After leaving Prague our next stop was Dresden, Germany. The drive was about an hour and a half – not too bad. So, we decided to take a little detour. Scott discovered that Pilsner Urquell Brewery was sort of on the way – and it was well worth the stop! So, if you look at the map, our morning started at Point C (Prague), we detoured to Point D (Pilsner Urquell), and then continued to Point E (Dresden):
If you missed out on any part of our journey, feel free to catch up: Vienna, Schonbrunn Palace, Budweiser, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and the Astronomical Clock. Okay, back to Pilsner Urquell . . .
So that was pretty neat to see and to actually drive through. Once inside the gate you enter the brewery grounds. There are several buildings including the old brewery, the new brewery, the restaurant and others.
For the tour you take a bus to each of the buildings to see how their brewery has grown and developed over the years. It was really interesting. Do note, that if you go you have to pay extra to take photos while on the tour, but worth it! The first stop on the tour was to see the bottling. All of their beer is bottled here, nothing is contracted out.
From there we got to see the old copper tanks where they used to brew. If you notice you can see some of the pipes have many dents in them. Often the hops would get stuck in the pipes and the only way to get them through would be to whack them with a stick!
Part of the tour even included an interactive video and journey though the history of their product. From here we had a huge surprise. In the past, Pilsner Urquell used to store their beer in a cool underground maze of caves. Part of the tour allows you to go to this network of underground storage caves.
Of course the beer we get delivered and bottled to us are not stored in these caves anymore. However, Pilsner Urquell does store some of their beer in these old barrels still for special occasions and for the brewery tour! So we went further into the caves for our fresh brew . . .
The caves were really awesome to walk around – the lighting, the old barrels, the walls – it certainly made the tour unique! And we have been on many tours!