Experience two of the Czech Republic’s best-loved traditions – pilsner beer and Bohemia glassmaking — on this day trip from Prague. With an expert guide, head to Plzen, known as Pilsen in German, and the Pilsner Urquell brewery where the legendary beer began life in 1842. Discover how the beer is made and perhaps buy some Pilsner Urquell glassware. After lunch at a Pilsner-themed restaurant, visit the Bohemia glassworks in Nizbor. See how the glass is blown and cut, and finish with the chance to buy some beautiful glassware at factory prices.
Full-day trip from Prague to Nizbor Bohemia glass factory and Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Learn the history of pilsner at Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Leave central Prague by air-conditioned coach and travel southeast to the Czech city of Plzen, known as Pilsen in German. Beer has been brewed in the city since 1295, but it was in 1842 that the city’s Prazdroj brewery began making the now legendary Pilsner Urquell. This zingy golden beer went on to inspire many of the world’s ‘pilsner’ and ‘pils’ brews. On arrival, take a tour of the Prazdroj Pilsner Urqell brewery to see where the original beer was first brewed and how it’s made today. Peer into the modern brewing facility and historical cellars, and visit the museum that charts the history of beer-making in Pilsen from the 15th century on. Perhaps buy some Pilsner Urquell glassware at the shop and enjoy an included lunch and drink in the brewery restaurant — a replica of a traditional Pilsner tavern. Then, board your coach and continue to Nizbor, a small town on the Berounka River famous for producing another Czech export — Bohemia glass, sometimes known as Czech crystal. En route, hear about the history of glassmaking in Bohemia, and how it evolved into the making of delicate crystal favored by Europe’s royals during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Visit the Nizbor glassworks to learn more about its products, hand made here since 1903. Watch the glassblowers in action and discover how the shaped glass is then hand-cut into delicate glassware and ornaments. Browse the showroom, and if you wish, take advantage of the discounted prices to buy some of the exquisite finished pieces. Your tour concludes with a drop-off in central Prague.
We had a wonderful time visiting the brewery and glass factory. The process used to make the glass is incredible and you can buy beautiful glass for reasonable prices. The brewery is worth the trip and full of history. The beer is delicious as well. We would highly recommend this to others.
We paid in advance online and had tickets downloaded. We arrived at the meeting point in the city and there was no official system or person to check our tickets. Then the tour guide and bus driver simply told us they would not being doing the tour. They made many excuses that its not a great time of year anyway for glass factory and that they were taking someone else on a trip to Vienna instead. No warning at all. I am attempting to get a refund but the company is not answering calls or emails from the Viator representative. Extremely unreliable company
2 emails requesting hotel pick up ignored.
On arrival made numerous calls to local number provided. All had a recorded message in Czech so not understood.
Mentioned to guide (Italian) on arrival at tour - not that concerned or unapologetic.
Tour good although guide not very confident or knowledgeable.
The on-site guide at the Pilsner Brewery was engaging, informative and delightful. The on-site guide for the Glass Factory was friendly and informative as well. They were pleasant, engaging and knowledgeable. The lunch offered in the package was delicious. We were late getting to the glass factory as we had to wait for a guide to accompany our transportation.
An excellent day out during our 7 day stay in Prague. The visit to the glass factory was fascinating.. we got to watch every step of the process although the promised information during the drive out never materialized Lunch was equally good and the tour of Pilsner Urquell was a highlight of our entire time away. Our only issue was with our tour guide, Edward. I'm not sure if he was just having a bad day, but he was 'curt' to the point of being rude for most of the day. By the end of the day, the 5 of us who were on the mini-bus, were having fun just watching him melt down when things did not go his way.
Our guide Peter was great. Had a great conversation with him while we drove to and from the brewery and glass blowing factory. The brewery tour was 1.5 hours long and pretty good for a brewery tour. Plus, straight from the cask beer sampling near the end of the tour. Peter also treated us to a great lunch in Plzen. I would recommend this tour.
This tour was great and our guide, Peter, very helpful and friendly. While we were driving to our destinations he provided us with a lot of history and background on the city. We were the most excited for the tour of the crystal factory, which we loves -- it was amazing seeing so much done by hand. But we were wowed by the brewery tour -- probably the best beer we've had during our whole trip!
We loved our glass and brewery tour. Both factories were so much fun. We bought some amazing looking glassware, vases and glass pieces at the factory at such incredible prices. Pieces that will always remind us of our trip to Prague. The beer tour was super interesting and the guide was young but super knowledgeable and very energetic- made it fun. Also met some great people on trip. Would highly recommend this tour.
Brewery guide was a lot of fun and very informative. Would have preferred on the glass factory that we were able to follow the whole process. Was shown the finished product, then on back to the blowing. Seemed a little backward
Loved this tour. Fantastic trip ....loved the glass factory and also loved the pilsna beer factory. Both we're brilliant. Our only complaint was our driver!!!!! Our guide was a beautiful lady I think her name was Hilda - an elderly Czech lady....very lovely. However our driver......a man can not call him a gentleman who only spoke Czech or Russian was not very nice....he constantly argued with our guide and travelled too fast and erratically at the most inappropriate times. Loved this tour and our guide but was not very impresses with our driver a centiment shared by others on our tour.