Museum of Plzeň's Historical Underground
This extraordinary tour explores the passageways below the old city. The earliest were probably dug in the 14th century, perhaps for...
The Brewery Museum offers an insight into how beer was made (and drunk) in the days before Prazdroj was founded. Highlights include a...
Old Town Hall
The city’s lovely Town Hall, which dates from the mid-16th century, was built in Italian Renaissance style, with signature sgraffito on...
Clean, modern cafe right on the central square that's a lifesaver if you need a strong cup and/or good wi-fi. They also have a nice...
Don't overlook this pleasant pub/restaurant, attached to the Brewery Museum. It may look a bit touristy, but the traditional Czech food...
Museum of Plzeň's Historical Underground information
Lonely Planet review
The extraordinary Museum of Plzeň's Historical Underground is a web of passages under the town. The earliest were probably dug in the 14th century, perhaps for beer production or defence; the latest date from the 19th century. Of an estimated 11km excavated in the 1970s and '80s, some 500m is open to the public.
Plzeň's wealthier set used to have wells in their cellars. Overuse led to severe water shortages until a municipal water system was established in the 15th century. When wells dried up they were often filled with rubbish and buried; these have yielded an amazing trove of artefacts. The tunnels are dotted with exhibits of wooden water pumps, mining tools, pewter, pottery and, to the surprise of some historians, Czech glass dating back to the 14th century. A good English text is available, but bring extra clothing (it's a chilly 10°C); a torch (flashlight) will let you peer into the eeriest corners. The last tour is at 16:20.