More than 5 reasons why you should plan a trip to Pilsen in 2024
When’s a better time to start making bold holiday and travel plans than the very start of the new year? This way, you’ll have something to look forward to, and Pilsen should surely be included in your itinerary. Of course, taking a trip to West Bohemia is a great idea all year round, and yet, we’ve prepared a current overview of new events and interesting cultural feats for the following year, ensuring you won’t miss out on anything important.
1) New exposition on vintage vehicles – DEPO Moto Art presents unique collections
At the end of the year, the new exposition DEPO Moto Art opened to visitors at the city’s former transportation hub. Here you’ll find 40 automobiles, 70 motorcycles, four presidential trucks, and the bikes used by Roman Kreuziger to win the World Championship in 2004. For now, tours are held each Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at pre-determined times. Tickets must be reserved in advance.
2) The iconic Main Railway Station building is sparkling after its new renovations
Alongside the fifth-largest synagogue on earth, the Gothic St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, the iconic Pilsner Urquell brewery gate, and the beautifully decorated townhomes in the historical city centre, Pilsen’s Main Railway Station, first built in 1907, is once again shiny and new. During the expansive renovations, the building was updated to meet the needs of travellers in the 21st century and the monumental cupola, the rich stuccoed décor, and other decorative elements were repaired. With the station’s opening, travelling to Pilsen will be just that much more comfortable. You can enjoy a good view of this impressive structure from the viewpoint at Paluba Hamburk. And remember, you can take a train from Prague to Pilsen in only 75 minutes!
3) Sting is coming to Pilsen in June
It’s not every day that a giant musical name from the world of pop music holds a concert in Pilsen. But that could very well change after Sting comes to play at the Lochotín Amphitheatre on June 4. The popular singer and guitarist chose Pilsen as one of the stops on his My Songs tour, and he’ll bring along with him a grandiose musical show, where he’ll play his greatest hits. Tickets are still available online at Ticketportal.
4) The variety offered by The Year of Czech Music programme in Pilsen is above-standard
Both the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra and the J.K. Tyl Theatre are preparing grand celebrations for The Year of Czech Music and the 200th birthday of Bedřich Smetana. The theatre will present an entire series of Smetana’s Operas. The monumental stage presentation of Libuše is even being prepared for the June open-air event Night of the Opera at the Lochotín Amphitheatre. Also, its year-long programme will feature other Czech composers, including contemporary ones. The Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra will dedicate its entire programme for this year’s Smetana Days festival to Smetana and other Czech composers. Then, throughout the year, it will perform all of Smetana’s symphonic, chamber, and piano works. Both institutions will also offer countless unique musical experiences
5) The Gallery of West Bohemia will hold an exhibit for the 100th anniversary of Franz Kafka’s passing
From Jun 5 to October 28, the “Meat Market” exhibition hall will belong to none other than Franz Kafka. The Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen has prepared an exhibit that maps Kafka’s relationship to his own drawings, his painter friends, and even the arts themselves. The exhibit’s focal point will be Kafka’s drawings, reflecting not only his interest in the fine arts but also his knowledge of period magazine and newspaper production. Kafka’s drawings will be confronted with works by representatives of modern, Central-European visual arts, Japanese art, and examples of period visual culture. The exhibition will be held in cooperation with Adalbert Stifter Verein and the Jewish Museum in Prague as part of the Kafka2024 and Kafka 100 projects.