Located beneath Pilsen’s historic city centre stretch nearly 20 km of passageways, cellars and water wells. Together they make up Pilsen’s Historical Underground. This underground labyrinth ranks among the largest of its kind in the Czech Republic. Construction began at the end of the 13th century, reaching as many as three floors deep in some areas. Visitors to the Historical Underground get to walk through a nearly 800-metre long section. The entrance is located in the same brewing home which houses the Brewery Museum. Embarking on a tour here is always a great choice, and not only on days when you’re trying to escape the heat.
October – March: 10:30-17:00
April – September: 10:00–18:00
Children ages 3 and younger not permitted!
Adults CZK 150
Children, Students, Seniors CZK 100
Family ticket CZK 330
Náměstí Republiky (Pražská)
301 00 Pilsen
Underneath a medieval city
Pilsen Historical Underground served a number of purposes. It was used to store food and ice, and to make beer. The beer fermented and matured in the cellars, where, of course, it was then stored. The most important function of these underground areas was assuring access to water. Originally, as many as 360 wells could be found under Pilsen’s historic city centre. We also can’t leave out the areas which served as safe havens. The local inhabitants could run here in times of war or siege as a way to seek refuge. Today you will find pleasant restaurants, wine bars and private cellars located on the first floor underground.
Tour of Pilsen Historic Underground
A large array of items were discovered in the water wells, thanks to which visitors are able to better understand what it was like to live in a city from the Middle Ages. A section of the tour is dedicated to the historic waterworks system, which dates back to the first half of the 16th century. Additionally, visitors ages 18 or older at the end of the tour will receive a voucher for a free beer, which can be redeemed at a number of the Brewery restaurants.
For safety reasons, all visitors are required to wear a helmet over the course of the entire tour. Also, keep in mind that temperatures in the Historic Underground tend to hang around 6°C, which is why we recommend wearing warm clothing.