There’s a restaurant on premise but the reason to visit is the tour, which consists of a movie, a visit to the packaging plant and the brew house, before finally descending into the cool cellars, at the end of which you are given a cup of the unfiltered Pilsner Urquell. It’s actually a really nice and informative tour, the cellars especially are fantastic, and the unfiltered PU from the wood is crazy good. Don’t miss it.
You’re only going here to get the Pilsner from the wood. We all know that. But the brewery still has some historically interesting features, and the tour isn’t bad for a big industrial joint. Restaurant was not impressive. When will they start the special tour that just goes to the caves and includes all-you-can-drink from the wood?
We ended up spending most of the afternoon here, starting with a lunch at their enormous restaurant. That part was not the most memorable of the visit as the food was sub-par (-1 on the sausage plate with 10 smallish sausages served over a watery sauerkraut). The visit was pretty much worth it though. WHile relatively long at 90 minutes, it is globally interesting and places like the bottling facility, fermenting room and the huge cellars are attractive indeed. Going out from the cellars @ 6 degrees to the 30 degrees yard under the sun to drink your freshest oaked pilsner is quite the treat and one of those wordly beer experience that has to be tried once.
A nice place with a great history. Of course a great beer at the end of the tour. But to me, drinking beer is always more interesting than watching the process of making beer. Nothing wrong with the tour, though.
I can very much recommend the brewery visit with the great walk of the cold cellars and non-filtered Plzensky Prazdroj straight from the huge wooden casks. The gift shop has a huge selection of stuff if you’re a collector.
Great tour in a beautiful old historic brewery. This is the place that popularized and really commercialized the cold filtered pilsner beer style...although they didn’t invent it...make no mistake...we drink this beautiful beer and all it’s worldwide derivitives because of Pilsner Urquell. I love the train (Pilsner Express)...too bad they couldn’t pull it out of the covered area with a tow vehicle just so the tourists can take pictures...its too hidden away for that now and the shadows make it hard to take a good picture. The lighthouse style old water tank is cool...as well as the 50th anniversary gate that’s in the red seal of every label. As others have said though...yes the tour is great...but the star is walking the old naturally cold tunnels...seeing the open top cold fermenting barrels...& finally drinking the unpastuerized & unfiltered beerstraight from the huge wooden barrels...beer made exactly the way they did almost 200 year ago...and available this way only to the tours and special on site events. Get the large plastic cup...lol! Note...food in the restaurant is decent...most of their beers are served here too. This is a must stop for any beer lover...easy day trip from Prague...or on a drive either way between Prague & Munich (and you get to pass all the hop farms too).
My third visit here, and the tours are getting more and more boring, but you get the reward at the end. Souvenir shop and restaurant as well a small outdoor beer garden well worth a visit in summer time.
This place is all about the beer in the cellar. A must visit in Pilsen.
pivnizub (540) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | February 26, 2007| Updated December 14, 2012
One of the places, that every beer-lover should have seen: pretty coppers in the brewhouse itself, nice spicy smell everywhere, well made film about the history (in several languages) and the present of the Urquell-Brauerei and, the highlight, an unique visit to the cold old cellars, where a very small part of the brewery’s production is fermented in the traditional way in wooden barrels. A fresh, superb, unfiltered Pilsener Urquell is waiting for You there. Worth a journey....českemu pivu zdar !
The brewery tour is rather impressive here and gets nearly magical once you start walking the underground hallways lined with immense wooden kegs. It takes a while before you get to this underground (over an hour), but the setting is simply perfect for a glass of unfiltered, oak-fermented Pilsner Urquell, straight from the barrel. If they set up a pub down here, it would surely become a primo destination in this beery country, but as is, you have to get the entire tour whenever you want one glass of this fantastic olden PUrquell. And you can’t get seconds...