Welcome to Plzen - open Town

Plzen (Pilsen), the capital of West Bohemia, was founded by the Czech King Wenceslas II. The eventful history of the city can be seen during the sightseeing of many interesting buildings. The historical city centre, is dominated by the slim tower of the Gothic St. Bartholomew Cathedral. With its height of 102,26 m (335 feet), this tower is the highest church spire in Bohemia.
The whole range of important buildings is an evidence for the era of great boom in the city on the turn of last two centuries.
Today's Plzen counts 165 000 inhabitants and is a significant cultural, business and industrial centre, famous mostly due to the products of Plzen's brewery and the heavy machinery factories Skoda.
In the last years the city has been taking taking step by step a new, more attractive face and wishes to be an appeal "entry gate" on the passage from West Europe.

Official portal of the Plzen
Pages maintened by Plzen City.
General information about Plzen, the capital of West Bohemia.
Historical Centre
A fascinating clickable map of the centre of the city.
Plzen's far-stretched historical underground is an integral part of its historical centre. It dates back to the 13th century.
Important Buildings
Information about the most important buildings in Plzen and its neighbourhood.
A chronological history of the city.
The Tour
Take a tour of the city.
A Musical film about Plzen
Looks at history and present life of Plzen city. The movies are available in both RealVideo and MPEG.
The history of the Plzen coat-of-arms.
Geographical and geological characteristics of the city and its surroundings.
Map of the City
Map of Plzen, Street searching, ...

This page is available in both English and Czech versions.

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Milos Wimmer July 2001

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