Your Plzeň pilgrimage will begin at the New Jewish Cemetery
on the city’s eastern side. You can take a stroll among around 2,000 tombs beneath the shade of the broad crowns of trees, view two monuments to the victims of war, and remember your ancestors in peace. Once you have finished there, take the main street Rokycanská in a westerly direction and until you reach the city centre. The Old Synagogue
is hidden in a courtyard between the streets Smetanovy sady and Americká třída. As well as admiring its sensitively executed renovation you can take in an exhibition on the history of Plzeň’s Jews and their culture and tradition. Visiting a monument to deported Jews at the spot in its garden where the Ancillary Synagogue once stood is a powerful experience. It is also possible to reach the city centre by taking a bus and then transferring to a tram. You then take Americká St. in your original direction until you get to Klatovská třída. This locality features flats with interiors
by the world-renowned architect Adolf Loos
. Some of them (e.g., a salon with a dining room at Klatovská 12
and a flat at Bendova 10
) are accessible if you make a prior reservation at wwww.visitplzen.eu. This whole detour can be done by tram, though Bendova is only one tram stop away. Once you have taken in the recently renovated flats, return to the main street until you reach your next port of call, the Great Synagogue
. One of the largest synagogues in the world, the building’s monumental nature and beauty will bowl you over, though the space also delivers top-notch arts events. You will conclude your visit to Plzeň
at the Old Jewish Cemetery. There you can take a break in peace in a park that stands on the original site of the Old Jewish Cemetery
and peruse several remaining tombstones and a granite memorial.
Plzeň is cca 100 km from Prague on the D5 motorway. You can reach it by car in approximately one hour. The journey by train or bus takes just under an hour and a half.
The itinerary is intended for walkers but can be combined with the use of public transport or car transfer.