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.