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This region is not what I would call a typical tourist area. Nevertheless, I believe Bavaria would not be what it is today without it.
One of the most important ingredients for our beer is the locally grown hops. The area where the hops grows is known under the names "Hallertau" or "Holledau".
Even for our home brew in Canada, hops from the Hallertau was used.
For Elizabeth to actually see hops growing was a new experience and she was amazed. We also had to show it to her dad when he came for a brief visit to us.
When playing tour guide, I always explained that in earlier days, many seasonal workers came to help at harvest time to pick the hops. It was also a job for students. With today's advancements, probably everything is done by machine.
Wolnzach
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Hops
Hops

Pfaffenhofen region
That's how hops is grown

Kloster Scheyern - many thanks to "Meep" and Wikipedia

The name of the region contains the term "Pfaffen" which means "priests". Don't be surprised with the large number of churches and other Christian monuments which you will find here. The best known is the monastery "Kloster Scheyern" which can be dated back to 1116 when a castle was given to Benedictine monks. This castle was converted into an abbey. Since 1180 a relic from the holy cross is kept here.
Naturally, the monastery has experienced many changes over the years but one thing remains unchanged. It is still a vivid center for the Catholic faith.
An other relic which was brought back from a crusade was stolen by Napoleon's troops from a church in Sankt Kastl.
Please contact a local tourist office if you want to get more detailed information about the history of this area. It is really exciting what you can see and learn. Without some guidance, you certainly will miss many things - at least, I would.

Hohenwart - many thanks to "Tegernbach" and Wikipedia

Don't miss to try the local beer. Visit in Wolznach the "Hopfenmuseum" (hops museum). They even offer a beer seminar - ask for actual information. Advanced booking is required.
The region is not only known for growing hops but also for asparagus. Germans prefer the white asparagus which must be peeled before you cook it.
Elizabeth learned this the hard way. She did not listen to me. During our last visit in Thuringia she e peeled it and eat it raw. If you are her in asparagus season try some of the special dishes.

Many thanks for some of the pictures to the nice people from the Pfaffenhofen region!

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