Pilsen (Plzeň), situated in western Bohemia, is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic. It is an important industrial, commercial, cultural and administrative centre.
The city was founded on the confluence of four rivers - Uhlava, Uslava, Radbuza and Mze - by the Czech King Wenceslas II in 1295. Situated on the crossroads of two important trade routes and close to Prague, Pilsen experienced an immediate rapid growth.
Industrialisation took off in the 19th century. At that time, industrial giants including the engineering complex Skoda and the Pilsen Brewery were established. Nowadays, the modern industrial zone in Borska Fields represents an extraordinary project in the Czech industrial sphere.
The Pilsen metropolitan area covers 125 square kilometres and has a population of 165,000 inhabitants.
Famous places and monuments to visit in Pilsen include: Republic Square, Saint Bartholomew's Cathedral, Pilsner Urquell Brewery, the Historical underground and Brewery Museum, the Great Synagogue, the park ring, Zoo and Dinopark, Techmania Science Center
In addition to a municipal sports hall with the largest and best indoor surface in western Bohemia, the complex also offers dozens of other sports facilities. The main playing area in the hall is used for traditional sports such as basketball, handball, football, volleyball, as well as non-traditional sports such as floorball or ultimate frisbee.