Pilsen Historical Underground Tour

Duration 50 minutes
Tour price CZK 120
Available languages CZ, DE, EN, RU
Opening hours
Pilsen Historical Underground
BUY TOUR   Group tour booking 15+

Visit the Pilsen Historical Underground, which is an inseparable part of the history and present day of the town of Pilsen.

We will take you through a labyrinth of passageways, cellars and wells built below Pilsen as early as from the 14th Century.

During the tour you will get to see life below the townand uncover the secrets of authentic finds and nooks and crannies that are hidden underground.

You will find out how the underground originated, and see for yourself in how many different ways it was utilised.

Thanks to the exhibits and displayed finds, you will be immersed in the history of the town and the everyday life of its citizens in the Middle Ages.

On the tour you will receive a beer voucher, in exchange for which at select Pilsen restaurants you can taste 0.3l of Pilsner Urquell beer (only for those aged 18 or over). Treat yourself and your loved ones to a present from our gift shop.

Tour times

January 2020
In Czech: Monday – Sunday: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
In English:  Monday – Sunday: 14:20
In German: Monday – Sunday: 11:40
Fabruary 2020
In Czech: Monday – Friday: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:20, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00
In English:  Monday - Sunday: 14:20
In German: Monday – Sunday: 11:40
March 2020
In Czech: Monday – Friday: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:20, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00
In English:  Monday – Friday: 14:20
Saturday – Sunday: 11:20, 14:20
In German: Monday – Friday: 11:40
Saturday – Sunday: 11:40, 14:40
April 2020
In Czech: Monday – Friday: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:20, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
In English:  Monday - Friday: 14:20
Saturday – Sunday: 11:20, 14:20, 15:20, 17:00
In German: Monday – Friday: 11:40
Saturday – Sunday: 11:40, 14:40
May 2020
In Czech: Monday – Friday: 10:20, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:20, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
In English:  Monday - Friday: 14:20, 17:00
Saturday – Sunday: 11:20, 14:20, 15:20, 17:00
In German: Monday – Sunday: 10:40, 11:40, 14:40
June 2020
In Czech: Monday – Friday: 10:20, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:20, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
In English:  Monday - Friday: 14:20, 17:00
Saturday – Sunday: 11:20, 14:20, 15:20, 17:00
In German: Monday – Sunday: 10:40, 11:40, 14:40
July 2020
In Czech: Monday - Sunday: 10:20, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
In English:  Monday - Friday: 11:20, 14:20, 17:00
Saturday – Sunday: 11:20, 14:20, 15:20, 17:00
In German: Monday – Sunday: 10:40, 11:40, 14:40

 

August 2020
In Czech: Monday - Sunday: 10:20, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
In English:  Monday - Friday: 11:20, 14:20, 17:00
Saturday – Sunday: 11:20, 14:20, 15:20, 17:00
In German: Monday – Sunday: 10:40, 11:40, 14:40

 

 

September 2020
In Czech: Monday - Friday: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:20, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
In English:  Monday - Friday: 14:20, 17:00
Saturday – Sunday: 11:20, 14:20, 15:20, 17:00
In German: Monday – Friday: 11:40, 14:40
Saturday – Sunday: 10:40, 11:40, 14:40

 

October 2020
In Czech: Monday - Friday: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:20, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
In English:  Monday - Friday: 14:20, 17:00
Saturday – Sunday: 11:20, 14:20, 17:00
In German: Monday - Friday: 11:40, 14:40
Saturday – Sunday: 10:40, 11:40, 14:40

 

November 2020
In Czech: Monday - Friday: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:20, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
In English:  Monday - Friday: 14:20
Saturday – Sunday: 11:20, 14:20
In German: Monday - Friday: 11:40, 14:40
Saturday – Sunday: 10:40, 11:40, 14:40

 

 

December 2019
In Czech: Monday – Friday: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
Saturday – Sunday: 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00
In English:  Monday – Friday: 14:20
Saturday – Sunday: 11:20, 14:20
In German: Monday – Friday: 14:40
Saturday – Sunday: 11:40, 14:40

