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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
  • Visit the brewery's museum
  • Lunch in local restaurant U Salzmannu
  • Tour of Nizbor Bohemia glass factory
  • Learn the history of Bohemian glassware
  • Purchase glassware at discounted prices
  • Experienced English-speaking guides

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What You Can Expect

Glass and Brewery Day Trip from Prague

Glass and Brewery Day Trip from Prague

Leave your Prague hotel or 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 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.

On 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.

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Customer Reviews

Gerald B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very informative tours. Ample time to purchase very nice and inexpensive crystal items. Brewery tour was the best brewery tours we have ever taken. Very good guide. The fresh beer was wonderful. Highly recommended.

Vrinda D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Guide was good and helpful. The glass factory tour and the brewery tour were informative and nice. I feel the lunch needs improvement, but overall a good experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was an excellent day trip from Prague. Our tour guide and driver, Jan, was knowledgeable and proficient. We first visited the Ruckl crystal factory in Nizbor. It was really neat to see how these crystal pieces are made and gives one a true appreciation for the work that goes into one. At the end of the tour there was the opportunity to buy some crystal, but there was absolutely no pressure to do so. The prices appeared to be very good!! We then headed off to Pilzen. We were given a 1/2 hour to tour the town on our own before heading off to lunch. Lunch was traditional Czech food in a restaurant in Pilzen. It was very good. Then we headed over to the Pilsner brewery where we had an excellent tour. It was an excellent day tour out of Prague.

Eiki N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very interesting to learn how the glass was formed. I love the brewery tour too.Enjoyed fresh beer at the storage site. After Prague, touring the country side was a refresh.

Chaya S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour and knowledgable guide, our group of 10 loved it!

Ronald R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We really enjoyed both tours. Truly very educational for us. Now we know why the Bohemian Chrystal is so expensive and why the Czech beer tastes so good!

Beth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent guide. A fun day learning about beer and crystal.

David K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Prague. Our driver was fantastic and quite knowledgeable and taught us about the history of the region the entire way. The brewery was outstanding I even was able to purchase glass mugs with my name etched on them and the Ruckl factory was great, with even greater prices in their factory store.

Anthony W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Really enjoyed our day trip to the Bohemian Glass Factory and Pilsner Brewery. Our guide, Peter, was very knowledgeable and very friendly. Really comfortable van that transported us from Prague to each of our tours. Enjoyed both tours and seeing some of the local countryside. Also really great way to buy the bohemian glassware and crystal. Much much cheaper buying it from the factory shop than from the stores in Prague. The price for the trip also included a nice two course meal at one of the local restaurants.

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Driver was great. The gas factory was very interesting and had some great pieces for sale in the shop at very good prices. The beer tour was also very interesting, and worth the day trip.

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