Known as the land of beer, beer has been brewed in the Czech Republic for several thousand years. The oldest historically documented brewery was founded in 993. The Czech Republic and it’s capital Prague, are well known for their beer tradition and consumption – Czech beer is actually cheaper than water. To celebrate International Beer Day, we have put together a list of four unforgettable beer experiences in the Czech Republic.
- Bathe in beer in Karlovy Vary
Indulge in beer wellness at a beer spa in a well-known spa town, Karlovy Vary. Thanks to its unique architecture, it is one of Europe’s most beautiful spas. In Karlovy Vary, you can experience the unique effects of beer at the First Beer Spa. Soak in handmade whirling tubs of Royal Oak, an eternal symbol of longevity and endurance. The bath is based on an original recipe consisting of brewer’s yeast, selected varieties of hops, malt and peat extract. In the bath, you can drink an unlimited amount of light and dark beer, helping in the hydration of the body. It helps in the release of tension, fatigue and stress, removal of harmful substances from the body, regeneration of skin and absolute mental and physical relaxation. Beer spas can also be found at other spa towns, such as Jeseník in Moravia.
- Beer Trails on Foot or Bike
If you really want to enjoy Czech beer, make the time to walk one of the beer trails. In Krkonoše, the highest Czech mountain range, you can witness beautiful parts of the mountains throughout the 35-kilometre trail while tasting beer from local breweries at six stops. The Krušnohorská beer trail offers not only light and dark lagers on both the Czech and German sides of the mountains, but also light wheat brews made according to old German recipes and low-alcohol fizzy drinks.
Cyclists can take the longest beer cycling trail in the Czech Republic in Pardubice which boasts three local breweries for beer tastings.
- Pilsen Urquell brewery tour
Pilsner Urquell Brewery, the birthplace of world-renowned lager Pilsner Urquell, is the biggest brewery in the Czech Republic. It is a major manufacturer and exporter of Czech beer. It exports beer to more than 50 countries around the world. The Brewery Museum is situated in downtown Pilsen in a uniquely preserved building with a license to brew beer from the 15th century is a must-see. Learn about the history of beer from antiquity to the present day. As part of the brewery tour, you will get to taste 300 ml of Pilsner Urquell beer for visitors aged 18 or over.
- Permanent Beer Fest
Chug the glass of beer at the largest craft beer garden in Central Europe. It’s located in an old, industrial part of Prague, a trendy area infused with a new life by artists and hipsters. Surrounded by nature and art, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a craft beer while escaping the noise of downtown Prague. You’ll find a selection of 12 craft beers on tap and more than one hundred specials in bottles from around the globe. The bar and the kitchen are built from two shipping containers, serving burgers, grilled meat, finger foods and seasonal Czech appetizers. Permanent Beer Fest is also dog-friendly and has a playground for kids, so feel free to bring the family!
Czech cities have been hosting an increasing number of visitors from India, and the numbers are increasing with every passing year. While Prague and its attractions remain popular among travellers, an increased interest has been recorded in newer experiences such as Heritage Cities of Olomouc, Litomysl, Kutna Hora, and Kromeriz, which have old-world atmosphere and are abundant in sites protected by UNESCO. Explore Joyful Cities of Karlovy Vary and Liberec that offer experiences that are ideal for families and couples. The Happening Cities that are dynamically developing and are young are Brno and Ostrava, and of course, Prague, are the cities that never sleep.