BEST WESTERN HOTEL TREND - accommodation Pzen city, Czech Republic
BEST WESTERN HOTEL TREND - accommodation Pzen city, Czech Republic

Pilsner Urquell - Plzen


Beer has been brewed in Plzen almost since the moment of the foundation of the city. The first written information concerning brewing comes from the year 1307. It is the last will, in which Wolfram Zvinilinger bequeathes his brewery and malting-house to the St. Bartholomew´s Chur­ch.

At the beginning, all, both people from villages and those from towns and cities, had the brewing right. Soon, this situation was limited by the “mile right“, which excluded the inhabitants of villages and, later on, also those of suburbs. In the 14th century, this privilege was possessed only by the owners of houses inside the ramparts amounting then, but also later on, to approximately 290. The brewage was a free citizen occupation, and therefore it was not regulated by means of guilds. Every citizen could either sell beer directly in his house or hand it over to a tapster.

Even though the production of beer might have seem to be ever growing, as early as from the 15th century there were occurring mentions concerning a crisis of brewage in Plzen. These mentions represent a clear evidence of the fact that not only good, but also a considerably worse beer was brewed in the city. The good beer was sold mostly outside the municipality, as for the worse one the manufacturers were trying to use it just within the city. Therefore, the City Council tried to enforce a more consequent control of brewing and limited the number of brews and even the number of citizens having the right to brew. Nevertheless, despite all the measures taken in order to increase the quality of beer, its quality continued on decreasing. In the year 1838, 36 butts of beer were poured out in the Plzen square as a warning. The rather sad situation resulted in the foundation of the Citizen Brewery, in the year 1839, and in the production of the first brew in the year 1842. The story called the Pilsner Urquell was begun

he Pilsner Urquell Museum

The Museum of Brewery was officially opened on 8th May 1959, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the trademark “Plzen Beer“.

The present exhibition documents the history of brewing starting from the Antiquity as far as to the modern era, of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt and of other cultures, e.g. of the Greeks, Romans, Teutons, Celts and Slavs.

The introduction of scientific procedures and of new technologies into brewing is summarized in documents of the exhibition of the brewery laboratory and of the Citizen Brewery in Plzen. The tradition and the development of the Czech hospitality are shown with the help of interiors of a pub from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and of a Plzen restaurant typical of the 1930s.

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  • Accommodation of a high quality in the centre of the City of Plzen
  • A large conference room with a data projector, a notebook, a TV set suitable for workshops, presentations …
  • A large breakfast room and a lounge
  • A reception with a lobby bar
  • A covered basement parking suitable also for motor cyclists – a lockable box for motor cycles