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?
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.
Been on the brewery tour several times over the years and I keep finding myself wanting to go back for more. The tour is available in several languages, I’ve always had the English speaking tour. The tour has changed over the years, latest one I took was early August 2017. If you’ve been on brewery tours, especially in large breweries,before, not too much is new when it comes to the first part of the tour. But, something that is unique here, is the old cellars and getting to taste the PU straight from the wooden barrels. It is such an amazing beer, at least for me, and worth going on the tour for just that glass of beer. And yes, these days you get a glass, not the plastic cup, and not a tiny sample, but somewhere around 30 cl of the amazing golden stuff. As far as they say, the end part of the tour is the only place in the world (in modern days) where you’ll have the unfiltered non pasteurized PU that has fermented in oak vats and then been cellared in oak barrels. And yes, I still love it, and yes, I might take the tour again "just" to have that beer once more. My high score is basically for my love of that cellar and the beer, the our itself, albeit a tad impresseive, is mainly marketing, like most brewery tours.
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.
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).
We visited Pilsner Urquell brewery on 25.11.2013. The brewery tour was really good. Although they changed most of the old brewery processes you still can see the old brew house. They do small batch brewing, using the old equipment, open fermentation and the original wooden fermentation tanks. As a highlight you get a small sample of the unpasteurized and unfiltered Pilsner Urquell, fantastic taste. Really liked the tour, was very informative and a good mixture of seeing old and new processes and equipment. Was definitely one of the best tours we have ever done. The restaurant is just ok, but it does not matter, you can enjoy a fresh Urquell and reflect about your brewery tour.
Did the tour, was about 7 euros, and worth every penny. Professionally conducted and interesting history presented. Surprising level of access and openness. Beautiful drop of beer served too, straight from the tun. Recommended.
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.