had the opportunity to see how these drinks were actually made.
It was fascinating getting to see the process of something as intricate as beer being made; being churned by huge processors, boiled to perfection, then bottled with immense specialty. We even got to see how this popular liquid used to be stored; in wooden barrels deep below the city surface.
We ended the day with a bit of sight-seeing around the city. For 20Kc we climbed the tallest church tower in Pilsen to overlook the entire city. It was very much worth it.
Selfies in front of beautiful gold landmarks were taken as well during this trip.
If you have a free afternoon, I’d strongly recommend getting to check out this beautiful slice of the Czech Republic.