Pilsner Urquell brewery – Conference center Secese
U Prazdroje 7, 304 97 Plzeň, Czech Republic
GPS: 49°44’47.339″N, 13°23’10.568″E
The conference venue is directly opposite the recommended hotel Vienna House Easy Pilsen (across the street) and near the historic Old Town.
Pilsen (Plzeň) is the metropolis of West Bohemia. It is located about 90 km west of Prague at the confluence of four rivers — the Radbuza, the Mže, the Úhlava, and the Úslava.
Pilsen is well connected to the road network due to its location on the D5 motorway linking the Czech capital of Prague to Germany. Bus lines and trains connect the largest European cities with Pilsen.
Pilsen is a significant cultural, business and industrial center, famous mostly due to the products of Plzen’s brewery and Skoda works. In September 2010, Pilsen has been awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2015. Nowadays, the population of Plzeň is almost 200.000 people.
Pilsen became a town in 1295 when King Wenceslaus II granted Plzeň its civic character as a special “Royal City”.
The eventful history of the city can be seen during the sightseeing of many interesting buildings.
St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral is an outstanding building dating from the late 13th to early 16th century. It combines three developmental Gothic features on the principle of a three-part nave entrance hall. It is the dominant architectural feature of the city. The sculpture of the Pilsen Madonna on the main altar is from 1390. The tower (102,6 m) is the highest church tower in Bohemia. 301 stairs lead to the gallery (62 m). When is suitable weather conditions, the Šumava Mountains may be seen in the distance of 72 km.
The town hall dominates the north side of the square.
The Great Synagogue is the second largest synagogue in Europe (and the third in the world). It has been one of Pilsen dominants since 1894, when there lived a numerous and prosperous Jewish Community – till the beginning of World War II. The impressive atmosphere of the place is used for concerts and regular exhibitions.
Favourite tourist destinations include, apart from the world renowned Pilsner Urquell brewery, also the ZOO and Botanical Gardens and the adjacent DinoPark. The J. K. Tyl Theatre, as well as the Alfa Theatre, feature prominently among the highlights of Pilsen cultural life, together with about twenty galleries and various multigenre and alternative cultural projects.
Many district and regional institutions reside in the city, among them about forty secondary schools and apprenticeship training colleges, the University of West Bohemia and the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University.
The North of Pilsen is typically represented by a wooded landscape scattered with areas of outstanding natural beauty hidden in river and brook valleys. The South of Pilsen is a region full of chateaux, castles and natural landmarks. Originally a hunting chateau Kozel in the Neo-classicist style was built between 1784 and 1789. It is a simple four-wing single-storey building. The chateau is surrounded by an English park. Radyně is extensive ruins of a former Gothic guard castle on the top of the Radyně hill (the highest hill in the vicinity of Pilsen – 569 m above sea level). Preserved pre-Romanesque rotunda of St. Peter and Paul from the beginning of the 10th century is in Stary Plzenec.