3 Million Hectolitres
Tomorrow I and the the visiting parental units travel to Plzeň (Pilsen), home of Pilsener Urquell beer. The famous brewery is only one of the attractions of this Western Bohemian town. It is also home to the Škoda automobile factories. (In an air raid during WWII, Allied forces mistakenly bombed a monastery, which was mistaken for the auto works buildings, in the nearby town Bezdružice). Visitors to the area can also enjoy other Czech "bests," including the highest church tower, largest lake, oldest airport, and the second largest synagogue in Europe (third largest in the world). You can find more bizarre things in the area, too: the leaning church tower in Domažlice; the smallest town in Central Europe, Rabštejn nad Střelou, with "less than 30" residents; the three-ton glass altar in the town Dobrá voda ("Good Water"); or the largest glass nativity scene at the chateau in Bezdružice ("Without Satellite"). You won't find the largest picture of groceries next to a bus stop, though--I photographed that in Vienna and plan to submit it to the Guinness Book posthaste.