Take a trip to places once closed during winter
With the new tourist season, the castles, chateaus, and more around Pilsen are opening their doors, options for other experiences are coming to life, and the opening hours for many tourist destinations are being extended. Where will you go for your first spring trip in Pilsen?
With or without kids
After the winter break, the popular DinoPark will return to the list of open attractions. You can find the park in Pilsen right next to the zoo, meaning you can use the discounted ticket to visit not only the living animals but also the realm of giant, prehistoric lizards. If you combine a trip to both parks, then there’s enough to do here for the entire day, weather permitting. The zoo already opened in March, and you can go there anytime between 8-19h. DinoPark closes one hour earlier at 18h.
Also recently opened in March, the private technical museum Airpark Zruč is now accepting visitors. Here you can see planes, helicopters, artillery guns, tanks, and other historical vehicles. Either with or without kids, we recommend visiting the deep kaolin mine in Nevřeň. For now, tours are only available on Saturdays, however, both tours and opening hours will be added in the coming summer months.
The Meditation Garden
Just spring weather itself is enough to entice you out for a walk. In Pilsen, you can walk along any of the four local rivers or around any of the Bolevec Ponds. Or you can go to one of the interesting, yet often overlooked, publicly accessible gardens. Aside from the public parks in Pilsen, the best examples are the Meditation Garden and the Luft Garden.
Because of its more accessible opening hours, we recommend visitors see the Meditation Garden. It was created as a monument to the Victims of Evil and is the work of political prisoner Luboš Hruška. These grounds stylised like an English park, feature hundreds of ornamental conifer trees, two small ponds, a way of the cross with twelve life-size sculptures, and a chapel dedicated to St. Maximilian Kolbe. You can visit the garden from any Wednesday to Sunday.
Visiting Radyně and Kozel
One of the iconic symbols of Pilsen, apart from the brewery gate and the cathedral’s silhouette, is the panoramic ruins of Radyně Castle, whose outline you’ll find as the ‘castle icon’ on maps all over the world. A hike to Radyně is nice any time of the year, however, only now that the main visitor’s season has begun can you end your trip with a tour of the castle. We recommend not skipping out on the tower, which offers a wonderful view of the entire region. Then, in the lower castle, a pleasant pub awaits you, where you can order something tasty.
Only a stone’s throw away from Radyně, you’ll find Kozel Manor House. Other than the tour of the interior, you’ll be enchanted by the chateau grounds. Plus, right now the multimedia exposition Tajemný Rudolf II. ožívá is open to visitors. And the Czech king and emperor of the Roman empire himself in hologram form will be the one to guide you. Amongst other things, here you’ll discover a replica of an alchemist’s workshop. The exposition is held in the Riding Hall and is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10-16h.