17,000 hectares in area, plants seven metres in height and hops as far as the eye can see: Welcome to the largest hop-growing area in the world. Hops have been grown in the Hallertau cultural landscape for more than 1,000 years. The traditions of the region have been shaped by this green gold and have influenced the whole of Bavaria and its beer culture.
Deep in the heart of Bavaria lies the cultural landscape of the Hallertau. Hops are a traditional crop in this hilly and very pristine region. The fertile loess soils of this tertiary hill country are perfect for cultivating the “most Bavarian” plant of all. Hop ambassador Elisabeth Stiglmaier offers guided tours of the region. She offers guests the opportunity to experience the history of the green gold at first hand. “I tell them what the hop means to the Hallertau and how it has changed over time,” explains the expert. The first written document about hop cultivation in the Hallertau dates back to the year 736.