Pilsen in morning light

Pilsen with its about 170 thousand inhabitants is the fourth most populous city in the Czech Republic and it is mostly known for Pilsner beer and former Škoda works. In Czech, the city is called Plzeň. I was born there, grew up there and have been watching its transformation throughout the years. Times, they are changing… and the city has changed as well, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.

The other day my hubby and I went to Pilsen to try and take a few interesting photos. We went in the morning to catch some early light and were lucky to get it. We also got a surprise but about that later.

Here are some of the scenes that I captured in my photos, all of them were taken in or near by the centre of the city:


The synagogue is a beautiful building. I don’t know how it looks inside these days but it was restored wonderfully from the outside. I captured it first plainly from the front, that was that obvious shot, but then we moved further and when I looked back, I saw a perspective that caught my attention and that you can see in the photo above. The wall on the left belongs to a theatre.


“Dragons & Peonies – Chinese textile of the Čching dynasty”, that was the title of the exhibition the billboard was inviting to. It took place in the West Bohemian Museum which is the building on the left side of the photo. The exhibition might have been interesting and I quite regret that I hadn’t known about it before.

Here is a detail from the building above in the background, I loved the colours and lines…


There is a nice park near the museum and I was pleased to find views that looked interesting even in winter when there are no colourful flowers. Like this one, for example:


The path leading through the park continues along a wall and this time some artistic images were hanging on the wall. Together with the blue sky and decorative shadows, the scene looked wonderful.


I loved particularly the following detail, it felt like an invitation to another dimension.


The light made even quite a simple scene prominent…


… and look at the leafless trees that add so much texture to the images…



The following fountain is placed in the main square. Water gushes out of it from late spring to early autumn, it is closed during winter because frozen water would damage it. The fountain is covered with gold leaves. There are three fountains in three corners of the square, each a bit different but of similar design. They are supposed to represent figures from the city’s coat of arms, e.g. this is said to symbolise an angel. Hard to tell, isn’t it, but if you know what to search for, you can find it there.


The fountains were installed in 2010 and were not accepted well by public. They stand in stark contrast to the cathedral in the middle of the square, they are way too symbolic and they were quite expensive. Personally, I didn’t like them either but I got used to them and accepted their challenging presence. I would miss them if they were removed.

And now to the surprise I mentioned at the beginning. When we were returning to our car, we were passing by the synagogue again and found out that probably a movie was being shot there at the moment.




Back at home I learnt that those were scenes from shooting the new 10-part series Genius describing Albert Einstein’s life and featuring Geoffrey Rush. The series have been shot in many places in the Czech Republic! I watched a trailer and long for watching more.

Photographing in the soft and yet prominent morning light resulted in a wonderful walk. I hope you enjoyed it with me.



    1. Sandy, thank you. There are many quite old buildings in the city and many of them have been repaired in the last 20 years which is great. They preserve the atmosphere of the city and create an interesting contrast with modern buildings. Frankly, I hadn’t thought much about the benches before I read your comment… 🙂

  1. I love these, Petra! I felt as if I was on a walk through Pilsen with you. The synagogue is beautiful, and how neat that you happened upon the scene of a movie being made. I liked the perspective in the 4th picture, from the garden near the museum. It would take too long to comment on each individual image, but you found some wonderful lines and angles and some great detail. The pump in the 5th image was interesting to me. What is its purpose? It made a nice feature in your shot. I’m not so sure I like the fountain, either; but that’s a great shot. I also saw some images here that might have qualified for use in your March photo project.

    1. Linda, thank you for your kind words, I’m pleased you like the photos. I think that the pump in the 5th image should provide drinking water from spring to autumn but I don’t know if it’s functional. Next time I’m there in the right season, I will try! 🙂

      You’re right, some of the photos would qualify for the geometry theme we’ve been looking for this month. I couldn’t use the images as they were shot in February but I could go to the same place and take another photo. The conditions might be different though and thus also the results. I prefer looking for something undiscovered yet…

  2. Thank you for the tour of the city! I had no idea Pilsner beer came from a city named Pilsen. The early bird ‘catches the worm’ and a good photograph. 🙂 The synagogue is beautiful, I love the colors on the buildings and the shadows of the trees on the buildings too. How fun to come across where a movie is being filmed. I will have to look for the movie trailer. Have a great weekend!

    1. Michelle, thank you. The early bird was a lucky bird in this case but then again, luck favours the well-prepared… 🙂

      Einstein is such an icon and his theories are broadly popularised but who actually knows what his life was like? That might be educational as well and the trailer I watched looked promising.

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