Additional tour information

The tour is possible only with a guide and the group can be no larger than 20 persons.
50 minutes
We do not recommend entry in women’s shoes with high and narrow heels.
All year round we recommend our visitors to warmer clothes, the temperature is around + 6°C.
For safety reasons, children under 3 years of age are not allowed entry to the tour route of the Pilsen Historical Underground.
Beer vouchers exchangeable for a tasting of Pilsner Urquell beer are issued only to visitors aged 18 or older. In accordance with Act No. 65/2017 Sb., on the Protection of Health from Harmful Effects of Addictive Substances, we do not serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 18. A school group with one or more minors will not be provided with beer tasting.  

What to look forward to during a tour

 
1 Ice Cellar

The tour starts in the so-called ice cellar, which served to store ice. The ice cellar was part of the ingenious system of cellars of the houses that enjoyed brewing rights– it was situated on the top level of the cellars, from where water from the melting ice flowed down to the lower levels of the fermenting and lager cellars and cooled them.

 
2 Labyrinth of passageways

The underground areas were created together with the construction of the first town houses with brewing rights immediately after the founding of the town, that is, from the end of the 13th Century. The last part of the underground system was excavated in the 18th Century. The cellars were originally built to store food. No less important was their use for the brewing of beer. It was in the cellars of the houses with brewing rights that beer was fermented, matured and stored.

 
3 Wells and pits

Another important use of the underground was as access to water via wells and pits. Originally there were 360 of them. During the tour you will see 20 wells and pits.

 
4 The underground as part of the town’s fortification system

Over the course of time the cellars were expanded and deepened and in places up to 3 floors of mutually connected cellars were created. The underground system thus became part of the town’s defence system in times of war, combat and unrest. The underground passageways served not only as secure storage areas for food and a refuge for the citizens of Pilsen, but were also utilised as communication lines.

 
5 Water tower

The Pilsen historical water tower from the first half of the 16th Century is an important technical monument and the best preserved building of its type in Bohemia. Here you can see the remnants of a pumping machine from the year 1847. You will also see chambers for water columns, feeder tunnels for driving the machine, and the replica of a waterwheel. The water tower was also part of the fortification system as it was linked to the system of ramparts.

 
6 End of tour and beer tasting

The tour concludes in the Brewery Museum building. If you are aged 18 or over, you will receive a beer voucher at the end of the tour which is exchangeable for 0.30l of Pilsner Urquell beer in the Na SpilceU Salzmannů or Na Parkánu restaurants.

Only visitors aged 18 or over are entitled to beer vouchers as in accordance with the law on protection against alcoholism and other addictive substances No. 37/1989 Coll., visitors younger than 18 will not be served.

Map of brewery premises

 
 
 
 
 

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Opening hours

April to September 10 am to 6 pm
October to March  10 am to 5 pm

For tour times, see below.

Opening hours during Christmas:

Admission


        
Adults Reduced admission
Tour of the Pilsner Historical Underground CZK 120 CZK 80
Family ticket (2 adults + max. 3 children) CZK 280
School groups CZK 50 CZK 50
Fee for tours outside opening hours CZK 50 CZK 50

 

Reduced admission: children up to 6 and under 15, students under 26, pensioners over 70, TP, ZTP, HI YHA card holders.

Free admission: children from 3 to 6, ZTP/P card holders + their accompanying person (1)

25% discount on the price of tickets for two or more of our various tours (Pilsner Urquell Brewery, Gambrinus Brewery, Brewery Museum, Pilsen Historical Museum) on one day. This does not apply to school groups.

Tours held in a foreign language include the guide’s service in the agreed language.

For safety reasons, children under 3 years of age are not allowed entry to the tour route of the Pilsen Historical Underground.

 

Beer vouchers exchangeable for a tasting of Pilsner Urquell beer are issued only to visitors aged 18 or older. In accordance with the law on protection against alcoholism and other addictive substances No. 37/1989 Coll., visitors younger than 18 will not be served.

 

 

 

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