PILSEN

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/In Brief/ The birth­place of Skoda au­to­mo­biles and Pilsner beer, Pilsen is the Czech Repub­lic’s fourth-largest city, known for its art spa­ces, brews, and core of old ar­chi­tec­tural gems, in­clud­ing the world’s third­largest sy­n­a­gogue. /What to Do/ Watch a per­for­mance of con­tem­po­rary cir­cus arts, with Pilsen’s an­nual Le Cirque Nou­veau pro­gram bring­ing 60 per­for­mances from nine in­ter­na­tional cir­cus en­sem­bles ( through De­cem­ber 15). See niche ex­hi­bi­tions at the West Bo­hemian Gallery, one from Mu­nich’s golden age of art—think Kandin­ski and Klee—at “Mu­nich: Shin­ing Me­trop­o­lis of Art” ( through April 6), the other a col­lec­tion of Maori por­traits by na­tive Got­tfried Lin­dauer, on loan from the Na­tional Gallery in Auck­land ( May 6–Septem­ber 20). Go on a stroll through oth­er­wise pri­vate green ar­eas dur­ing the Week­end of Opened Gar­dens ( June 13–14). Hear spec­tac­u­lar jazz at the Bo­hemia Jazz Fest ( July 1–31), an an­nual high­light of Europe’s sum­mer mu­sic cir­cuit. /While You’re There/ Take a tour of the Pilsen His­tor­i­cal Un­der­ground ( plzenske­podzemi.cz), a 20-kilo­me­ter-long maze of sub­ter­ranean tun­nels that date back to the 14th cen­tury. Re­lax af­ter with a beer at Pilsner Urquell Brew­ery ( praz­dro­jvisit.cz), where the first pilsner-style ale was brewed in 1842.

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