Plzen: Hometown of the world's original lager beer

Trip Start Feb 06, 2011
Trip End Sep 15, 2011

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, July 8, 2011

The more beer I drink, the more I enjoy it!  Plzen was on my way down to Cesky Krumlov, so I made the pilgrimage to the city to pay homage to its famous beer: Pilsner Urquell.  I arrived by train in the early afternoon and checked into my hostel which was interesting to say the least.  The owner couldn't find my reservation even though I had emailed him several times and then he proceeded to offer me a single room for the same price.  The room was a fair size with 3 separate beds but it looked downright haunted.  On the bright side, at the least the sheets smelled fresh!  

I walked into town to do some sightseeing before my 4:15pm brewery tour of Pilsner Urquell.  I climbed the 102m Church of St. Bartholomew tower, the highest in Bohemia.  The steps were quite steep and I was surprised to see parents bringing their kids up the tower.  On several occasions, I saw children crying as they attempted their descent.  There really isn't too much to see in this city and most people prefer to come for a day trip from Prague.  I don't blame them.  

The brewery tour was quite informative but I already knew how beer was made so I was only looking forward to trying the beer.  This isn't just any Pilsner Urquell beer...  unfiltered, unpasteurized beer tapped straight from the oak barrels.  Talk about fresh!  It certainly didn't disappoint.  They store the beer in ridiculously cold cellars underneath the brewery and they only serve this good stuff to employees and people who join the tour.  For dinner, I went to the adjoining restaurant which seats over 650 people, the largest in the Czech Republic!  
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