If you think I’m sounding like a broken record about beer in Bavaria; you have to understand that Bavaria and beer just go hand in hand together. If you don’t believe me, then why would you find that the Upper Bavarian town of Wolnzach be one of the largest hop growing areas in all of Germany?
For a thousand years the little green things that make beer, a well beer, have been planted here. At Wolnzach’s Deutsches Hopfenmuseum or German Hops Museum you’re able to find out more about what makes this stuff special. Thanks to those German Purity Laws from 1516, the stuff is still made with the same ingredients as they were five centuries ago.
Better yet, after you’ve learned about the brew; go try some. Over at the Bürgerbräu Brewery you can sample some of the best that Bavaria has to offer.
I would recommend that you indulge after you’ve visited the St. Laurentius Church (whose original was built in 800 A.D.), and Wolnzach’s Town Hall (with art exhibitions in the lower level) that overlooks both the Marienplatz and Mariensäule.
Not a good idea to drink the beer before you’ve gone and played on the town’s golf course with 27-holes, gone swimming, tried Nordic Walking, or even renting a bicycle for a spin around the Hallertau.
If you’re curious enough about the region of the Hallertau take a guided tour known as the Hallertau Exhibition. This four kilometer course is an abundance of information about the natural landscape.
Though, I would recommend staying close to the center of town for the annual Folk Festival that takes place in either the beginning or middle of August every year. The town’s circus happens only once every other year.
October, the first weekend actually, brings many pious pilgrims to the area to follow along towards one of the region’s Pilgrimage Churches.
After you’ve done all of that, go back to the Bürgerbräu Brewery. I’ll be waiting for you. ;-)