Together with Spring, the New Tourist Season Starts in Pilsen
Photo: Ladislav Renner
Although the cultural offer for tourists in Pilsen is rich and colourful all year round, when the spring comes and the main tourist season starts, the offer is even better and enjoying Pilsen even easier. The blooming parks around the historic city centre invite you to a stroll and the city is waking up. We have prepared a list of tourist attractions which re-open in April after the winter period or offer longer opening hours in the high season.
One of the most beautiful gardens in Pilsen is dedicated to victims of evil. It is open only in the period between April and September. If you have time, you can walk to the garden along the river Radbuza. When the weather is nice, you can always enjoy a nice afternoon there. The Meditation Garden also nicknamed the Memorial to Victims of Evil is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Old Synagogue
The recently renovated Old Synagogue is located nearby the Great Theatre. It is hidden in the inner courtyard of Smetanovy sady. Therefore you can easily miss it when sightseeing. However, it is definitely worth visiting. It offers an exhibition explaining Jewish customs and traditions. Close to the synagogue you will also find the memorial to victims of Holocaust called the Garden of Memories. You can visit the synagogue every day except for Saturdays and Jewish Holidays from April to October.
The Museum of Ecclesiastical Art
The Museum of Ecclesiastical Art also re-opens after the winter period. You will find it in a former Franciscan monastery in the centre of Pilsen. It offers an interesting collection of liturgical objects, religious art as well as original Gothic interiors, frescos dated in 15th century, clerical garments and also the oldest wardrobe in the Czech Republic. Starting in April, it is open every day except for Monday.
Tower of St Bartholomew´s Cathedral
The tallest church tower in the Czech Republic offering a wonderful view of Pilsen surroundings is open all year round. When the weather is perfect, you can see even the Alps. The interior of cathedral is currently closed due to the reconstruction. However, you can climb the tower every day.
Zoo and DinoPark
If you come to Pilsen with children and the weather is worth it, you will definitely enjoy the zoo and the DinoPark with giant models of prehistoric dinosaurs. It is located next to the zoo. Ideally, you can visit both od them in one day. The DinoPark starts its season in April and the zoo is now open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You can visit a guided tour of Pilsen Loos interiors three times a week since April: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The famous architect Adolf Loos designed the apartment interiors for local Jewish enterprenuers. There are no tours in English. However, if you decide for the visit, you will get a written guide in English. To get more information about guided tours and booking go to www.adolfloospilsen.cz.
Every Saturday morning, the Republic Square carries the smell of good coffee, fresh pastries, marmalades, herbs, chocolates and many other delicacies. Verified regional high-quality food, seasonal vegetables and fruit waits for you on the stalls. You won´t be disappointed even if you decide to have breakfast right on the market. The market is located in the area between the City Hall and the St Bartholomew’s Cathedral.
Although the ruins of the Radyně castle are located a few kilometres out of Pilsen, its silhouette belongs to city´s main symbols. Moreover, the castle tower offers a splendid view of the Pilsen surroundings. In April and May, the castle is open at the weekend and bank holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Between June and August, it is open every day except for Monday.