Pilsen for a beer or two – Part 2

The rest of the pictures from the last trip to Pilsen or Plzeň. The forecast called for rain so I only took the iPhone 6 to take pictures – and it did not rain and I was not happy. The quality of the pictures is just not the same as with a DSLR. Still the best camera is the camera you have with you! Next time I bring the Canon – rain or shine!
Enjoy the rest of the pictures.

Cathedral of St. Bartholomew

Usually I never pay to go inside a church. I hate it when you have to pay to go to Siam Reap or Bagan in Asia. But a church in Europe? Impossible – this time we had so much time and it was super cheap – so we went in the church. Armed with a few pages of information from the friendly woman at the counter we looked at everything described there. They had the organ music going inside so it was a very good experience after all. If you are like me – make an exception to the rule and visit this one!

Cathedral of St. Bartholomew
Construction started around 1295 but there are no records left. The first time the church is documented was in 1307. Wolfram Zwinillinger must had some problems sleeping good at night. So he bequeathed his malt and drying factory to the church for serving a mass on behalf of his soul. That sounds like a very good deal – for the church!
At the time a church was not usually build on a public market so the old church could have been build somewhere else. However – the presbytery was build in 1342. Later they extended the church and rebuild it a few times. They also wanted to add a second tower. That never happened.

Cathedral of St. Bartholomew

Cathedral of St. Bartholomew

Cathedral of St. Bartholomew

Cathedral of St. Bartholomew

Cathedral of St. Bartholomew

Cathedral of St. Bartholomew

A bell with a name
A bell with a name

View from the tower of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew
View from the tower of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew – they do charge you extra to climb up – of course!

The market square
The market square

Part of the market square
Part of the market square

The Black Tower on the left
The Black Tower on the left

Houses at the market square
Houses at the market square

Renaissance Town Hall
Renaissance Town Hall

Statue at the market square

Coffee break
Coffee break at a small local place next to the market. I have no clue why all the tourists go to the big and fancy places. Here they have only 4 small tables and only old people come and have a coffee with some sweets. One day these small places will be gone so now is a good time to go there. All that stuff was less than 3€ – served with a smile from the lady behind the counter. This one is a Turkish Coffee. I ordered black – no sugar. The next day we had to come back to sample 4 other cakes. She made us a regular coffee – I ordered black – no sugar. Ha ha – why not??

Not all the churches are renovated
Not all the churches are renovated

Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Entrance to the Pilsner Urquell Brewery. Boy oh boy what a tourist trap. If you like to visit a brewery – go and visit. It is way cheaper than the Guinness brewery for example but do not eat there or drink a beer. Or drink one beer so you can say I had a beer at the brewery.
We decided to save the entrance fee and invest that money into craft beer!

A fresh brew - the unfiltered one of course!
A fresh brew – the unfiltered one of course! I had a beer at the brewery! OK – since we walked there we had one – to get energy to walk to the main beer place for today. And have a few non Pilsner beers as well.

Klub malych pivovaru

Since we had our Pilsner Urquell at the brewery we went – almost – next door. 3 minutes to walk from the gate to Klub malych pivovaru. A mix of student bar and old school drinking hole with a small menu. They have 8 craft beers on tab. And when the cask is empty you have to wait till next day. Or have some of the bottled stuff. Check out the selection before you go: Klub malych pivovaru.

Klub malych pivovaru
Of course we had to try all the different beers on tab. And had chips, an onion soup and some more food. All together was not even 20€! This is way cheaper than Bangkok!! And the beer 1000 times better 🙂

http://www.klubmalychpivovaru.cz/

http://www.klubmalychpivovaru.cz/

House at Nadrazni street - not all the houses are renovated
House at Nadrazni street – not all the houses are renovated. In fact – most of them are not…

Main train station
Main train station

Západočeské muzeum
Západočeské muzeum

District Court
District Court

Another small church
Another small church

House at Perinova street
House at Perinova street

House at Veleslayinova street
House at Veleslayinova street

Dinner at the hotel - we have a kitchen - so lets use it!
Dinner at the hotel – we have a kitchen – so lets use it!

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Pilsen for a beer or two

Another loooong weekend to burn. This time we went to Pilsen or Plzeň in the Czech Republic.
You might wonder why the pilsner type blond lager is called Pilsner – yes the first Pilsen was brewed right here. Pilsner Urquell is the original pilsner and first pale lager beer in the world. The people of the city where not happy with the beer the local brewers brew. So the city officials asked Josef Groll, a Bavarian brewer, to develop a better beer. On 5 October 1842, Groll had a new mash ready and on 11 November 1842, the new beer was first served at the feast of Saint Martin markets. Everybody was happy so they brew it till today.
A long time ago I passed Pilsen on a train. I saw only the train station but I knew – one day I will be back here.

Did book a room for two nights in a quite suburb but a few days before the weekend I found out we can spend one extra night – that is why it is called a looooong weekend.
Unfortunately the hotel was booked solid so we spend the first night in another place.

View from the apartment
View from the apartment

Bedroom
Bedroom

Kitchen
Kitchen

Living room
Living room
Quite nice but a bit to far out to walk to town. The next morning we went to the other hotel, parked the car and walked into the city.

Cross of Conciliation
Cross of Conciliation

House next to the river
House next to the river.
Most of the way we could walk along the river. Great to get to the inner city.

Radbuza River
Radbuza River

War Memorial
War Memorial

Almost downtown - still at the river
Almost downtown – still at the river

Graffiti at the river

Graffiti at the river

The Gothic Church of St. Nicholas was built in the years 1406-1410
The Gothic Church of St. Nicholas was built in the years 1406-1410

The Art Nouveau houses at Hálkova street

Art Noveau houses, Hálkova street

Dog and cat
Dog and cat

Detail of the faccade
People look out of the wall and a guy climbing up a floor (on the top left)

Interesting Details and colours
Interesting details and colours

A nice street

They are all very intresting

Halkova Street

Here is the top like a dream castle
Here is the top like a dream castle

At the corner of Halkova and Kopernikova
At the corner of Halkova and Kopernikova

Halkova Street

Halkova Street

And there is much more in other Streets!

Skretova Street
Skretova Street

Skretova Street
Skretova Street

At the corner of Kopernikova and Bendova street
At the corner of Kopernikova and Bendova street

Houses with the painting of Mikulas Ales at Nerudova street

Houses with the painting of Mikulas Ales at Nerudova street

House at Nerodova Street

House at Nerodova Street

House at Nerodova Street

At the namesti Republiky
At the namesti Republiky

House in the Bezrucova street
House in the Bezrucova street

The Great Synagogue
The Moorish Revival Great Synagogue. It is the second largest synagogue in Europe after the one in Budapest

Josef Kajetán Tyl Theatre
Josef Kajetán Tyl Theatre

House at Klatovska trida Street
House at Klatovska trida Street

House at Klatovska trida Street
Unfortunate they kill it with the shops downstairs 🙁

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