Located 50 mi/85 km southwest of Prague, the smoky industrial town of Plzen is the famed birthplace of pilsner beer. Among the sites are Pilsner Urquell Brewery and—as you might expect—the Brewery Museum. One fun activity is to roam the tunnel system built under Plzen in the Middle Ages.
Other places of interest include St. Bartholomew Church, the West Bohemian museum and, of course, the beer halls. History buffs will appreciate the memorial commemorating U.S. Gen. George Patton's Third Army liberation of the city on 6 May 1945, which stands on Chodske Square, as well as the Patton museum located at Pobrezni 10.
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