Flights to Plzen
Situated in western Bohemia in the Czech Republic is Plzen, the country’s fourth largest city. Plzen is located quite close to Prague (about 90 kilometres) though the city stands on its own as a tourist destination with a variety of sights and attractions.
The closest airport for flights to Plzen is the Prague-Ruzyne Airport (airport code: PRG), about an hour’s drive away. Nearly a dozen major airlines have flights to Plzen arriving in Prague from South Africa, most with just one connection. Iberia stops in Madrid, British Airways goes through London, and KLM has a route stopping in Amsterdam. You can also transfer in Munich if you fly with South African Airways or Lufthansa. Flights to Plzen vary, between 15 and over 20 hours in length.
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The Tourist Attractions of Plzen:
Called Pilsen in both English and German, anyone who knows anything about beer will recognise the name of Plzen as it’s known worldwide as the home of Pilsener beer. It only follows that you should be able to taste some great beers here in Plzen, though this isn’t the only thing that the city has to offer. The city is lined with beautiful streets and charming buildings, including several major landmarks such as the cathedral.
Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew
Situated right in the centre of Plzen is the Cathedral of St Bartholomew. Not only is this an important religious building, it is one of Plzen’s more historic landmarks as construction began in the year 1295. The cathedral sits on Plzen’s Main Square which is also one of the major landmarks and tourist spots in Plzen, and the gothic style cathedral dominates the square.
Plzen Main Square
Known as the Square of the Republic, known as the Square of the Republic’s main square is in the heart of the city and is a popular stop for tourists. It is one of the largest medieval squares in the Czech Republic and the square dates from around the 13th century. The square is lined with an assortment of buildings, including the cathedral, as well as a range of gothic and renaissance style architecture that includes rows of shops, the city hall, and also a plague column, dating from 1681.
The Great Synagogue
Another major landmark in Plzen is the Great Synagogue. This striking building was completed in 1892 and is the second largest synagogue in Europe. Originally it was designed as a gothic style building with tall towers, but the city councillors rejected this because of fear of it competing too strongly with the cathedral. The designs were changed and the synagogue ended up with the somewhat oriental designs and shorter towers.
Plzen Underground Tunnels
Dating back hundreds of years are Plzen’s underground tunnels. This is a whole network of tunnels are cellars that are connected, sometimes up to three levels deep, below the old town of Plzen. At 20 kilometres this is one of the longest tunnel networks in Central Europe and a small part of it is open to the pubic for tours.
When Should You Visit?:
Plzen is usually most popular with tourists over the summer months when there’s a little less rainfall and warm temperatures. July and August are warmest with average highs of 22C, though May through September can be quite pleasant. High humidity and cooler temperatures mean tat winter isn’t so popular. The average high in January is just 1C.