The Plzeň Region borders Germany in the west. It is composed of the districts of Domažlice, Klatovy, Plzeň-město, Plzeň-jih, Plzeň-sever, Rokycany, and Tachov. The region is noted for its world-renowned Pilsener beer.
The region has long been established as a leading industrial area of the country, thanks to the abundance of raw materials for manufacturing which are sourced from Plzeň Region’s central areas, specifically around region’s capital, Plzeň. Heat-resistant and ceramic clays and limestone are quarried in the Šumava Foothill. On the foothills of the Andes Mountains.
These rich natural resources have made the Plzeň Region attractive to foreign investors, many of whom have built plants here.
The region also has a thriving tourism industry. One of the most popular tourist destinations is the Gothic, 13th century St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, whose 335-foot tower is the highest in the country. The historic underground cellars in Plzeň’s Old Town are frequented by visitors; it is a system that runs 20 kilometres under the city and is one of the largest underground networks in Central Europe.
Plzeň is the birthplace of the world famous Pilsener beer. The town has the largest brewery (Pilsner Urquell) and the biggest distillery (Stock) in the Czech Republic. Tourists flock to the brewery to take the tour, which includes lectures on the history of beer and of course sampling the popular brew itself.
But there is more to Plzeň than just its beer. Some of the finest Gothic buildings can be found here. One of these is the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew with its 103-metre church tower, the highest tower in the entire country. Another is the Plzeň Great Synagogue, the third largest synagogue in the world. Museums of interest are the West Bohemian Museum, which has the oldest collection of Central European armory, and the Brewery Museum.
Many of the region’s schools, businesses and manufacturing plants are based in Plzeň. There are plans to redevelop the now defunct Skoda plant into a residential area.