Agreement Signed May. 6, 2005
Population 170,000
Mayor Roman Zarzycký
Language Czech, Slovak
Currency Koruny
Timezone UTC+1


Plzeň is the fourth most populous city in the Czech Republic, located about 56 miles west of Prague. It is known worldwide for the creation of Pilsner beer in 1842.

Birmingham and Plzeň most recently engaged in a brewery exchange that resulted in a beer collaboration combining hops from Plzeň and Birmingham to make a new beer that was served at the Birmingham Beer Festival.

Locale Information

Plzeň is situated in the Bohemian region and is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic, with a population of over 170,000 people.

Plzeň is an important cultural and industrial center in the region, with a long history of brewing and manufacturing. The city is home to several breweries, including the famous Pilsner Urquell brewery, as well as many museums and cultural institutions, such as the West Bohemian Museum and the Great Synagogue. Plzeň is also known for its beautiful architecture, including the Gothic St. Bartholomew's Cathedral and the Renaissance-style Town Hall.

Its castle was first officially mentioned in 976 AD, and it became a Royal City in 1295. The brewery at the Dobrow Monastery was created in 1375 and remains one of the oldest breweries to survive into modern times. It is also home to the largest cathedral in the Czech Republic and the second largest synagogue in Europe.


The main driver of the economy in Plzeň, Czech Republic is manufacturing, particularly in the automotive and engineering industries. The city is home to several major companies, including Škoda Auto, one of the largest car manufacturers in the country, and Doosan Škoda Power, a leading producer of steam turbines and generators. Other important sectors include food and beverage production, tourism, and services.

Fun Facts

  • Tourist Places

    Prague (includes Castle District, Charles Bridge, and Pruhonice Park); Klementinum and Strahov Monastery Libraries; Karlovy Vary; Kutná Hora; Bohemian Paradise; Konopišt? Chateau; Hluboká Castle; Karlštejn Castle; Melnik

  • Sports

    ice hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball

  • Local Meal

    Vepřo-knedlo-zelo — roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut